When I told the poet Daljit Nagra about the Every Minute ethnography with Richard House he was keen to show his support. Daljit, who used to be a teacher and is of Punjabi heritage, made this short audio especially for us. It is about the ideas and inspiration behind his funny and poignant poem ‘In a White Town’. The poem is about Daljit’s mum and about a child’s negotiation of different heritages.
“She never looked like other boys’ mums./ No-one ever looked without looking again/at the pink kameez and balloon’d bottoms….’
‘Look We Have Coming to Dover’ (2007, London: Faber and Faber)