Black British Book Festival takes Black literature panel to Glastonbury
The Black British Book Festival held a panel on Black literature at Glastonbury, featuring a range of panellists who discussed the importance of Black literature and its impact on society.
Moderated by author and journalist Afua Hirsch, who was joined by authors Bernardine Evaristo, Reni Eddo-Lodge, and Derek Owusu, the panellists discussed the importance of Black literature in promoting diversity and representation in literature, and how it can help to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding. They also talked about the challenges faced by Black authors in the publishing industry, and the need for greater support and recognition.
Bernardine Evaristo, who won the Booker Prize in 2019 for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, spoke about the legacy of Black literature and the impact it has had on society. She emphasised the importance of celebrating Black authors and their contributions to literature, and the need for greater diversity in publishing.
Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, discussed the need for more Black voices in literature and the importance of creating space for these voices to be heard. She also talked about the role of literature in promoting social change and challenging systemic racism.
Derek Owusu, author of That Reminds Me, spoke about his own experiences as a Black author and the challenges he has faced in the publishing industry. He focused on the need for greater support and recognition for Black authors, and the importance of creating a more inclusive and diverse publishing industry.
Many will agree that the panel was a powerful reminder of the importance of Black literature and the need for greater representation and support for Black authors. As the legacy of Black literature continues to grow, it is clear that it will play an important role in shaping our understanding of society and promoting greater diversity and understanding.
It is important to note that this event was not held at the National Book Festival, nor was it held at the Morristown or Brooklyn Book Festivals.
The purpose of the Black British Book Festival is to celebrate Black authors from all literary genres across the UK and to remove barriers for writers looking to get their work published. The festival aims to support Black British authors to get their books out there and to create a space where Black authors are lifted up and celebrated. The festival also seeks to promote reading for pleasure within marginalized communities and to expose communities to Black literature. A valuable resource for writers, readers, and publishers alike, the festival also raises awareness of Black literature and culture. By celebrating and supporting Black authors and publishers, the festival enables more authentic storytelling that reflects Black experiences, identities and voices. It is a reminder of the importance of Black literature and the need for greater representation and support for Black authors.