Black British Literature


What is Literature?


Literature is a collection of creative writing of a nation, people, group, or culture. Every community has literature, and the Black British community is not exempted. The term Black British literature became popular in the 1970s. It refers to literature written by British authors but with origins in Black communities such as Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It shows the history of Black British people throughout history. Black British Literature teaches us things that are not taught in schools about the Black community. So, it is important to learn about Black British literature.


Importance of Black British Literature


It gives the Black community a sense of identity.

It helps the Black community understand history.

It helps the Black community understand their struggles.

It serves as a better form of education on Black British history.

It helps complete British history.

Black British Authors


There are hundreds of  Black British authors, but here are just a few:


  • Ignatius Sancho 
  • Francis Barber 
  • John Jea  
  • Mary Seacole 
  • Barrington John Reckord 
  • Andrea Levy 
  • Bernadine Evaristo
  • Lenny Henry
  • David Olusoga
  • Dean Atta

Black British Poets


There are hundreds of Black British authors, but here are just a few:


  • Phillis Wheatley 
  • Olaudah Equiano 
  • Deanna Rodger
  • Raymond Antrobus
  • Isaiah Hull
  • Samuel King
  • Eno Mfon
  • Warsan Shire
  • Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Yrsa Daley-Ward

Ten Books Of Interest By Black British Authors


There are hundreds of good books by Black British Authors, but here are a few:

– Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole 

– The Black Florence Nightingale: Autobiography of a Mary Seacole, a Black Nurse, and the Vivid Account of Her Role in the  

– Crimean and Other Wars by Mary Seacole 

– Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 

 – Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo 

– Ordinary People by Diane Evans 

– Hold by Michael Donkor 

– Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

– Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola 

– The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré 

– The Ice Cream Girls (and All My Lies Are True) by Dorothy Koomson