Sorcha Pollak writes for the Irish Times with a specific focus on migration and the refugee crisis. She writes a weekly series called ‘New to the Parish’ about people who have moved to Ireland in the past decade. Her book ‘New to the Parish: Stories of Love, War and Adventure from Ireland’s Immigrants’ was published in 2018. Sorcha has lived and worked in the Amazon jungle, Delhi, Paris, Seville and London and moved back to Ireland in late 2013.
Straightened. Stigmatised. ‘Tamed’. Celebrated. Erased. Managed. Appropriated. Forever misunderstood. Black hair is never ‘just hair’. The scope of black hairstyling ranges from pop culture to cosmology, from prehistoric times to the (afro)futuristic. Uncovering sophisticated indigenous mathematical systems in black hairstyles, alongside styles that served as secret intelligence networks leading enslaved Africans to freedom, Don’t Touch My […]