Bare Lit Festival: A Reading List

You probably know by now that lists are one of our favourite things. Another very exciting thing is that after many years of watching from the sidelines I am going to not one but two literature festivals this year!

I'm going to be involved in the Margate Bookie later in the year, but this weekend I'm venturing up to London to attend Bare Lit.

Unfortunately due to day job and childcare practicalities I'm only going for the Sunday, but I thought it would be awesome to compile a reading list containing all the books written by people who will be speaking and/or on panels over the course of the festival.

If you're not aware, Bare Lit was set up last year in response to the fact that in 2016 the UK's three largest literature festivals featured over 2000 authors, only 4% of whom were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South or East Asian backgrounds. Diversity in publishing is a problem, yes, but also bringing the work of non-white authors to the attention of the general reading public, and that's one of the major reasons why I'm so excited about Bare Lit!

If you want to grab tickets they're extremely reasonable and still available, or if you're unable to make the event you can still support it via their IndieGoGo. Alternatively grab any of the books below via our links and we'll donate the 5% commission we receive from sales to Bare Lit.


#Afterhours by Inua Ellams

The Things I Would Tell You edited by Sabrina Mahfouz

Cookery Books

Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK Over the Years* by Riaz Phillips

Hibiscus by Lope Ariyo

Syria: Recipes from Home by Dina Mouswadi

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh


Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross

From Pasta to Pigfoot by Frances Mensah Williams

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

Gloria by Kerry Young

Iraq+100 by Ali Bader

Mama Can't Raise No Man* by Robyn Travis

No More Heroes by Stephen Thompson

Out of Heart by Irfan Master


Pao by Kerry Young

Show Me a Mountain by Kerry Young

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie

Swimming with Fishes by Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm

The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson

The Mother by Yvette Edwards

This Wide Night* by Sarvat Hasin

When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola


Dorset's Hidden Histories* by Louisa Adjoa Parker

Go Home! The Politics of Immigration Controversies by Yasmin Gunaratnam and Hannah Jones

Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millenials and the Meaning of Grime by Jeffrey Boakye

Inferior by Angela Saini

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

There are a few books published by people speaking at the festival that I couldn't find links to, but there will be books for sale during the festival itself. I'm taking empty bags...

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