I’ve always sensed that Britain is racist. Discovering the extent of that racism, mainly by learning about this country’s violent colonial past and involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, has disturbed and angered me immensely. The wilder and more violent Britain’s treatment of Black people becomes, the more I doubt it will change.
Black History Month may be over in the UK but it’s always a good time to celebrate black British authors and stories.
How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? This is the main question that Vron Ware poses in her book Beyond The Pale: White Women, Racism and History.
I recently read a novel that was so compelling, I think it’s been permanently etched into my mind and heart. It moved and disturbed me in equal measures and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. That book is Women Talking by Miriam Toews.
Last weekend I went to the UK’s Young Adult Literature Convention, also known as YALC, for the first time. I didn’t know that YALC existed until a few months ago.
A few weeks back, BookMachine posted a tweet that made me pause as I scrolled through my timeline. They asked their followers to tell them about people in publishing that inspire them the most.
I’ve never been a big reader of psychological thriller novels but Darling by Rachel Edwards has changed that.
A couple of months ago I published a personal essay on Medium exploring the topic of representation within literature, in particular, children’s and Young Adult (YA) books.