Happy black history month day 10 Marlon James

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Last night Jamaican Marlon James won the prestigious Man Booker prize for his book ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’.

The book was inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s. Find out more about the story here https://youtu.be/CDPf2dPzqdQ. Michael Wood, chair of the judges, described A Brief History of Seven Killings as the “most exciting” book on the shortlist.

The 680-page epic was “full of surprises” as well as being “very violent” and “full of swearing”.

James was announced the £50,000 winner on Tuesday night at London’s Guildhall.

He is the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker Prize. Receiving the award, he said a huge part of the novel had been inspired by reggae music.
(copy taken from BBC website.)

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Here is a Bob song to finish this post- ‘Iron, Lion, Zion’ https://youtu.be/CDPf2dPzqdQ.

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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.

#100daysoflove Day 35 #metmyshero #mycuprunnethover

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Today has been an emotional roller-coaster, there have been lots of tears and support from colleagues, in particular my lovely boss. I have my PGCE teaching interview tomorrow but had a ticket to see one of my favourite authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche at King’s Place.

So I went to the talk about her book Americanah, which I love and it was worth it. Even better she was doing a book signing. So I bought a book, and got the cheeky snap above! #mycuprunnethover