Calling all black Londoners

So I must start by apologising for not posting on this blog for months – life has just been too hectic and I have not had the time I would like to devote to communicating on the site. But I hope I can make some more time in the future, so thank you if you are still out there and interested in what I am posting on the contribution of black Caribbean people to the UK.

So in my first post back, I would like to draw your attention to an event I saw advertised on Twitter which fits in nicely with this blog as it’s a lecture series examining the black community in London before 1948.

Obviously some people reading this will not be based in London so can’t take part but even if this message just highlights the work of Black History Studies, which is running the series, then I will be happy.

I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating that it is essential for everyone to know more about their history and especially in this day and age when more than ever people must be made aware of who they are and where they are from, so that they don’t become lost and detached from their roots and susceptible to brainwashing and manipulation.

Anyway please check out the course and Black History Studies when you get a chance – and check back here for more posts on black people in Britain which I promise I will produce more of in the future.

Black Londoners: The history of black people in London before 1948 – a short course

Calling all BAME writers

And following on from my post earlier in the month about the Bare Lit Festival – I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to take part in this competition for Black and Ethnic Minority writers living in the UK – BAME Short Story Prize – it’s organised by The Guardian and the 4th estate and has a prize of £1000 for the winner.

And please also check out a publisher that I just found on Twitter called Kamaria Press which calls itself a “not-for-profit African and Caribbean publishing house with the aim of distributing original and uninhibited works of literature” – this is the Facebook page – Kamaria Press

I’ve said it before, so I’ll say it again, it’s so important that our story is told in our words and we must support each other as much as possible for this to come about.

I am happy to promote any organisation, event and/or individual that is dedicated to the aim of encouraging and enhancing the Black community in Britain.

Further reading:

Well-Read Black Girl

Marie Claire article on the ‘invisibility of black women writers’

Happy New Year

So Christmas and the New Year are out of the way and it’s time to once again start posting on this blog – I just hope there are still people out there following it.

I’ll begin with a simple shout out for a new event taking place in February showcasing writers and poets from the Black Caribbean community, amongst others, called the ‘Bare Lit Festival’.

Bare Lit Festival

Bare Lit Festival

According to the event’s website the festival, which is the first of its kind dedicated to Black and ethnic-minority writers, has been created because “last year, the UK’s three largest literary festivals featured over 2000 authors… and of those only 4% were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian backgrounds”.

The festival has been organised by a group called Media Diversified which “seeks to cultivate and promote skilled writers of colour by providing advice and contacts and by promoting content online through its own platform”.

I’ve said before on this blog how important I think it is that as a community we try to support and encourage each other, so it would be great if anyone who sees this post could also promote it, as well as trying to go along next month.

Let’s hope it leads to new recognition, respect and exposure for writers in the UK from all kinds of backgrounds.

Further coverage:

The Bookselller – Bare Lit Festival to celebrate BAME authors

LondonList: New Festival celebrates ethnic minority writers