Six questions to… Roger Griffith

This Bristol broadcaster and social entrepreneur has just published his memoir, My American Odyssey: From the Windrush to the White House. The book documents the experiences of his parents’ generation — known as the Windrush Generation, arriving from the Caribbean to help rebuild the ‘Motherland’ after World War II — and his generation, the first generation of Black-Britons born in the UK.

What was your first job?

I left school without qualifications and worked as a labourer/decorator for ten years with long periods of unemployment in between during the harsh 1980s. I then became a trainee housing officer which kick-started my life.

Which author has inspired you most?

James Herbert was the first adult author I came across and I devoured his works of the Rats Trilogy, The Fog and The Dark.

He was a master at using fear, horror and macabre wit in his story-telling and it fired my imagination as well as my own dark, earthy humour.

What are you reading now?

The Autobiography of Malcolm X 50 years from his anniversary this still a powerful story of inspiration in turning one’s life around and changing your life.

Which is your favourite fairy tale?

Little Red Riding Hood. The Big Bad Wolf my first role model.

Which fictional character would you most like to spend time with — and why?

Needed two here 70s Super smooth black film private detective John Shaft but when fighting the cops and villains gets too much I’ll call Jessica Rabbit. All Woman.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Tough one but Denzel Washington remains the best there is.

• Roger will be speaking at the Crawley WORDfest Finale — an eclectic mix of artists, authors and poets coming together to mark the end of WORDfest 2015 on Thurs 7 May. Location: Crawley Library Doors: 7pm Tickets: FREE call 01293 651751 or email us to reserve your place

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