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Lets Debate grows out of a need to discuss in more detail: One the authors and books developed by BAME authors and secondly to understand the barriers that BAME artists and organisation have when working within creative arts and heritage.

Toni Morrison and Eldridge Cleaver, each in their own way, made monumental contributions to the civil rights movement and African American identity.

Enlisting the help of to fiery voices in the field of poetry, Poet DTP and LiLi The Poet, we created an of a mock debate, followed by a discussion, with each of our poets acting as representatives of the views of Toni and Eldridge, respectively. This event was held at the Leicester Central Library – further cementing our brilliant partnership record with local libraries.

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Meet The Authors

Courtia Newland

Courtia Newland

Courtia Newland is a novelist and playwright, born in 1973 in London to parents of West Indian heritage. After initially working in music, Newland published his first novel, The Scholar, in 1997.

Bali Rai

Bali Rai

Bali Rai is an English author of children’s and young adult fiction.
Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels, some of them set in Brixton, where he grew up. Born in London of Jamaican parents, his first book, Brixton Rock (1999), tells the story of a 16-year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton. Brixton Rock was adapted for the stage and performed at the Young Vic in 2010.
Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson FRSL is a British author and screenwriter. She has written several young adult novels and co-wrote the screenplay for the 2004 drama film Bullet Boy.
Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence is a British writer and journalist, who has published fiction both for adults and children. Her writing has won awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Children and The Bookseller YA Book Prize.

Negritude – Leicester Central Library

Live Debate nights. Bringing Black Authors from across the world to life, getting both the young and the older involved in positive conversation relating to prominent, but often under-appreciated authors in this country.

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