Since July 2017 I have been Editor of Kin, an editorial project consisting of a twice-monthly email newsletter and 60-page magazine for development charity VSO. Read More
I interviewed the artist Mahtab Hussain about his show before the wave of terror attacks in Summer 2017 (Westminister, Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park). Arguably, the exhibition's themes are all the more important in the wake of these attacks. Read More
My story on the 1976's Grunwick strike, mainly South Asian women, at a photo-processing laboratory in North West London led by Jayaben Desai, which drew 20,000 supporters to the picket line. Grunwick saw immigrants became part of Britain's working class and labour movement for the first time and it was also a landmark in people coming together and standing up for immigrants in a racist, xenophobic era. Read More
I wrote about the phenomenon of Indian pubs, or Desi pubs, in the West Midlands. Many of these pubs barred Indians and people of colour in the 1960s and there's something very lovely about how these pubs are now Indian-owned and beacons of multiculturalism and symbolise a proud British-Indian identity. They are also breathing new life into a moribund pub industry. Read More
Thanks to Creative Black Country for organising the Desi Pubs exhibition that enabled me to write about this.
Hugely proud to say I made my Radio 4 debut on July 1st 2015, with a 30minute documentary about how Britain's £3.6billion curry industry is in crisis because visa immigration rules have caused a chronic lack of chefs. The government has set up 'curry colleges' (yes, really) to make the short fall and thus far they have been a disaster. Hardeep Singh Kohli investigates Read More
This story looks at the influence of pre-revolution Iran of the 1970s on contemporary Iranian artists, particularly in the diaspora. It was a really enjoyable story to do as the artists and curator I spoke to were so interesting and lovely, and there was lots of fascinating insights on memory and identity, especially for people who have left the motherland. Read More
Is oil sponsorship heading the same way as tobacco sponsorship?
Over the last couple of years, I've been following activists campaigning to remove oil sponsorship of Britain's arts - specifically BP's sponsorship of Tate Britain, British Museum, Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery.