If you’re interested in doing some reading on Black experiences, culture and history, we’re sure you’ll have looked into the many resources that are currently being shared online and across social media.
But, before you go ahead and order a copy of some of the brilliant books about race out there from a huge online retailer, hold off and see if you can support a Black-owned bookshop instead.
There’s a small pool of Black-owned bookshops across the UK that have struggling through the pandemic, but are beginning to open up and are taking online orders.
So, swot up on our list of these independent bookshops which either specialise in texts that relate to Black culture, or are owned by a person of colour and spread the word to help them increase their sales and feel your support. We’ve also included the address of each store so that when they do open their doors again, you can go and say hello.
Serendipity is a Black-led arts organisation and based in Leicester which also publishes several titles a year focusing on Black arts, heritage and cultural politics, including BlackInk, which is a new magazine of international voices from across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and indigenous communities.
Speaking Stylist.co.uk CEO and artistic director Pawlet Brookes, says: “We are particularly proud of BlackInk, a publication created for 2020’s Black History Month and that has supported over 30 artists and writers. It features original art alongside interviews with the first Black British Olympic gymnast, Black British theatre and international voices.”
Address: online only
Imagine Me Stories
Black Cultural Archives
African Books Collective
African Books Collective is an online resource which champions African publishers based in Africa, but with a distribution centre in Oxford making it much easier to order their texts if you live in the UK.
From children’s books to non-fiction, the website offers all sorts of genres to explore. It’s also celebrating 30 years of trading this year – what an achievement!
Address: online only
Round Table Books
New Beacon Books
Pepukayis Books specialises in African-centred books and fostering a space for learning and celebration of African culture in the UK to support the Black community.
It usually sits within The Maa Maat Cultural Centre, but you can buy a of selection books online, too.
Address: The Maa Maat Cultural Centre, 366a High Road, Tottenham, N17 9HT
Books of Africa
Books of Africa is an bookstore and publishers which works on making a whole range of books on history, literature, science, economics, poetry, fiction and finance available to the masses, written by mainly authors with African descent.
With a dedication share the African experience and view all over the world, Books of Africa has an impressive amount of tomes on this subject and would be a goldmine for anyone looking to further their understanding in this area specifically.
Address: 16 Overhill Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 0PH
No Ordinary Bookshop
If you know of any UK bookshops that support Black writers let us know by dropping email@example.com a line and we’ll add to our list.
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