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IMG_0043October is Black History Month, but Black history is important no matter the month.

However, it is a chance to turn to our LRC collections to see whether we are providing information for everybody. We would like to highlight our new books that focus on people and cultures who haven’t received adequate visibility in our mainly White-centred literary and academic world. At Hillcroft we acquire resources that are reflective of students’ various backgrounds and ethnicity whilst being of interest and importance to studies and lives. We are always open to suggestions for authors to try out, so keep your eyes peeled for new books and other resources to suggest too.

Here’s our list of new resources to find out more about the people, history and heritage from West Africa, the US and Britain:

Fiction: From Pasta to Pigfoot (England and Ghana), Ghana Must Go (United States, Britain, Ghana and Nigeria)

DVDs: Half of a Yellow Sun (Nigeria), Skin (South Africa)

Poetry: Citizen (United States), Evolution (England)

Non-fiction: Looking for Transwonderland (England and Nigeria), Black British Intellectuals.

Let us know what you think of our new books and DVDs.

"Diversity Mask" by Spiva Art Workers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Diversity Mask” by Spiva Art Workers is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Some eye-opening statistics came out in the Writing the Future report saying that publishing companies are not at all diverse when it comes to the books they publish. Not only are there fewer books published by people from Black, Minority and Ethnic communities, but writers are being told to stick to the stereotypes. This means authors are encouraged to write characters of non-white ethnicity that are supposedly more marketable to white people.

In the LRC we have resources that reflect a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Through their writing, authors (no matter their race) shed informative, inspiring and surprising light on aspects of the world and people’s lives.

Some non-fiction that are illuminating and non-stereotypical that you might like to try:

Laughing all the way to the mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Changing my mind by Zadie Smith

We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

On Fridays we also receive the print issue of The Voice newspaper focusing on British-African news. You can find this on the rack near the issue desk. If you have any suggestions about a non-stereotypical story or resource that others might benefit from reading please let us know in the comment box below.


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