Check out writers Derek Owusu + Courttia Newland in discussion on The Black British Novel – then and now.
Derek Owusu is an author, poet and award-winning podcaster from London. He has written for several publications and collated, edited and contributed to SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space – an anthology exploring the experiences of Black men in Britain. His critically acclaimed debut That Reminds Me merges poetry and verse and has recently been awarded the Desmond Elliot Prize. It is the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s imprint #MerkyBooks.
Literary hallmark Courttia Newland is an important voice in contemporary British literature and the writer of seven works of fiction including his widely celebrated debut novel The Scholar. In 2016, Courttia won the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Bursary for playwriting. He is also an associate lecturer at the University of Westminster where he teaches Creative Writing while completing his PhD. His new speculative fiction novel A River Called Time is set in a parallel London and will be published by Canongate in January 2021.