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The Literary Encyclopedia at is looking for qualified writers to enhance its
coverage of writing and culture in postwar and contemporary Britain (Black British literature). The
list below is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are
not currently listed in our database are also welcome. However, we will prioritize articles on writers
and works frequently studied in university courses, and those that are highly topical and wellknown.
In addition to publishing articles on canonical and much-taught literary works, the Encyclopedia is
also interested in making available information about important writers and works that are often
neglected, and in publishing articles about discrete historical events which are relevant to literary
understanding. It also seeks to broaden its scope to include more research-oriented articles with a
pedagogic function, such as 'Critical issues in title' or 'Critical readings of author/title'. If you are
interested in contributing such an essay, please contact the relevant volume editor or the managing
All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and, in the case of doctoral
students who wish to offer a contribution, a short writing sample.
We hope that you will wish to join us in this enterprise. If you wish to contribute, please contact the
volume editor, Dr Jenni Ramone ( or the managing editor, Dr Cristina
Sandru (

• Black consciousness movement
• Radical black arts movement in Britain

• Atinuke
• Diran Adebayo
• Patience Agbabi
• Bola Agbaje
• Simi Bedford
• Malorie Blackman
• Yvonne Brewster
• Yvette Edwards
• Destiny Ekaragah
• Diana Evans
• Victor Headley
• Delia Jarrett-Macauley
• Catherine Johnson
• Nikita Lalwani
• Dorothy Koomson
• Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Jennifer Makumbi
• Gautam Malkani
• Dreda Say Mitchell
• Bali Rai
• Dorothea Smartt
• Maud Sulter


• Cass Pennant
• Diriye Osman
• Jacob Ross
• Lemn Sissay
• Meera Syal

Diran Adebayo
• Some Kind of Black
Monica Ali
• Alentejo Blue
• In the Kitchen
Nadeem Aslam
• Season of the Rainbirds
• The Blind Man’s Garden
Simi Bedford
• Yoruba Girl Dancing
Ferdinand Dennis
• The Last Blues Dance
Yvette Edwards
• The Mother
• The Cupboardfull of Coats
Diana Evans
• 26a
• The Wonder
Bernardine Evaristo
• Lara
• Soul Tourists
• Blonde Roots
Victor Headley
• Yardie
Jackie Kay
• Chiaroscuro
• Darling: New and Selected Poems
• Five Finger-piglets
• Hidden Fears
• Maw Broon Monologues
• Off Colour
• Other Lovers
• Red Dust Road
• The Adoption Papers
• The Frog Who Dreamed She Was an Opera Singer
Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Fix-up
• Elmina’s Kitchen
Nikita Lalwani
• The Village
• Gifted
Andrea Levy
• Every Light in the House Burnin’
• Fruit of the Lemon
• Never Far from Nowhere
• The Long Song


Gautam Malkani
• Londonstani
Kei Miller
• Fear of Stones and Other Stories
• Kingdom of Empty Bellies
• There Is an Anger That Moves
• The Same Earth
• The Last Warner Woman
• A Light Song of Light
• Writing Down the Vision: Essays & Prophecies
• The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
• Augustown
Courttia Newland
• The Scholar: A West Side Story
• Society Within
• Snakeskin
• The Gospel According to Cane
• The Dying Wish
• A Book of Blues
• Music for the Off-Key
Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay
• IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain
Courttia Newland and Monique Roffey
• Tell Tales 4: The Global Village
Caryl Phillips
• Cambridge
• Crossing the River
• Dancing in the Dark
• Higher Ground
• In the Falling Snow
• The Final Passage
• The Lost Child
Salman Rushdie
• Luka and the Fire of Life
• Grimus
Zadie Smith
• Swing Time
• Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
• NW
• The Autograph Man
• Two Lives