Death Festival: Mina Smallman in conversation with Jude Kelly
Part of Death Festival
In June 2020, sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were brutally murdered in a north London park. Join Jude Kelly in conversation with their mother Mina Smallman, as she shares her journey of grief, rage, faith and activism.
Mina Smallman is a retired Anglican priest and former High School teacher. She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Before being ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral, she was a former Assistant Principal of John Kelly Girls’ Technology College. She served as the Archdeacon of Southend in the Diocese of Chelmsford from 2013-2016. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the title of Emeritus the Venerable.
In 2020, two of Ms Smallman’s daughters, Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, were found murdered in a park in north London. In July 2020, Danyal Hussein was convicted of their murders and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ms Smallman and her husband Chris have criticised the Metropolitan Police Service for being initially dismissive and mishandling the missing persons investigation, questioning whether the murder of women of colour is treated differently by police and society at large. In December 2021, two Metropolitan Police Officers who took photographs of the murdered sisters and shared the images to WhatsApp – conduct described by Ms Smallman as “a betrayal of catastrophic proportions” – were convicted and jailed for 33 months.
Mina Smallman has partnered with Stacey Dooley to tell her story in the documentary, Two Daughters for BBC Two and iPlayer. She was included in the BBC’s 100 Women List for 2021, for her trailblazing work as the first female Church of England archdeacon from a black or ethnic minority background, and for her campaigning to make UK streets safer and to reform the police. In 2022 she became an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.
Hospice UK is the charity partner of Death Festival, bringing voices, experience and expertise from its Dying Matters campaign to help change the conversation about death and dying. Death Festival is supported by DeadHappy, life insurance to die for.
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Dates & Times
Friday 11 November, 20228:00pm