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The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain



496 Pages, 5.08 x 7.80

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95)

Publication Date: June 2022

ISBN 9780241993880

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Jun 2022)
Penguin UK

Price: $22.95


A celebratory 20th anniversary edition of this landmark collection from black writers across the literary spectrumThis ground-breaking anthology was first published twenty years ago, into a different literary landscape. Showcasing the work of more than 100 black British authors, this 20th anniversary edition celebrates their lasting contributions to literature and to our wider culture.Including poetry from Roger Robinson, David Dabydeen, Bernardine Evaristo, Jackie Kay and Benjamin Zephaniah, short stories from Ferdinand Dennis, Diana Evans,Catherine Jonson, E.A. Markham and Ray Shell; essays from Floella Benjamin,Linda Bellos, Treva Etienne, Kevin Le Gendre and Labi Siffre; memoirs fromMargaret Busby, Henry Bonsu, Buchi Emecheta, Sol B. River and Leone Ross, and many others.IC3spans a wealth of genres - from poetry, to short fiction, memoir and essays - to demonstrate the range and astonishing literary achievements of black writers, who remain underrepresented in British culture today. Featuring a newintroduction from original editors Kadija Sesay and Courttia Newland, this collection reflects on the legacy of these writers and their extraordinary work.

Author Biography

Courttia Newland is the author of seven books including his much lauded debut,The Scholar. His latest novel, A River Called Time, was published in 2021 andCosmogramma, a story collection, will be published later in the year. He was shortlisted for the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library Award and the 2010 Alfred Fagon Award. As a screenwriter, he has written episodes of Steve McQueen's 2020 series Small Axe.Kadija Sesay is a literary activist of Sierra Leonean descent. She is the founder of the magazine SABLE LitMag and creator ofAfriPoeTree, a selective interactive video. She is the Publications Manager for Inscribe/Peepal Tree and editor of several anthologies including Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers and Write Black, Write British: From Postcolonial to Black British Literature. She co-edited Dreams, Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African Fiction with Helon Habila and Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwawith Nii Parkes. She has published a poetry collection, Irki. She has received awards and fellowships for her work in the creative arts and her research, including an AHRC doctoral scholarship to research Black British publishers and Pan-Africanism.