Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month is back and this time we are going that extra mile to celebrate local black writers.  Also, we have some very special events and displays throughout the month of October.

Black History Month with Nottingham City Libraries

To celebrate Black History Month this year Nottingham City Libraries have teamed up with local authors from Nottingham Writers Studio, providing a selection of works from the much celebrated ‘Black Lives’ collection that was curated and published by the Writers Studio. You can watch and listen to some of the authors from the book read their own work below. Also throughout October we have some special displays and events planned and below you can also find some special book lists centred around celebrating diversity as well as exploring issues of racism and liberation.

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Liverary events in the library

This year we will be having live poetry performances in a select few of our libraries!

With fantastic poets showcasing their work, with a few spit bars and some fantastic graffiti art being done live and on display, they are looking to tackle some hard hitting subjects, with Mental Health, Racism and Identity as well as what Black culture itself actually means.

Liverary events are completely free, with no booking required, simply show up to one of our scheduled events listed below and look to be a part of it! Perhaps as a viewer or maybe even to showcase some of your own talent to likeminded people.

Here’s the list of what’s happening in October and where:

Bulwell Riverside Library “Mental Health” Monday 11 Oct 5pm to 7.30pm
Hyson Green Library “Racism and Identity” Monday 18 October 5pm to 7.30pm
Meadows Library “What does Black culture mean?” Monday 25 Oct 5pm to 7.30pm
St Ann’s Valley Library “Windrush”, Thursday 28 Oct 5pm to 7.30pm

Want to see Liverary events from the past?  Click here to see their last hosted event on YouTube in our very own Central Library, focused on the theme of truth.

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Black Lives

Black Lives (the anthology produced from the Nottingham Writers Studio’s George Floyd Short Story Competition) is a collection of stories where ethnic minorities take the major roles. Written by a diverse range of 27 authors from around the globe their tales cross all genres while tackling issues of race, colourism and identity.

There is lyrical prose. Stories of resistance and the BLM movement. Interracial romance. The African-trans experience. Chinese coming of age tales. Australian outrages. Colonialism in India. Everyday racism. Apartheid and cricket.

These and many more thought-provoking stories dazzle with spirit, stunning prose and will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

Nottingham City Libraries are thrilled to present you with recordings of some of the stories read out from a selection of the writers involved. Click the button below to watch/listen to the amazing stories from this locally produced collection.

Buy Or Borrow The Book

In addition to these recordings, you can discover more stories and more writers by purchasing the ‘Black Lives’ collection from the Writers Studio. All proceeds of the Black Lives anthology are donated to the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation.

The books cover was illustrated by fantastic local artist Kim Thompson. Please check out more of her wonderful work by visiting her Instagram.

Nottingham City Libraries have also purchased several copies of the book which you can borrow from a selection of our Libraries.

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Spotlight On Our Community

We have put together a selection of books that celebrate our ethnically diverse communities and offer a starting point for exploring racism, prejudice, diversity and black history. We have different book lists for all ages, both fiction and non fiction and you can explore them by following the buttons below.

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