Award-winning author, poet and activist Bernardine Evaristo has joined forces with Canary Wharf to make short stories from up and coming black authors available for free to thousands of people throughout Black History Month.
The Booker Prize winner has selected five black authors to have their stories published in Canary Wharf’s Short Story Stations – the innovative vending machines that will dispense one, three and five minute stories for free to help raise the profile of black writers.
The spotlight is being shone on black authors for the month of October and is part of Bernardine Evaristo’s ‘Black Britain Writing Back’ campaign to give black authors the recognition they deserve. It is hoped the initiative will help give exciting black authors the platform to showcase their work, as currently there is not a single black author represented in the top 50 bestselling books in the UK.
The authors featured in the stations are Paul Mendez, Irenosen Okojie, Nicola Williams, Judith Bryan and S.I. Martin, and cover topics including race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion across generations, time and cultures. Live readings from the authors will also take place later this month at Canary Wharf. The Short Story Stations will also publish an extract from Bernardine Evaristo’s new book, Manifesto released this week.
Bernardine Evaristo said: “This is such an innovative opportunity at Canary Wharf to shine the spotlight on black authors I admire and are deserving of a wider readership. Some of the chosen stories are part of my curated series with Penguin called ‘Black Britain: Writing Back’, and I hope that all of these writers find new readers. Great literature transcends all perceived boundaries and are for everyone.”
Camilla Mcgregor, Arts+Events Planner, Canary Wharf Group, said: “The Short Story Stations at Canary Wharf are the first of their kind in the UK, having first gained popularity in the US, France and Hong Kong, with thousands of stories printed on recycled paper and read each week. Thousands of people visit Canary Wharf each month, which is a huge platform to showcase writing talent, so we’re proud to be able to play our part in helping Bernardine Evaristo put the spotlight on black authors to help them get the recognition they deserve.”
1, 3 AND 5 MINUTE STORIES AVAILABLE:
- Bernardine Evaristo, Manifesto – An excerpt from the upcoming powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up
- Paul Mendez, Rainbow Milk – An intersectional coming-of-age story, following a nineteen-year-old grappling with his racial and sexual identities
- Irenosen Okojie, Nudibranch – A mysterious tailor makes fantastic frocks for his clients.
- Nicola Williams, Without Prejudice – A gripping courtroom thriller following barrister Lee Mitchell as she uncovers the dark secrets of the obscenely rich
- Judith Bryan, Bernard and the Cloth Monkey – A shattering portrayal of family, guilt and unshakable bonds as a family’s deepest secrets explosively unravel
- I. Martin, Incomparable World – A visceral reimagining of 1780s London, showcasing the untold stories of African-American soldiers grappling with their post-war freedom
The ‘Black Britain Writing Back’ short stories are amongst a series of initiatives taking place throughout Black History Month at Canary Wharf. Other activities include ‘Born to Protest’ dance performances from Joseph Toonga’s Just Us Dance Theatre and a photography exhibition with the Association of Photographers (AOP) exploring ‘Black Culture in Britain’.
The Born to Protest dance performance takes place on Wednesday 13 October and the photography exhibition is open throughout October.
Black Britain: Writing Back, 1-31 October
Bernardine Evaristo has joined forces with Canary Wharf to make short stories from up and coming black authors available for free to thousands of people throughout Black History Month.
Black Culture in Britain, 1-31 October
Canary Wharf and the Association of Photographers have come together to create a photography exhibition exploring black culture in Britain
Born to Protest, 13 October
Joseph Toonga’s Just Dance Theatre deliver an important message with an energizing soundscape featuring Hip Hop beats and voice over
For full details of all activites please visit: www.canarywharf.com
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166