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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 …
Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds: website introduction videoVideos
‘Reading “Bass Culture”: Linton Kwesi Johnson’s politics of Rhythm and Bass’ by Louisa LayneEssays, 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 KhalidEssaysClose 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 HaithEssaysClose 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 HaithEssays, VideosClose reading of Warsan Shire’s ‘Conversations About Home (at the Deportation Centre)’ Chelsea Haith Warsan …
Close reading of NW by Khadeeja KhalidEssaysClose 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 RoynonEssaysClose 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 …
Selma DabbaghDrama, Fiction, Profiles, WritersSelma Dabbagh Overview Her first novel, Out of It, was published by Bloomsbury in 2011, …
Bernardine EvaristoDrama, Fiction, Poetry, Profiles, WritersBernardine Evaristo Biography Writing Evaristo’s work spans times, places, and literary genres, often exploring what …
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 …
Kazuo IshiguroFiction, Profiles, WritersKazuo Ishiguro Biography Writing On awarding him the Nobel Prize for Literature in October 2017, the …
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 …
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 …
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 …