Poet Vievee Francis discusses how she and her writing are viewed through the ‘filter’ of people’s preconceptions, which are usually based on her appearance, and how she actively works to challenge and remove that filter with her poetry.
The following is a list of articles and books that will be useful to those who wish to learn more about reading (including reader-response, reception and cognitive theory), with a particular emphasis on how postcolonial writing is read.
The following is a list of books that will be useful to those seeking to delve deeper into the themes, concerns and craft of contemporary Black and Asian British writing.
D-Empress Dianne Regisford presents a performance installation that explores the notion of the liberated woman from an African feminist perspective. […]
Prof. Elleke Boehmer and Dr Erica Lombard consider how our reading experiences are shaped by various factors, from publishers’ decisions about book covers to the text itself.
Writers Selma Dabbagh and Courttia Newland read from their work, and discuss why they write, who they write for, their imagined audiences, and how their writing relates to their identities.
M. NourbeSe Philip reads from She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988) and Zong! (2008) as she describes her poetic development. […]
Editors Prof. Susheila Nasta and Prof. Mark Stein speak about the genesis of their new Cambridge History project. Contributor Dr Gail Low discusses the networks and institutions of Caribbean-British writing, Dr Henghameh Saroukhani considers the literary importance of Linton Kwesi Johnson’s dub poetry, and Dr Florian Stadtler looks at recent Asian-British cinema.
Kamila Shamsie reads from her 2014 novel A God in Every Stone, and discusses it with Prof. Elleke Boehmer and the audience. She speaks about the inspiration for the novel, who she writes for, and how she transforms historical facts into compelling narrative.
Daljit Nagra reads from and discusses his celebrated debut collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover! (2007). In conversation with Dr Rachael Gilmour and the audience, he speaks about how and why he writes his poetry, and the readers for whom he writes.