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Interview with Kei MillerAudioInterview with Kei Miller In this interview with Elleke Boehmer, Kei Miller reflects on his …
Kwame Dawes in OxfordEssaysKwame Dawes in Oxford Katherine Collins During Kwame Dawes’s residency in Oxford in 2018, he …
The Poetic Arts of Africa: Creative and Critical Voices, with Kwame DawesVideosThe Poetic Arts of Africa: Creative and Critical Voices, with Kwame Dawes On 27 November …
Close reading of Kwame Dawes’s ‘The Third Former’s Burden’ from Progeny of Air, by William GhoshClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Kwame Dawes’s ‘The Third Former’s Burden’ from Progeny of Air William Ghosh …
Aida Edemariam: Learning to ListenAudioAida Edemariam: Learning to Listen Aida Edemariam, ‘Learning to Listen’, at the Oxford Centre for …
Aida Edemariam: Telling Wives’ and Grandmothers’ TalesEssaysAida Edemariam: Telling Wives’ and Grandmothers’ Tales Text by Elleke Boehmer Aida Edemariam is a …
The National Theatre brings the tangled story of Small Island vividly to the stageEssaysThe National Theatre brings the tangled story of Small Island vividly to the stage Elleke …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Derek Attridge’s The Experience of PoetryVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Derek Attridge’s The Experience of Poetry (2019) Books and writers’ …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Sara Ahmed, ‘Closing the Door: Complaint as Diversity Work’VideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Sara Ahmed, ‘Closing the Door: Complaint as Diversity Work’ Text …
Staying Alive: Poetry and CrisisAudioIn her podcast Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis, Professor Adriana Jacobs invites eight contemporary poets …
The Responsibilities of the Author and the Archive: On the Award of the Bodley Medal to Sir Kazuo IshiguroEssaysThe Responsibilities of the Author and the Archive: On the Award of the Bodley Medal …
Students exercised by decolonisation show us a new way of opening out English studiesEssaysStudents exercised by decolonisation show us a new way of opening out English studies Elleke …
Postcolonial Poetics: A Book at LunchtimeVideosElleke Boehmer’s Postcolonial Poetics: A Book at Lunchtime seminar A Book at Lunchtime seminar with Elleke …
‘Why Reni-Eddo Lodge is inspiring me to keep talking about race’ by Hélène Neveu KringelbachEssaysWhy Reni-Eddo Lodge is inspiring me to keep talking about race Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, January …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Rebecca SurenderVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Rebecca Surender Reni Eddo-Lodge (author …
Writers Make Worlds poster display 2018Downloads, ResourcesWriters Make Worlds poster display 2018 Displayed in the foyer of the Faculty of English …
‘Crossing from Guangdong’Extracts, ResourcesCrossing from Guangdong Sarah Howe Something sets us looking for a place. For many minutes …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Reading Bass Culture: Linton Kwesi Johnson and Paul GilroyVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Linton Kwesi Johnson and Paul Gilroy On 26 April 2018, …
Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds: project introductionVideosPostcolonial Writers Make Worlds: project introduction   Elleke Boehmer introduces the Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds …
Vievee Francis on challenging preconceptions with her poetryAudioVievee Francis on challenging preconceptions with her poetry Poet Vievee Francis discusses how she and …
Reading list: On readingReading listsReading list: On reading The following is a list of articles and books that will …
Reading list: Black and Asian British writingReading listsReading list: British Literature and Identity The following is a list of books and articles …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: D-Empress Dianne Regisford presents ‘Hersto-rhetoric? Na so today!!!’VideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: D-Empress Dianne Regisford presents ‘Hersto-rhetoric? Na so today!!!’ D-Empress Dianne …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: ‘Readers and readings’VideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: ‘Readers and readings’ Prof. Elleke Boehmer and Dr Erica Lombard …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Selma Dabbagh and Courttia Newland on writing and communityVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Selma Dabbagh and Courttia Newland on writing and community Writers …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: M. NourbeSe Philip on the haunting of historyVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: M. NourbeSe Philip on the haunting of history M. NourbeSe …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Cambridge History of Black and Asian British WritingVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Editors and contributors, The Cambridge History of Black and Asian …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Kamila Shamsie on writing history in A God in Every StoneVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Kamila Shamsie on writing history in A God in Every …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Daljit Nagra on voice and identity in Look We Have Coming to Dover!VideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Daljit Nagra on voice and identity in Look We Have …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Nadifa Mohamed on travelling, home and belonging in Black Mamba BoyVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Nadifa Mohamed on travelling, home and belonging in Black Mamba …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Aminatta Forna on writing memory and trauma in The Memory of LoveVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Aminatta Forna on writing memory and trauma in The Memory …
Great Writers Inspire at Home: Bernardine Evaristo on writing Britain’s Black historiesVideosGreat Writers Inspire at Home: Bernardine Evaristo on writing Britain’s Black histories In conversation with …
Close reading of Diran Adebayo’s Some Kind of Black by Chelsea HaithClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Diran Adebayo’s Some Kind of Black Chelsea Haith The following extract is …
Motherhood and Mother Tongue in Sarah Howe’s ‘Crossing from Guangdong’ by Lorraine LauClose reading, EssaysMotherhood and Mother Tongue in Sarah Howe’s “Crossing from Guangdong” Lorraine Lau “Crossing from Guangdong” …
Brian Chikwava: Further ReadingReading lists, ResourcesBrian Chikwava: Further Reading —Josh Jewell Brian Chikwava’s writing has attracted a small but diverse …
‘Labour and Literary Form in Harare North’ by Josh JewellClose reading, EssaysLabour and Literary Form in Harare North Josh Jewell In literary studies, we tend to …
Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds: website introduction videoVideos
‘The Presence of the Ghazal in The Meanest Flower (2007)’ by Holly FathiClose reading, Essays‘The Presence of the Ghazal in The Meanest Flower (2007)’ Holly Fathi Ghazal: It’s Heartache …
Close reading of Diana Evans’s 26a by Tessa RoynonClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Diana Evans’s 26a Tessa Roynon The analysis is of the following paragraph from Diana …
Close reading of Nadeem Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil by C. S. BhagyaClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Nadeem Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil C. S. Bhagya She lifts her hand to …
‘Caleb Femi in performance’ by Justine McConnellEssaysCaleb Femi in performance Justine McConnell Caleb Femi’s work compels his audience to move away …
Close reading of Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist by Khadeeja KhalidClose reading, EssaysClose reading of The Impressionist Khadeeja Khalid The analysis is of the following paragraph from …
Close reading of V. S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr Biswas by William GhoshClose reading, EssaysClose reading of A House for Mr Biswas William Ghosh The analysis is of the following …
Close reading of Moniza Alvi’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ by William GhoshClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Moniza Alvi’s ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’  William Ghosh ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ from Split …
Close reading of Vahni Capildeo’s ‘Fire & Darkness: And Also / No Join / Like’ by Chelsea HaithClose reading, EssaysReading Vahni Capildeo’s ‘Fire & Darkness: And Also / No Join / Like’ Chelsea Haith …
Close reading of Caryl Phillips’s Foreigners by William GhoshClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Caryl Phillips’s Foreigners William Ghosh The analysis is of the following paragraph …
‘Reading “Bass Culture”: Linton Kwesi Johnson’s politics of Rhythm and Bass’ by Louisa LayneClose reading, Essays, Videos‘Reading “Bass Culture”: Linton Kwesi Johnson’s politics of Rhythm and Bass’ Louisa Layne   for …
Close reading of Daljit Nagra’s ‘For the Wealth of India’ by Khadeeja KhalidClose reading, EssaysClose reading of ‘For the Wealth of India’ Khadeeja Khalid For the Wealth of India (from …
Close reading of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea by Chelsea HaithClose reading, EssaysClose reading of By the Sea Chelsea Haith The analysis is of the following paragraph from Abdulrazak …
Close reading of Warsan Shire’s ‘Conversations About Home (at the Deportation Centre)’ by Chelsea HaithClose reading, Essays, VideosClose reading of Warsan Shire’s ‘Conversations About Home (at the Deportation Centre)’ Chelsea Haith Warsan …
Close reading of Zadie Smith’s NW by Khadeeja KhalidClose reading, EssaysClose reading of NW Khadeeja Khalid The analysis is of the following passage from Zadie Smith’s NW …
‘It’s just a difficulty in even knowing where I am at any given time: Helen Oyeyemi’s travelling fictions’ by Natalya Din-KariukiEssaysIt’s just a difficulty in even knowing where I am at any given time: Helen …
Close reading of Andrea Levy’s Small Island by Tessa RoynonClose reading, EssaysClose reading of Small Island Tessa Roynon The analysis is of the following paragraph from Andrea Levy’s …
‘The Postcolonial “Ghetto”?’ by Ed DodsonEssaysThe Postcolonial ‘Ghetto’? Ed Dodson In the post-war British context, the term ‘postcolonial’ has often …
‘The Myth of Homecoming’ by Lotta Schneidemesser (Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone)EssaysThe Myth of Homecoming Lotta Schneidemesser This essay first appeared in The Oxonian Review If a …
‘On Okri’ by Elleke BoehmerEssaysOn Okri Elleke Boehmer From the outset Ben Okri’s work has engaged the question of …
‘Selma Dabbagh’s Out of It’ by Dominic DaviesEssaysSelma Dabbagh’s Out of It Dominic Davies As for much of Dabbagh’s writing, Out of It …
Diran AdebayoFiction, Profiles, WritersDiran Adebayo Biography Writing Adebayo’s 1996 debut novel Some Kind of Black was heralded as …
Patience AgbabiPerformance, Poetry, Profiles, WritersPatience Agbabi Biography Writing Patience Agbabi came to prominence in the spoken word scene in …
Moniza AlviPoetry, Profiles, WritersMoniza Alvi Biography Writing ‘If I think about my work as a whole’, Moniza Alvi …
Nadeem AslamFiction, Profiles, WritersNadeem Aslam Biography Writing Nadeem Aslam has spent the bulk of his writing life producing …
Vahni CapildeoPoetry, Profiles, WritersVahni Capildeo Biography Writing Concentrating on notions of home and belonging in her most recent …
Brian ChikwavaFiction, Profiles, WritersBrian Chikwava Biography Writing As the title Harare North – the Zimbabwean colloquialism for London …
Kayo ChingonyiPoetry, Profiles, WritersKayo Chingonyi Biography Writing Warsan Shire has described Chingonyi’s debut collection Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, …
Teju ColeFiction, Non-fiction, Profiles, WritersTeju Cole Biography Writing Teju Cole is a Nigerian-American by origin, but as a writer …
Selma DabbaghDrama, Fiction, Profiles, WritersSelma Dabbagh Selma Dabbagh and Courttia Newland in conversation during the Great Writers Inspire at …
Kwame DawesDrama, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Profiles, WritersKwame Dawes Biography Writing All Kwame Dawes’s work is pervaded by a conviction that writing, …
Reni Eddo-LodgeNon-fiction, Profiles, WritersReni Eddo-Lodge Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Rebecca Surender, Oxford, 14 June 2018 Biography Writing …
Diana EvansFiction, Profiles, WritersDiana Evans Biography Writing Each of Evans’s novels combines a cast of characters who possess …
Bernardine EvaristoDrama, Fiction, Poetry, Profiles, WritersBernardine Evaristo Biography Writing Evaristo’s work spans times, places, and literary genres, often exploring what …
Caleb FemiPerformance, Poetry, Profiles, WritersCaleb Femi Biography Writing When Caleb Femi became the Young People’s Laureate for London in …
Aminatta FornaFiction, Non-fiction, Profiles, WritersAminatta Forna Writing Aminatta Forna’s works explore the historical, cultural, and emotional repercussions of societies …
Xiaolu GuoFiction, Non-fiction, Profiles, WritersXiaolu Guo Biography Writing In A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (2007), Guo portrays a …
Abdulrazak GurnahFiction, Profiles, WritersAbdulrazak Gurnah Biography Writing Dislocation, exile, loss, and identity are central themes in all of …
Sarah HowePoetry, Profiles, WritersSarah Howe Biography Writing The work of the British-Hong Kong poet Sarah Howe negotiates between …
Kazuo IshiguroFiction, Profiles, WritersKazuo Ishiguro Biography In an interview with The Paris Review, Kazuo Ishiguro admits that his …
Mimi KhalvatiPoetry, Profiles, WritersMimi Khalvati Biography Writing Since 1991, Mimi Khalvati has published nine collections of poetry, which …
Hari KunzruFiction, Profiles, WritersHari Kunzru Biography Writing Kunzru’s first novel, The Impressionist (2002), won the Betty Trask Prize …
Kwame Kwei-ArmahDrama, Profiles, WritersKwame Kwei-Armah Biography Writing Kwei-Armah’s plays are motivated by an unmistakable social imperative: he writes …
Linton Kwesi JohnsonPerformance, Poetry, Profiles, WritersLinton Kwesi Johnson Biography While at school, Johnson joined the British Black Panthers’ youth section. …
Andrea LevyFiction, Profiles, WritersAndrea Levy Biography Writing ‘For me, writing has always been a journey of discovery about …
Gautam MalkaniFiction, Profiles, WritersGautam Malkani Biography Writing Londonstani (2006) chronicles the trials of Jas, a young second-generation South …
Kei MillerFiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Profiles, WritersKei Miller Biography Writing Kei Miller reading in Oxford, Planned Violence workshop, September 2015 (photo: …
Nadifa MohamedFiction, Profiles, WritersNadifa Mohamed Biography Writing Nadifa Mohamed’s writing is concerned with disrupting and confronting unequal power …
Daljit NagraPoetry, Profiles, WritersDaljit Nagra Overview Nagra’s acclaimed collection Look We Have Coming to Dover! (2007), won awards …
V. S. NaipaulFiction, Non-fiction, Profiles, WritersV. S. Naipaul Biography Writing When, in the 1980s, Boris Ford was charged with compiling …
Courttia NewlandDrama, Fiction, Profiles, WritersCourttia Newland Biography Writing Newland’s early novels depict community and family life on London housing …
Ben OkriFiction, Poetry, Profiles, WritersBen Okri Overview Ben Okri (1958– ) is a Nigerian-born British novelist and poet. Ben …
Helen OyeyemiFiction, Profiles, WritersHelen Oyeyemi Biography Writing In an interview for NPR, Oyeyemi has described her works as …
Caryl PhillipsDrama, Fiction, Non-fiction, Profiles, WritersCaryl Phillips Biography Writing Caryl Phillips is one of the major British writers of his …
Kamila ShamsieFiction, Non-fiction, Profiles, WritersKamila Shamsie Biography Writing Kamila Shamsie is one of the most remarkable storytellers of our …
Warsan ShirePoetry, Profiles, WritersWarsan Shire Biography Writing Shire’s verse was put to work in both political and pop …
Zadie SmithFiction, Profiles, WritersZadie Smith Biography Writing White Teeth sees Smith intricately weave together an array of characters …
‘Waist Bead Serenade’Extracts‘Waist Bead Serenade’ This poem comes from D-Empress Dianne Regisford’s ‘Hersto-rhetoric? Na so today!!!’. Highlight …
Extract from NWExtractsExtract from NW This extract comes from p. 182 of Zadie Smith’s NW. We’re interested in …
Extract from A God in Every StoneExtractsExtract from A God in Every Stone This extract comes from pp. 287–288 of Kamila …
‘Rapinder Slips into Tongues . . .’Extracts‘Rapinder Slips into Tongues . . .’ This poem is from Daljit Nagra’s Look We …
Extract from Black Mamba BoyExtractsExtract from Black Mamba Boy This extract comes from pp. 1–2 of Nadifa Mohamed’s Black …
Extract from The Memory of LoveExtractsExtract from The Memory of Love This extract comes from pp. 151–152 of Aminatta Forna’s …
Extract from The Emperor’s BabeExtractsExtract from The Emperor’s Babe This extract comes from p. 3 of Bernardine Evaristo’s The …
Bernardine Evaristo’s The Emperor’s BabeFeatured works, Summary, context and historyThe Emperor’s Babe, Bernardine Evaristo’s comic verse-epic or novel-in-verse, told in erratically un-rhyming couplets, pays …
Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of LoveFeatured works, Summary, context and historyWith striking confidence, Aminatta Forna’s second novel, The Memory of Love (2010), explores the complex …
Nadifa Mohamed’s Black Mamba BoyFeatured works, Summary, context and historyJama, a Somali boy, walks and walks, ‘sharpening his spirit on the knife-edge of solitude’. …
Daljit Nagra’s Look We Have Coming to Dover!Featured works, Summary, context and historyThe poems in Daljit Nagra’s celebrated debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! (2007), are based …
D-Empress Dianne Regisford: ‘Hersto-rhetoric? Na so today!!!’Featured works, Performance, Poetry, Summary, context and historyIn a series of seven sculptures created by abstract expressionist artiste D-Empress Dianne Regisford, the …
Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every StoneFeatured works, Summary, context and historyKamila Shamsie’s audacious and affecting A God in Every Stone ranges across continents and histories, …
Zadie Smith’s NWFeatured works, Summary, context and historyNW (2012), Zadie Smith’s fourth novel, documents the lives and experiences of four people who …