Lydia’s parents came from the St Vincents in the Caribbean to Birmingham in the early 60’s. They rented a few properties at various places in Sparkbrook, before buying a house on Durham Road in 1964. Lydia was born in 1966 and grew up playing with her neighbors and going to church. She attended Greet School and Golden Hillock School, before eventually enrolling onto a course at Birmingham University. She has lived all over the country since then, and now works for the Arts Council in Birmingham.