Welcome to my website
My name is Andrew Whitehead. I work as a news journalist, but this website is about the other aspects of my life - my enthusiasms, interests and the issues and topics which have caught my attention. These range from contemporary Kashmir to representations of London in fiction, from the Liberal campaigning anthem 'The Land Song' to my collections of political pamphlets and memorabilia.
I've posted on the site some material which I hope may be of interest to researchers - listings of my interviews with those who lived through Partition in South Asia, my recordings of the recollections of British political activists, a visual record of Kashmir in the turbulent year of 1947, and the audio of some of the radio documentaries I have compiled and presented.
There's a blog too - do take a look. And I'd be very keen to hear from you about the site and its contents - here's where you can contact me. Thanks for paying my website a visit - do come again.
What's new on this site!
October 25: a literary jaunt through Dublin and Camden Town, The Life of Riley a 1960s comic classic by Anthony Cronin with a great jacket design too
October 17: the Johnny Cash cash machine on Camden's Parkway
September 25: a piece of cake in a Fitzrovia pissoir
September 22: a new page collating newsreel footage of Kashmir in 1947
September 15: in memory of Alys Faiz - two interviews about the left, Partition, Faiz
September 2: caught on camera on Camden's Parkway - vintage shop window
August 13: fascinating, compulsive, welcoming - thoughts on my Burmese Days
August 3: one radical poet pays tribute to another - full story on the blog
July 21: feline cruelty in Suffolk
July 14: the vivid cover design of a 1928 edition of this classic account of the Bolshevik Revolution, 10 Days that Shook the World.
June 30: visit the blog for more on the last embers of Red Tuscany
June 8: chole bhature in London's Punjabi-town ... or lunch on Southall Broadway
May 31: Kashmir revisited - the valley as it is now and was twenty years ago
May 14: remembering Ram Nahum, a young Cambridge communist killed by the only German bomb to fall on the city in WW2
April 27: E.P. Thompson and 'the enormous condescension of posterity'
April 6: could Kashmir's top colonial era hotel come back to life?
March 14: the end of 'Freedom'
March 2: 'The Calcutta Key', wartime advice to American soldiers based in Bengal - more sensitive and engaged than you might imagine
February 21: the latest in political headgear - the 'Aam Admi' cap, hot from Delhi
February 1: the glory of City Lights ... and San Francisco's other world beating bookstore
January 23: a PhD for all seasons - dressed up as a latter day Thomas Cromwell for a graduation ceremony at Warwick University
December 8: the HOPE chronicles, mapped and snapped
October 11: Clive Branson, his daughter, and his '30s paintings of 'red Battersea'
This is the website of Andrew Whitehead.