Revisited: Britain’s rich history of black literature – podcast | News

This week we’re revisiting some of our favorite episodes from 2021. This episode was first broadcast on 18 October.

Within the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of the previous 18 months, black authors rocketed to the highest of bestseller lists in fiction and non-fiction. It prompted a reckoning within the publishing trade, as elsewhere, about how a lot expertise was being ignored and the way they might diversify their providing. For years, work by black authors was usually missed off the most important prize shortlists and the e book competition circuit.

Becoming a member of Nosheen Iqbal to debate the rich history of black literature are three acclaimed authors: Ben Okri, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Azumah Nelson.

They focus on the way in which they had been taught literature from an completely white syllabus rising up and their completely different routes to turning into profitable authors, in addition to the long run of black writing and the controversies round who can inform tales about black experiences. Lastly, they provide us their advisable picks in your subsequent large learn.


All of the books talked about on this podcast:

Ben Okri – Each Leaf a Hallelujah

Candice-Carty Williams – Empress & Aniya

Caleb Azumah-Nelson – Open Water

Ben Okri – The Famished Highway

Candice Carty-Williams – Queenie

Chinua Achebe – Issues Fall Aside

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – Weep not, Youngster

Buchi Emecheta – Second Class Citizen

Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses

Margaret Busby – Daughters of Africa

Kayo Chingonyi – A Blood Situation


Kayo Chinognyi – Kumukanda

Raymond Antrobus – All of the Names Given

Vanessa Onwuemezi – Darkish Neighbourhood

Ben Okri, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Azumah Nelson

Composite: /REX/ Suki Dhanda

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