I started attending the Blackie in the late 1960s. The whole place was different and we did things that we would never do in Liverpool 8. It was a new experience to me and something different. Just to be involved in art work was something that I had never really indulged in. It was an era when the Blackie acted as an educational base for many Black kids.
I was part of a team that interviewed such artists as The Three Degrees, Jackson 5, Temptations and The Persuasions, not only were we going to see these internationally renowned artists but we also met them backstage or in the Holiday Inn to conduct interviews - pure magic.
I was invited to attend a “ballet in Preston” by Bill Harpe. Actually it was the Dance Theatre of Harlem. I could not believe that I would be a part of a conventional ballet trip. I have been to more ballet concerts since my first experience. Even today I encourage my children to go to such events.
I moved to Copenhagen in 1979 and was working there for a while. I started to link with the indigenous population doing things like A Cappella / folk music and generally became part of the local artistic scene. There is little doubt that my Blackie experience enabled me to make meaningful links with ordinary people on the streets of Copenhagen.
I then had a full time job as a paint sprayer but still found time to come to the Blackie and organise playgroups and workshops. I also linked with Radio Doom and conducted a number of sound workshops. I am on tapes that are part of Black-E history.
I met my first wife in the Blackie, she was a volunteer in the late 1970’s we had two children who were both born in Denmark where we had moved. They are Danish citizens and both bi-lingual, I had been influenced by Judith Gough to learn other languages.