Bristol Festival of Ideas: Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay at Waterstones
Deirdre Osborne and Kadija Sesay introduce their must-read list of novels that celebrate the wide and diverse experiences of people from around the world, of all backgrounds and all races.
The power of great fiction is that readers have the opportunity to discover new worlds and encounter other beliefs and opinions. But how do we find these books in the all-too-often white dominated 'required reading' collections that have become the accepted norm? How can powerful voices and cultural perspectives make it to the front of our bookshelves?
In This is the Canon: Decolonise Your Bookshelf in 50 Books Osborne and Sesay (along with Joan Anim-Addo, Professor Emerita of Caribbean Literature and Culture at Goldsmiths University) have chosen novels from literary giants such as Toni Morrison and Chinua Achebe to equally vital writers such as Caribbean novelist Earl Lovelace or Indigenous Australian author Alexis Wright, the novels recommended here are in turn haunting and lyrical; innovative and inspiring.
Osborne and Sesay discuss the books, the writers and how their list came to be with Madhu Krishnan.
7.00pm - 8.00pm
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