IC3 : The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain

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In this landmark collection, 100 British writers of African descent contribute brand new work from across the writing spectrum. Divided into three main sections, First, Second, and Third Generations, the book focuses on four types of writing - poetry, short fiction, essays and memoirs. Published to widespread attention in trade paperback in summer 2000.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 30mm | 337g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • biographical notes
  • 0140287337
  • 9780140287332

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Courttia Newland is the author of the acclaimed novels The Scholar and Society Within, and has recently adapted Euripides' The Women of Troy for the stage. Kadija Sesay is a writer and editor whose work in creative arts has won her both Cosmopolitan and Candace Woman of Achievement awards. She has edited two previous anthologies.show more

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Entitled IC3, the police code for black, this monumental anthology of commissioned writing includes poetry, essays, stories and memoirs from 100 British writers of African descent. The collection is divided into three main sections, moving through the experience of being black in the UK from first generation 'settlers', to second generation 'explorers', and then on to the modern day, third generation 'crusaders'. While exploring many black issues that have evaded attention, it also gives us the words that have become a part of the popular black language. Contributors include David Dabydeen, Floella Benjamin, Ferdinand Dennis, Benjamin Zephaniah, Treva Etienne, Catherine Johnson, Henry Bonsu, Leon Ross and many others. The resolution is a strongly-worded testament to the diversity and durability of black writers in Britain today. (Kirkus UK)show more

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