Tessa McWatt is the author of seven novels and two books for young people. She is the co-editor, with Dionne Brand and Rabindranath Maharaj, of Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada. She is also a librettist and professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia.
We are masked. Mine is black with white elephants parading across it, the fabric from my local Nigerian seamstress, who now sells them in the front window of her shop. His is simple black, warrior-like and fitting for this . . .