THE SELFISH GIANT

2. The Selfish Giant - Final Podcast Page copy

A listener has emailed me to ask whose face I’ve used on the title page of this podcast, and I can tell you it’s that of Edward Colston as he’s depicted on his eighteen-foot high bronze statue in the centre of Bristol. For those of you that don’t know he, and his family, were the city’s biggest slave-traders and plantation owners, and they made most of their huge fortune from this evil trade.

‘So let us build a citadel,
A Hadrian’s Wall or stones of Henge,
Mere bricks of prose ne’er work so well,
As rhyming’s obdurate revenge.’
Cheers, Sting.