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Reading Material

Selection of recommended reading materials, suggested either by our invited speakers or by students, staff or audience members.

All our Resource Lists are constantly evolving, any suggestions to be added can be emailed to:

GSA Library Subject Guide

This quick guide provides you with information on the collections, services and facilities that are useful for your subject area, all helpfully gathered together in one place.


Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Hugely important, acclaimed, and award-winning book by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Essential reading.

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Black and British: A Forgotten History

By David Olusoga

An acclaimed re-examination of a shared history, telling the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean. 


Sister Outsider

By Audre Lorde

The book is considered a classic volume of Lorde's most influential works of non-fiction prose and has been groundbreaking and formative in the development of contemporary feminist theories.


Back to Black:

Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century

By Kehinde Andrews

At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. 


Native: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

By Akala

From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, to the day he realised his mum was white, to his first encounters with racist teachers - race and class have shaped Akala's life and outlook. In this unique book he takes his own experiences and widens them out to look at the social, historical and political factors that have left us where we are today.


The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison's first novel perfectly captures the effects of racism and colorism, telling the story of an 11-year-old black girl with low self-esteem who prays desperately for her eyes to become blue. 


Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

By Bell Hooks

For the reader who wants to learn more about black feminism, Ain't I A Woman is considered one of the most important and comprehensive works on how sexism and misogyny specifically affects women of color. 


Citizen: An American Lyric

By Claudia Rankine

Poet Claudia Rankine meditates on police brutality, racial fatigue, depression and the denigration of black bodies. 

"because white men can't
police their imagination
black men are dying"


Art Review Glasgow

For the continued publication of critical writing and...

Art Review Glasgow is a new publication that provides a space for discussion on the state of contemporary art and culture and is foremost an exponent of the benefits that can be found at the intersection of art and critical writing.


The Root

Black news, opinions, politics and culture.


ROOT-ed Magazine

ROOT-ed (Revolution of our time) is a self-published zine, and social platform, that aims to promote, support and inspire creative people of colour within the North West of England.


Stuart Hall Library Reading Lists

The Stuart Hall Library is Iniva's critical and creative hub. The library's collections are internationally significant in the field of contemporary art and focus especially on art and artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America, and UK artists of African, Asian and Latin American heritage, and from other cultural backgrounds. 

This is a list of selected reading material.


The Things I Would Tell You

British Muslim Women Write.From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground-breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the ‘Muslim Woman’.

Edited by Sabrina Mahfouz.


The Good Immigrant

By Nikesh Shukla

Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today,this book explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.


Your Silence Will Not Protect You

By Audre Lorde

A 2017 posthumous collection of essays, speeches, and poems by African American author and poet Audre Lorde. It is the first time a British publisher collected Lorde's work into one volume.


The Jive Talker: Or, How To Get a British Passport

By Samson Kambalu

In this completely original, often subversive, book, Samson Kambalu writes of his childhood in Malawi, a country few are able to pinpoint on a map. As the family moves from feast to real poverty and deprivation, and back to plenty again, depending on their father's professional fortunes, we are introduced to life in a country in which no dissent is tolerated, where political opponents are 'disappeared' and a portrait of Life President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda is always guaranteed to be watching.


Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison

In this seminal 1952 novel, an unnamed narrator recounts his epic life-story, from his coming-of-age in a rural Southern town, to his migration to the violent streets of Harlem. 


Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Toni Morrison has described this debut book from Ta-Nehisi Coates as a "required reading." In the form of a letter to his teenaged son, Coates distills what it means to be black in America today. 


To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Published in 1960, it was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The story is told by the six-year-old Jean Louise Finch.


The White Pube

The White Pube is the collaborative identity of Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad under which they write criticism and (sometimes) curate.



Consented is an independent quarterly print magazine, as well as an education and discussion platform primarily based in London. They host regular events looking at issues of race, racism and colonialism, as well as a 24-week supplementary curriculum in two senior schools in East and South London.


Marbles Magazine

A new indie print magazine exploring, dissecting and exploding the stigma of mental health.


Unsettling Coloniality: A Critical and Radical Fiber/Textile Bibliography

Amassed and published by Aram Han Sifuentes, Lisa Vinebaum, Namita Gupta Wiggers and designed by Ishita Dharap. A bibliography of texts relating to the problematic nature of fiber and textile industry from the Critical Craft Forum. Free to download.

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