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Issue 29

Wasafiri 29: Taking the Cake - Black Writing in Britain

Issue 29: Spring 1999

Taking the Cake: Black Writing in Britain

Interviews with Rasheed Araeen, David Dabydeen, Maya Jaggi, Jackie Kay and Susheila Nasta

Poems by Leila Aboulela, Mark de Brito, Bernardine Evaristo, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Elaine Savory, Dorothea Smartt and Janet Kofi-Tsekpo

Fiction by David Dabydeen and Romesh Gunesekera

Essays by Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall and Caryl Phillips

Articles on George Lamming, Sam Selvon, Mustapha Matura and race relations after Stephen Lawrence

Reviews of Kiran Desai's Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Mike and Trevor Phillips' Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain, Romesh Gunesekera's The Sandglass, Ben Okri's Infinite Riches, Bernardine Evaristo's Lara and Lemn Sissay's The Fire People: A Collection of Contemporary Black British Poets



Susheila Nasta
Editorial: Taking the Cake

Helen Thomas
Black on White: Textual Spaces in Black Britain

Sandra Courtman
What is Missing from the Picture? Reading Desire in the Dyche Studio Photographs of the Windrush Generation

Mark de Brito
Heron’s Canoe, extracts from a poem-in-progress

Kwame Dawes
Negotiating the Ship on The Head: Black British Fiction

Elaine Savory
Poem: Bristol seaport: 1731

Shanta Acharya
Poems: At the Edge of the World and Taking Stock

Mark Stein
Interviews David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen
Extract from A Harlot’s Progress

Giles Goodland
Gurney and other poems

Leila Aboulela
Prose poem: The Houriyah

Caryl Phillips
Following On: The Legacy of Lamming and Selvon

Reinventing Britain: A Forum

Stuart Hall
Opening Remarks

Homi K Bhabha
The Manifesto

Susheila Nasta and Rasheed Araeen
Discussion: Radio 3 ‘Night Waves’

Stuart Hall
Closing Remarks

Janet Kofi-Tsekpo
Poems: Freedom and Return

Rasheed Araeen

Gabriel Gbadamosi
Poem: Back Bedrooms

Sonia Boyce
Challenging Modern Art History

Dorothea Smartt
Low tide at tendaba and other poems

Bernardine Evaristo
A response to Homi Bhabha’s Manifesto

Bernardine Evaristo
Poems: Just An Old Bag of Bones and Post-Ice London

Reeta Chakrabarti
On race relations after Stephen Lawrence

Chris Hardy
Poems: Hunting the Basking Shark and Long Gone

Richard Dyer and Maya Jaggi
Interview Jackie Kay

Romesh Gunesekera
Fiction: The Emporium of the Durians

E A Markham
Poem: On George Lamming’s Couch

Raimund Schäffner
Assimilation, Separatism and Multiculturalism in Mustapha Matura’s Welcome Home Jacko and Caryl Phillips’ Strange Fruit

Vikas Mohan
Fiction: Comedy Night at the Alcazar


E A Markham
Trevor and Mike Phillips, ed Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain
Onyekachi Wambu, ed Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain

Richard Dyer
Chris Ofili: Exhibition

Ian Dieffenthaller
Lemn Sissay, ed The Fire People: A Collection of Contemporary Black British Poets
Mark Angelo de Brito Bigistong

Patricia Powell
Lawrence Scott Aelred’s Sin

Stewart Brown
Bernardine Evaristo Lara

Paula Burnett
Romesh Gunesekera The Sandglass
A Sivanandan When Memory Dies

Robert Fraser
Ato Quayson, ed Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing
Ben Okri Infinite Riches

Lawrence Scott
Robert Antoni Blessed is the Fruit
Frank Martinus Arion Double Play

Mark Stein
S I Martin Incomparable World

Silvia Albertazzi
Kiran Desai Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Manju Kapur Difficult Daughters

Denise deCaires Narain
Joan Anim-Addo Haunted by History
Karen McCarthy, ed Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry

David Huddart
Dennis Walder Postcolonial Literatures in English: History, Language, Theory

Ronald Warwick
Debjani Chatterjee Albino Gecko
Jackie Kay Off Colour

Jamal Mahjoub
Paul Theroux Sir Vidia’s Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents
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