Monthly Book Club Coming Soon to 2019/20!
More information will be available when we start. We will be making sure the texts are accessible for anyone who wants to take part and meeting up to discuss the readings each month.
Below is a list of books that people have recommended from WOKE, get in touch to add more to it.
This list will be constantly updated and is by no means exhaustive.
Please bear with us whilst we get this list fully populated, we have made the page live so you can at least see some of the resources available.
Below are a list of books, papers, online sites, Youtube videos etc…
Please consider writing a review of anything that you read / watch and contact us with suggested resources.
People of Colour
Books that centre the voices and experiences of people of colour
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Stay With Me, by Ayobami Adebayo
- Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
- The Mothers, by Brit Bennet
- Swing Time, Zadie Smith
- Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay
- We love you Charlie Freeman, by Kaitlyn Greenidge
- Whatever happened to interracial love?, by Kathleen Collins,
- The Woman Next Door, by Yewande Omotoso
- Homegirls: a black feminist anthology – Barbara Smith
- The truth that never hurts: writings on race gender and freedom – Barbara Smith
- Push out: The criminalisation of black girls in schools – Monique W Morris
- This will be my undoing living at the intersection of black female and feminists in (white) America – Morgan Jerkins
- What a time to be alone: The slumflower’s guide to why you are already enough – Chidera Eggerue
- Freedom is a constant struggle – Angela Davis
- Sister outsider – Audre Lorde (essays)
Influential Social Media Accounts
Rachel Cargle: Brilliant activist, writer, and lecturer. Her Instagram and twitter are great sources of knowledge. Her activism inspires critical thinking, and she puts in work to provide tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Website: https://www.rachelcargle.com
Giving Voices to Trans Experiences
My Genderation is an ongoing film project focusing on trans lives and trans experiences. All our content is created by trans people, about trans people, for a much wider audience. We aim to show trans people in a realistic way, to combat stereotypes, myths and misconceptions. These films are made by the trans community to elevate the voices that are often unheard. Link: https://youtu.be/7iIlBBbMI98
Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theatre maker. Their TED talks, poetry, social media presence, writing for online sources are all fantastic to follow. If you get a chance to see them perform or speak, go! We are working on trying to get Travis to come visit us at Keele too. In the meantime check out their website: http://travisalabanza.co.uk
On Gender and Sexuality
- Way of tenderness; awakening through race sexuality and gender – Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
- Women with moustaches and men without beards: gender and sexual anxiety of Iranian modernity – Afsaneh Najmabadi
- Why does he do that? Inside the mind of angry and controlling men – Lundy Bancroft (educational and eye opening about abusive habits in relationships – also considers same-sex relationships and race)
Voices of Refugees
- Shatila Stories – 9 refugees’ stories commissioned by Peirene resulting in a piece of collaborative fiction. (50p of every book sale goes to charity)
- Breach, by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes, A collection of 8 short stories exploring the refugee crisis through fiction.
- Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
- Preparing My daughter for the rain – Key Ballah (poems)
Films we Love
- For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the rainbow is enuf – Ntozake Shange (choreopoem and made into a really good and powerful movie)
General Feminist Fiction
- We that are young– Preti Taneja
- The Passion Of Eve – Angela Carter
General Feminist Non-Fiction
- Alex and Me, by Dr Irene Pepperberg
- Assata – Assata Shakur (Auto-bio)
- We should all be feminists – Chimananda Ngozi (a transcription of her tedtalk)
- The Hidden face of eve – Nawal El Saawadi
- Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
On Motherhood Experiences
- Revolutionary mothering: love on the front lines – Alexis Pauline Gumbs and China Martins
- In 1996, 300 undocumented African migrants – women, men and children – occupied for weeks the church of St-Bernard in Paris and redefined the struggle of immigrant people. By rejecting the term ‘illegal immigrants’ they demanded ‘Papers for all’ and galvanized an international movement that established the right to stay of all migrants regardless of their status. Find out how the Sans-Papiers organised autonomously from their supporters while maintaining their connections with them. And find out how women Sans-Papiers organised autonomously from men to keep the fight going. La ballade des Sans-Papiers was directed by Samir Abdallah and Raffaele Ventura. English subtitles by Black Women for Wages for Housework* and Payday men’s network. *Since 2000, also known as Women of Colour in the Global Women’s StrikeHead to : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFxQYWpeCXY&feature=youtu.be
Anti-racism resources click here to the blog post
The Decolonise Keele Network have a list of reading resources that can be found here