Esther Lawson Talks of the Experiences that Inspired her Writing
Esther Lawson, author of 'Wogamatter', talks about how her past experience of racism led her to right her novel.
Esther has talked with River News and discusses her views on racism in not only the past, but the times we currently live in. The news story is accompanied by a Soundcloud clip in which Esther goes into detail about her experience as a child including the harrowing reality of being arrested aged only 8 years old. The full news story can be seen here.
'Wogamatter' by Esther Lawson is a compelling tale of a small mixed-race girl, growing up in post-war Britain, and her experiences of racism in all its forms from all quarters of society. A sad story, but one with a real moral at its heart, no reader will fail to be moved by the author's account of her life as a young child and developing teenager.
'Wogamatter' is recounted through the eyes of a child, allowing the reader to feel keenly the bewilderment and confusion of someone persecuted for the way they look.
The early narrative throws the naive optimism of a young child into sharp contrast with the abject misery she is subjected to.
We are born into the Human Race, however there are no guarantees that you will be accepted; to obtain acceptance is a fight against an automatic classification of colour, rendering you as second class to our counterparts.
No law in nature demanded any difference, we are all one.