Why is it still rare to see a black British woman with literary influence? | Books | The Guardian

My early writings were soaked in melancholy and produced late at night while I drowned myself in my favourite cocktail of whisky and Drambuie and chain-smoked Marlboro Reds. Needless to say, in the cold light of morning, a lot of it was dross. Angry and hurt at my marginalised status, I rejected the English canon on which I\’d been raised. I turned instead to the wave of brilliant African-American poets and prose stylists then hitting these shores: Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange, Michelle Cliff, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison. Their writings placed black women centre stage and inspired me to do the same.

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