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October 4, 2013


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Just back from shooting a film about the Berber Marriage Festival in Morocco’s High Atlas. A wonderful privilege to spend a week with Mohamed and Fatema, who met three months ago for one hour and decided to marry. They invited us to join them as they met for only the third time, to tie the knot with 37 other couples. We filmed in their homes, exploring their traditional customs as Amazigh people, the name they choose for themselves, rather than Berber. We held back to give them privacy during the ceremony itself, and some families were angry at the media presence, even threatening us with violence. Hardly surprising when one French crew had brought a fake bride and groom and tried to pass them off as genuine. Thanks to a...


September 8, 2013


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September 7, 2013


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I never imagined that I would ever be involved in presenting awards to graduating students, but here I am, a Governor of the University of South Wales presiding over the Caerleon campus graduation ceremony with the Vice Chancellor, Julie Lydon, on 6 September 2013. As it happens, this was the first occasion on which both Chair and VC of the university were women. I am wearing an academic gown for the first time in my life. When I graduated, I decided not to go to my ceremony on the grounds that the University of London had not chosen my preferred candidate to be Chancellor. With other radicals in the student union, I had campaigned for Nelson Mandela. OK he might have been imprisoned on Robben Island at the time, but...


September 7, 2013


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September 6, 2013


What would I do differently.mov from Deborah Perkin on Vimeo.


September 5, 2013


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September 4, 2013


Being a working woman.mov from Deborah Perkin on Vimeo.


September 3, 2013


Never losing faith.mov from Deborah Perkin on Vimeo.


September 2, 2013


Living with single mums.mov from Deborah Perkin on Vimeo.


August 30, 2013


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I am so sad to hear that Seamus Heaney has died aged 74. His powerful precise poems have been inspirational to me since I was a student. In Elegy he wrote a great truth: “The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life.” He wrote with such humanity, about farmers and memories and violence in Northern Ireland and love and life and our responsibilities to each other in art and occupation. He talked of “lyric defiance” being as important as “civic responsibility”. He made the best translation of Beowulf, and with Ted Hughes he edited a brilliant collection of poems designed to lure people back into poetry. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was a gift to us all.