First year of Jhalak Prize paints a grim picture of diversity in publishing 

Sunny Singh takes a look at the entries for the first year of our prize for writers of colour, finding the industry is missing more than one trick Read More

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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

Writing Africa in America, living between two worlds

by Samira Sawlani  Over the years I have observed the many ways in which we diaspora folk stay connected to ‘back home.’ For some it is through cooking, for others it is music and dance. There are the hours spent trawling through the websites of local newspapers and days filled with the deliciousness of Skype… Read More

Longlist announced for inaugural Jhalak Prize book of the year

This week, the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour released its inaugural longlist. The new award, which seeks to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers, is due to announce a winner at Bare Lit Festival 2017. Read More

Political book of the year: Hillsborough Voices: The Real Story Told by the People Themselves

by Hamja Ahsan At a recent public talk for a Muslim campaign group, Gareth Peirce, the legendary British human rights lawyer, compared the survivors of the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 to the story of David versus Goliath. Starting her address with words of admiration for the stamina of her client Shaker Aamer through 14 years… Read More

Top 15 recently published books by writers and poets from Sub-Saharan Africa

by Samira Sawlani As the festive season begins, so does the enjoyable and/or stressful task of choosing Christmas presents for loved ones. Fret not; be it for the book and poetry lovers in your life or a reward for yourself after all that shopping, here is a list of recently published fiction and poetry by… Read More