Ambalavaner Sivanandan left Ceylon in 1958, then aged 35, shocked by the violence of the ’58 riots in Colombo. Months later, he arrived in London and ‘walked straight into the Notting Hill Gate riots.’


Pearl Thevanayagam came to England at the age of 21 to study English literature in 1976. She returned home in 1981 after the death of her father and embarked on a successful career in war reporting.


Ambica Selvaraj was born in a multicultural neighbourhood in Colombo in April 1951. Though she spoke Tamil at home and in school, she spent most of her childhood in
the company of Sinhalese and
English-speaking children,
unaware of the issues that would become so salient later on.


RS was born in Wallington, London in April 1989. He was raised in a tight-knit Christian family in the London Borough of Sutton, one of the southernmost boroughs of London.