Jo Bloom has worked as a freelancer in the communications field for the past fifteen years with a focus on arts publicity and e-learning. She also contributed to the book review section of Time Out, London for a few years. Prior to this she lived and worked in Prague and New York. She was inspired to write Ridley Road when she met a Jewish anti-fascist who’d lived in the East End all his life and participated in numerous street battles with the fascists alongside both the 43 Group and the 62 Group. She lives in Brighton with her husband and young son.
Debut author Jo Bloom shares the story behind her dark sixties love story Ridley Road and explains why this tale of a ‘band of brave, passionate men who took matters into their own hands’ is as relevant today as it ever was.
Debut author Jo Bloom answers a few of our questions and explains a little more about how she writes, and why she has never drunk beer.