The Colour of Madness: ‘The mental health system is not designed with us in mind’

Kiri Kankhwende talks to the editors of a groundbreaking new anthology about BAME mental health @madomasi Read More

 📢 Black Publishers and White Agents

Last Friday Media Diversified hosted a twitter space called Publishing, Black publishers, book deals and white agents hosted by founder Samantha Asumadu and Marcus Daniel, the editor in chief Please find source material below and the audio above. Enjoy! AGENDA 1. Independent Black publishers 2. The overwhelmingly white publishing industry 3. The Society of Authors/Should… Read More

Ukraine: The Information War

Samantha Asumadu interviews author and broadcaster Matt Potter

This has been an information war

  1. You’ve shown an intense interest in Ukraine over the past few days as have many other, reporters, correspondents, communications, politicians an hackers. What is your new book about and what has it got to do with a Ukraine or Russia?
  2. Which last conflict did you watch closely – how did it roll out compared to this one? Did you watch ARAB SPRING?
  3. Communicating on platforms, porn, social media (In 2010 it was Facebook) has the world moved on from Facebook since the January 6th protesters were arrested?

    4 What would be your advice to Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigerian and Armenian grassroots activists be?

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Competition – Win a pair of tickets to Marlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf at Southbank Centre and two proofs.

Media Diversified and Southbank Centre are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see Marlon James discuss his brand new novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf at Southbank Centre on Monday 25 February along with two proof copies of the book. In this exclusive London launch, the author of A Brief History of… Read More

Black women as agents of change: reclaiming our narratives, voices and memory

For so long, Black women’s stories and memory have often been ignored, erased, and neglected in and out of academia. However as Jaimee A. Swift writes, 2018 showed itself to be a year of reclamation of Black women’s narratives, agency and memory. From our MD Academic Space  “No Black woman writer in this culture can… Read More

What’s the point of a literature festival? | Bare Lit 2017

by Henna Zamurd-Butt  Literature festivals don’t have a point, right? Or at least not one that can get into the writing and move it around. The text is fixed on paper and pixel by the time we get to discussing it. Perhaps for the literary establishment the text is fixed, but here where Bare Lit… Read More

And the winner of the inaugural Jhalak Prize is…

Today, we announce the winner of the first ever Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. Jacob Ross, novelist, short story writer and tutor, wins the £1000 prize with his first foray into crime fiction, The Bone Readers. The book, described by judge Musa Okwonga as ‘by turns thrilling, visceral… Read More

Inaugural Jhalak Prize Shortlist Announced

The Jhalak Prize announced its inaugural shortlist today. The prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour was described by Chair Sunny Singh as showcasing “the variety, scope, depth, and literary excellence to be found amongst writers of colour in Britain today…”. Judge Musa Okwonga added that, “six books that could not… Read More