In February we issued our initial ‘soft’ call out for contributors to our upcoming twin anthology (the title of which will be revealed next year) in order to gauge initial interest. We’re pleased to say we have already received a number of submissions and now we’d like to issue some more information for you –… Read More Next Steps for Haus of Liberated Reading’s Upcoming Twin Anthology
** UPDATE: You can now find more details about the project in our latest blog post – CLICK HERE ** The Haus of Liberated Reading is proud to announce that we’re starting work on our next publication. Following in the footsteps of our very first book, ‘Elephant’, by Siana Bangura, we’re now on the… Read More ** CALLING ALL BLACK WRITERS ** We want YOUR stories
When my skin itches, and my fingers twitch, wanting to slam closed the book with a jealous flourish, and rush to my notebook to write, and write, and write – that’s when I know I’m reading good writing. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to do that reading ‘Elephant’, but it… Read More ‘Elephant’ is a lesson in using your voice…A megaphone. A sledgehammer.
How do I begin reviewing such a collection when I’m still enthralled and captivated by the many stories told in Siana Bangura’s debut poetry collection ‘Elephant’? Separated into ten chapters, Siana gently walks the reader through a number of personal experiences which have shaped the woman that she is today, not only speaking for herself… Read More A provocative, honest, and unapologetic collection
Like all living things the elephant adapts as a means to survive. Siana Bangura’s ten chapter collection of poems ‘elephant.’ is survival in perpetuity. The reader is taken on a ride with the elephant, compelled to sustain ourselves and thrusted into a world of unpredictable force and confrontation. We make direct contact with her life… Read More The Behaviour of an Elephant
“You can stop choking on the sound now Stop biting down on the word so hard Don’t be afraid to say it. I’ll say it for you. B-L-A-C-K You heard me. As you refuse to call me by my name – You can call me black.” We are not a monolith. That is the the… Read More ‘Elephant’ magnifies the flames within all of us
Research for ‘Writing the Future: Black and Asian Writers and Publishers in the UK Market Place’ found that more 84% of publishers and 97% of agents think that publishing is only “a little diverse” or “not diverse at all”. We could have told you that for free. Nikesh Shukla, writer and editor of Rife Magazine, has put… Read More Slaying the dragon of mono-culture in publishing