Uprising new on 20 July from Steve McQueen and James Rogan, a 3-part BBC series takes us to 1981 and events surrounding the tragedy of the New Cross fire that killed 13 black teenagers and the protests that followed, is important to watch. Somehow in the media narrative and the broader societal prioritisating of the time the tragedy did not matter in the slightest.
Read, in case dismissively or politely you decide that all this is ancient hIstory, instead from the text of the deeply moving Ben Okri poem ‘Grenfell Tower, June, 2017’ of which these lines particularly resonate: ''At a destiny that draws near with another name/Sometimes it takes an image to wake up a nation.'' Steve McQueen, top. Photo: BBC