How Black Literature Changed Britain

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Explore the rich history of Black writing and literature in Britain

For Black History Month the British Library has created a new timeline, exploring the rich history of Black British literature through around 50 key texts.

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From Olaudah Equiano’s powerful account of his enslavement in the Americas to Andrea Levy’s story of the Windrush generation, Small Island; 18th-century poet Phllis Wheatley, to Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum Dreams, these books include celebrated contemporary stories and many overlooked classics.

Join our panel, chaired by Guardian journalist Joseph Harker, reader in English Literature and Drama, Deidre Osborne and writer and activist, Benjamin Zephaniah as they celebrate the groundbreaking authors writing today and explore the rich Black literary tradition that precedes them. Further speakers to be announced.

Find out more about the Black literature timeline here.

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Name: How Black Literature Changed Britain
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Online Full Price: £5.00
Online Member: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546