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Boris Johnson: the party’s over

Vivienne Griffiths
Photo of House of Commons with text overlaid: PM apologises in House of Commons for offence caused by aides joking about Christmas party.

Over the past few weeks a number of scandals have rocked Westminster and Boris Johnson’s position as prime minister. Vivienne Griffiths examines the fallout of the ongoing furore and its impact on the Conservative government and its leader.

Afghan refugees desperately need our help…

Vivienne Griffiths
A line of child refugees in Kabul, Afghanistan

Government bungling together with Priti Patel’s inhumane Borders Bill and disastrous Home Office response have only served to hinder humanitarian efforts, both with the evacuation in Afghanistan and assisting asylum seekers here in the UK. Traumatised Afghan refugees who have barely escaped with their lives deserve kindness, compassion and support, not more hostility. Writer Vivienne Griffiths examines the horrifying events of recent days and offers practical advice for anyone iwanting to help refugees locally…

Joni Mitchell’s Blue at 50 sparks memories of travelling and music

Vivienne Griffiths
Joni Mitchell's album "Blue" was released 50 years ago in 1971

When Joni Mitchell’s album Blue came out in June 1971, the author Vivienne Griffiths, herself then an aspiring folk singer, had not long returned to the UK from an exciting year of travels in the USA. “Even now,” she says, “I only have to hear the opening chords of the songs, with their haunting music and evocative lyrics, and it conjures up this memorable time in my life.”

Violence against women must end

Rev Susie Courtault & Vivienne Griffiths
A lit tea light, shining a light on male violence against women.

Susie Courtault and Vivienne Griffiths interviewed five women aged between 12 and 72 about their experiences of male violence and abuse. They conclude that boys need to be educated to process their emotions and to understand that sexual harassment and violence are never acceptable.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

My remarkable aunts

Vivienne Griffiths

As International Women’s Day approaches on 8 March, Vivienne Griffiths remembers two of her aunts: Florence Rourke and Kay Williams. Both were remarkable women, in very different ways, and both had a profound influence on Vivienne’s life.

SUSSEX PEOPLE AND PLACES

Retired doctor turned community worker: Kim Shamash

Vivienne Griffiths

Kim Shamash told Vivienne Griffiths how the Brighton and Hove network sprang up just before the first lockdown. Within a week there were 42 areas with at least 3,000 people joining numerous area and street WhatsApp and Facebook groups to request or offer mutual support.

A story of workplace bullying

Vivienne Griffiths

Prompted by Boris Johnson’s refusal to sack Priti Patel despite a formal investigation finding evidence of bullying, Vivienne Griffiths recalls her experience of workplace bullying in higher education. Over a five-year period she experienced ongoing bullying from a senior colleague at her university, with significant impact on her professional and personal life.

No. 15: 9 December 2021 | New articles added frequently

Rick Dillon

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS! … and many thanks for your continuing support. Meanwhile, we’d love to hear your comments about our articles, local or national events, or life in general. Click on this link to email mailto:letters@sussexbylines.co.ukPlease keep letters to no more than 300 words, giving your […]

Christmas Tales from Elsewhere

Various Writers

Among writers’ Christmas memories are a magical Brexit escape to Spain, an expat boy’s first experience of snow, a night on the tiles and Chistmas Day in a War Zone.

BREXIT VOTE FIVE YEARS ON

So, after all the promises: is Brexit really done?

Dorothy Smith

In the light of all the propaganda, no doubt some people were persuaded by the slogan’Get Brexit done’, to change their vote at the last general election, imagining that, after Brexit, things would change for the better.  On the day the UK officially left the EU, 31 January 2020, Britain’s exit was presented by Boris […]

Issue No.14: 9 November 2021 | New articles added frequently

Rick Dillon

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Issue No. 13: 11 October 2021

Louise Houghton

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Who will police the police?

Allegra Chapman
Downing Street police guards seen through the railings

Since Sarah Everard was murdered in March by a serving police officer, 81 women have been killed in the UK at the hands of men. How are women supposed to feel safe on our streets if the very people whose primary job is to protect us are instead disregarding, mocking or killing us? Can women trust the police? And perhaps more importantly, should we?

The Afghan people that I know…

Maya Evans
Afghan women wearing Burqas and one in a hijab

Peace campaigner and Hastings Councillor Maya Evans, who has been visiting Afghanistan for the past 10 years, gives a first-hand account of life for the Afghans she met and came to know so well. They are, she says, the real left-behind poor, the ones who have already suffered so much in the conflict through no fault of their own. And she explains why now, more than ever, they need – and deserve – the West’s help to rebuild their devastated country and shattered lives…

Issue No. 12: 25 August 2021 | New articles added frequently

Katrina Best
View over the Low Weald from the East Sussex South Downs

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What Sussex means to us

Sussex Bylines
A glider flies over the South Downs near Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex

On the first anniversary of Sussex Bylines’ inaugural issue, some of our key contributors have written a short piece on the subject of “What Sussex Means to Me”. From memories of being a student at the newly built Sussex University in 1966 while living in shabby digs in Brighton to the legendary magic of bonfire night in Lewes, this compilation is a wonderfully eclectic mix of short personal essays…

WHAT SUSSEX MEANS TO US

A room with a sea view

Vivienne Griffiths
Palace Pier, Brighton

To celebrate the first anniversary of Sussex Bylines’ inaugural issue, we asked some of our key contributors to write a short piece on the subject of “What Sussex Means to Me”. From memories of being a student at the newly built Sussex University in the sixties while living in shabby digs in Brighton, to the […]

Issue No. 11: 14 July 2021 | New articles added frequently

Katrina Best
Image showing the England football team kneeling on the pitch with Priti Patel arriving in a tank and Boris Johnson streaking topless

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Issue No. 10: 25 May 2021 | New articles added frequently

Petra Kopp
Close-up of chainlink fence.

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SUSSEX PEOPLE AND PLACES

Preston Park garden manager, Andy Jeavons, and his gardening volunteers

Vivienne Griffiths

When the Brighton Rockery came up as a project in 2000, Andy Jeavons, Preston Park garden manager, jumped at the chance. It was a daunting prospect, as at that stage the garden had not been touched for years and was “completely overgrown”. After the hurricane in 1987, “it went to rack and ruin”, as there was a lot of damage in all the Brighton parks and the Rockery was not a priority.

Issue No. 9: 3 April 2021 | New articles added frequently

Petra Kopp

If you have comments about our articles, local or national events, or life in general, please email our letters editor. Letters should be no longer than 300 words, giving your name and where you live. We reserve the right to decide and edit what is published.  We are proud to announce the launch of Our Future, […]

See, Support, Report: a safe, effective way to react to racism

Rick Dillon

Structural racism is endemic in our society, but it can be challenged. Sussex Bylines shines a light on the nature of unconscious bias, the racial inequalities highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic and hears from Shamser Chohan, creative director of the social enterprise Communities Inc.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

International Women’s Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

Sussex Bylines

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, we feature this selection of articles published in Sussex Bylines in the run-up to 8 March, along with other pieces about women who have fought for political representation, challenged prejudice, refused to remain invisible, and who have been proud to hold the banner of women’s rights high.

Issue No. 8: 23 February 2021 | New articles added frequently

Petra Kopp

We now have a letters page! So if you have comments about our articles, local or national events, or life in general, please email us. Letters should be no longer than 300 words, giving your name and where you live. We reserve the right to decide and edit what is published.  Bylines podcast: Promoting diversity in […]

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UK border control: another world-beating record?

Vivienne Griffiths & Sara Johnson

Since 18 January, all travellers to the UK from overseas must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test and quarantine for up to 10 days on arrival. Travel corridors have also been closed and the government is set to announce mandatory quarantine hotels. But why has it taken so long to introduce such measures?

Issue No. 7: 16 January 2021

Petra Kopp

Sussex Bylines is looking for new young writers, artists, cartoonists, poets, photographers and videographers…! If you have a story to tell, please get in touch. We now have a letters page! So if you have comments about our articles, local or national events, or life in general, please email us. Letters should be no longer […]