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Dame Floella Benjamin


Soundings contributor Liz talks about the life and work of Dame Floella Benjamin, who came to Britain from the Caribbean in 1960. She faced racism as a child, then became a presenter for 11 years on BBC TV’s Play School. She has gone on to dedicate her life to children’s welfare – raising money and awareness – and is now a Life Peer in the House of Lords.


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The life and times of Dame Floella Benjamin – so much more than a children’s TV presenter!

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  • Liz

    Liz Macintyre Allan was born and brought up on the southside of Glasgow. She attended Scotland Street Primary School and later Glasgow University where she was awarded an Honours Degree in History and Comparative Religion. Liz stayed at home for several years while she raised her family and then decided to re-enter academic life as a mature student. After a happy career in education, Liz decided to take a different a story teller. She found a collection of over 300 letters written by her father and describing his experiences during WW2. Liz transcribed his words and it became a successful book....Love Letters from a Desert Rat.

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