Andrew O'Hagan -The Tower
Article is taken from the 7 June 2018 issue of the London Review of Books. It's an astonishing piece of writing and video of some 40,000 to 50,000 words, Andrew is telling the stories of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy that shook the not only the UK, but the world.
Grenfell Tower was a social housing experiment, this building was at one time a jewel in it's neighborhood, but botched refurbishment and neglect over many years led to it being consumed by fire. How could this happen in a modern Britain?
Click the photo above for the long article.
Grenfell: The End of an Experiment?
Following the fire at Grenfell Tower, Anthony Wilks investigates the culture of Kensington and Chelsea Council and where it came from. The film accompanies a written piece about Grenfell and its aftermath by Andrew O'Hagan for the London Review of Books.
Click image to watch film. It's a compelling watch, weaving the stories of the different impoverished communities among them the groups from Empire Windrush brought one of the first large groups of postwar West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom, carrying 1,027 passengers and two stowaways on a voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948. 802 of these passengers gave their last country of residence as somewhere in the Caribbean: of these, 693 intended to settle in the United Kingdom.
I became aware the article after hearing a BBC Radio 4 show Saturday Review where the panel were chatting about 'The Accident" a new TV show and it's reference and context to Grenfell Tower and other tragic events over some years in the UK.
Click the image to listen to BBC sounds programme.