Jo Bloom

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. Follow her on Twitter @missiejobloom or visit her website Image cr. Matthew Andrews
Ridley Road: Fighting the Fascists
50 years after its formation, the story of the anti-fascist 62 Group – the successor to the 43 Group, two veterans of which joined us at Jewish Book Week 2020 – remains relevant, as shown by the huge interest in the BBC1 drama Ridley Road, which took its name from a well-known fascist meeting place and site of several battles.  Jo Bloom, on whose novel the miniseries was based, is joined by Dr Dave Rich, director of policy at the Community Security Trust (CST) a...