Black Herstory Month #thisbook

Fantastic evening at UCL, great panel of writers, poets and bloggers on their must read book by a woman of colour.

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Here is the list they suggested:

1. Nervous conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Read if you are interested in: Zimbabwe, the process of becoming westernised, colonialism, immigration, gender, sexism.  
                   
2. Octavia E Butler- Kindred.
Read if you are interested in:

Afro futurism. African spirituality. Female protagonists, time travel, life on a plantation. Sci fiction.  
         
3. Changes- Ama Ata Aidoo.
Read if you are interested in:

Ghananian writers, alternative concepts of Africa and African woman, depictions of African middle class. Female friendship, sexism.

4. Second class citizen- Buchi Emecheta.
Read if you are interested in: Nigerian authors, Black patriarchy vs black feminism.. Timeless problems and solutions. Black female experience in 60s,70s in UK as immigrant.

5. Imaginary maps- Mahasweta Devi.
Read if you are interested in:

Short stories, playing with English and Bengali language. Problems of      development, environment, caste   system, sex work.

6. In other world’s- Spivak.
Read if you are interested in:

Asian authors, language, politics, Marxism, feminism
        
7. When chickenheads come to home roost – Joan Morgan. Read if you are interested in:

Self discovery, journey of feminism, black feminism. generation. Hiphop and feminism. The use of the strong black woman.

Black history month 2014 day 1 #BHM14

It’s October and that means several things to me. My birthday, the coming of autumn and the British celebration of Black History Month. This year I am going on focus on contributions to literature and fiction from the African and Caribbean diaspora, as it compliments my efforts to read only writers of colour or women writers this year. I have been shamefully negligent in blogging about this endeavour but I have kept to my resolution without too much effort and feel that I have had a richer reading experience due to this.

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Diran Adebayo

Some kind of black.

I remember reading this book as a teenager in the late 1990s and being struck by his description of university, in particular inter-racial relationships at university. I was later to find out that Adebayo went to Oxford university and no doubt this experience influenced his writing. Adebayo went on to write other acclaimed novels. If you are interested in a young, male black British experience of  London and Oxford in the 1990s then read this.