"The Black History Month reading group met weekly on Wednesdays during October 2020, bringing together a range of students at all levels, and academic and administrative staff from around the university. The group focused each week on very short texts – poems, short stories, short essays – most of which were published in 2020. These texts became the focus for a set of wide-ranging discussions around how Black authors have been responding to issues ranging from America’s carceral system to the psychological impact of COVID-19, from Black Lives Matter protests to Britain’s relationship to its involvement in the slave trade, and how different genres (speculative fiction, prison narratives, performance poetry) give voice to different articulations of experience." - Dr. Peter Kirwan (Organiser)
October 7: Making New Myths
N.K. Jemisin, ‘The City Born Great’, Tor, 28 September 2016.
October 14: Calls to Awareness
Bernardine Evaristo, ‘The White Man’s Liberation Front’, New Statesman, 1 April 2020.
Zadie Smith, ‘Suffering Like Mel Gibson’ in Intimations (Penguin, 2020). [scan]
October 21: Challenges to White Supremacy
Vanessa Kisuule, ‘Hollow’, YouTube, 9 June 2020.
Bernardine Evaristo: ‘First, Do No Harm’, directed by Adrian Lester and performed by Sharon D. Clarke for the Old Vic, 5 July 2020.
October 28: Recovering Lost Histories
Colson Whitehead, ‘The Match’, New Yorker, 1 April 2019.