MD READLING LIST | Reflections of myself in literature: Black, African, Woman and Gay

10 books selected by Christina Fonthes Reflections of me: 10  books that feature positive representations of Black, African, women & LGBTQ characters. These books give me affirmation in world where I am told that I should not exist.   Roll of Thunder, Hear –  My Cry by Mildred by D. Taylor Cassie Logan was the… Read More

MD READING LIST | Solidarity through knowledge

10 books selected by Robert Kazandjian If we are truly serious about expressing solidarity and understanding with people, then we need to know their stories. But knowing their stories is not enough. We need to hear their voices. Augustown by Kei Miller  Augustown is my favourite kind of novel; super specific and at the same… 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

MD READING LIST | Radical thinkers and speculative futures

10 books selected by Joseph Kay These ten books represent radical thinkers and speculative futures which have had a big influence on me. After all, as the black feminist adrienne maree brown says “all organizing is science fiction.”  The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin  The first installment of the triple Hugo Award-winning Broken Earth trilogy deserves its… Read More

Creatives of colour are the Fela Kutis of our time

Media Diversified founder Samantha Asumadu on what feels like a burgeoning movement for black, brown and Asian theatre makers. There are a few perks to being the founder of Media Diversified and this week that perk was getting to see Barry Jenkins’ feature film If Beale Street Could Talk. It is in effect one of… Read More

MP accuses BAME book prize of discrimination

by Sunny Singh Equalities and Human Rights Commission demands justification from Jhalak Prize, following complaint from Philip Davies MP March 17, 2017: The date that the very first Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour was awarded. It was an evening that all of us involved with the prize had… 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