My name is Bart Moore-Gilbert and I am currently Professor of Postcolonial Studies and English at Goldsmiths, University of London – although I was due to take early retirement as of August 31 this year (quite what my diagnosis will mean for those plans is one of the many mysteries to be unravelled in due course!) I’m currently in the second year of a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, which has bought me out of Goldsmiths duties to do research on the cultural politics and production of Israel / Palestine, an area of the world in which I have a long-standing interest. I live in Clapham Junction with my partner, Anna, and three-year old daughter (she’ll be four this June), Maddy. Despite the usual ups and downs of family life, we’re a very strong and loving unit, which I’m sure will stand me in very good stead in the months ahead. Getting better for their sake is my prime motivation and I’m determined to do so.