Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay have curated a decolonised reading list that celebrates the wide and diverse experiences of people from around the world and disrupts the all-too-often white-dominated ‘required reading’ collections that have become the accepted norm. From literary giants such as Toni Morrison and Chinua Achebe to less well known (but equally vital) writers such as Caribbean novelist Earl Lovelace or Indigenous Australian author Tony Birch, the novels recommended here are in turn haunting and lyrical; innovative and inspiring; edgy and poignant.
This is the Canon offers a rich and multifaceted perspective on our past, present and future which deserves to be read by all bibliophiles and teachers and students alike.
Professor 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. Dr Deirdre Osborne is Reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths University. She is associate editor of Women’s Writing. Kadija Sesay MBE is a writer and editor, and Publications Manager for the Inscribe programme at Peepal Tree Press. Kadija’s poetry, stories and essays have been published all over the world.
Chaired by Rebecca Wilkie, New Writing North.
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