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Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay have curated a decolonised reading list of 50 books that celebrate the wide and diverse experiences of people from around the world.
From literary giants like Toni Morrison and Chinua Achebe to less well-known but equally vital writers such as Trinidadian novelist Earl Lovelace or Indigenous Australian author Tony Birch, the novels recommended here are in turn haunting and lyrical, innovative and inspiring.
Join our speakers for a discussion of these books and their own ‘desert island’ books, as they explore how important it is to decolonise your bookshelves.
Joan Anim-Addo is Professor Emerita of Caribbean Literature and Culture at Goldsmiths University and the co-founder of the world-first MA in Black British Literature.
Deirdre Osborne is Reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths University, London, and the co-founder of the world-first Black British Literature MA. She is also associate editor of Women's Writing.
Kadija Sesay is a writer and editor of several anthologies. She is the founder of SABLE LitMag and AfriPoetree SIV, and co-founder of The Mboka Festival in The Gambia. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
This event is presented in partnership with Quercus Books.