Revisited: The Rich British History of Black Literature – podcast | News
This week we’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from 2021. This episode first aired on October 18th.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of the past 18 months, black writers have risen to the top of bestseller lists in both fiction and non-fiction. This prompted the publishing industry, as elsewhere, to take into account how much talent was being overlooked and how they could diversify their offering. For years, the works of black authors have often been absent from the grand prix lists and the book festival circuit.
Join Nosheen Iqbal to discuss the rich history of black literature, three acclaimed authors: Ben Okri, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Azumah Nelson.
They discuss how they learned about literature from an exclusively white curriculum growing up and their different paths to becoming successful writers, as well as the future of black writing and the controversies surrounding it. can tell stories about black experiences. Finally, they give us their recommended picks for your next big read.
All the books mentioned in this podcast:
Ben Okri – Every leaf a hallelujah
Candice-Carty Williams – Empress and Aniya
Caleb Azumah-Nelson – Open Water
Ben Okri – The Hungry Road
Candice Carty-Williams – Queenie
Chinua Achebe – Things are falling apart
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – Don’t cry, child
Buchi Emecheta – Second Class Citizen
Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Cross
Margaret Busby – Girls of Africa
Kayo Chingonyi – A Blood Disease
Kayo Chinognyi – Kumukanda
Raymond Antrobus – All names given
Vanessa Onwuemezi – Dark Quarter
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