Queenie review and other news

Not sure if this is going to be a regular thing but I had bits of things to share which didn’t merit full-length posts, so I figured I’d do a little round up.

First of all I reviewed Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams for The British Blacklist, which you can read here. When I say that this book is a must read, I’m not lying, nor am I exaggerating. So much of this book had me spit-out-my-tea laughing or holding back triggered tears, sometimes both. It is a brilliantly timed, much needed, well-written novel, with a heroine that you can’t help but love and root for. Do yourself a massive favour and get yourself a copy of this book to read. You can also listen to the abridged version read by Tamara Lawrance on BBC Sounds.

I’ve also joined the African Book Reviewers Directory, launched by fellow book blogger Uwadis. The directory aims to give African bloggers around the world greater visibility in the book blogging community as well as provide a platform for connecting and encouraging one another. The directory is fairly new in its inception and has the makings of being something awesome. So do drop by if you’re interested in joining and/or show your support. It takes a village people!

Anyone who writes whether it be blog posts, poems, stories, essays etc knows there’s always room for improvement. Freelance writer and editor Afoma Umesi has rounded up 20 of the best books on writing and editing to help you hone your craft. Having had a quick read through, there is definitely more than one book that I’ll be adding to my list.

While we’re on the subject of writing, calling all short writers out there (including me!), The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize competition is currently running. Open to Black, Asian, or minority ethnic writers living in the UK or Ireland, and over 18, the winner receives £1,000, a one-day publishing workshop at 4th Estate, and publication of their short story on The Guardian website. It’s a great opportunity and platform for writers from BAME backgrounds to share their untold stories. So if you’re eligible to enter and have a story waiting in the wings to be shared with the world, here is your chance, the world needs to hear more diverse voices! The competition closes on 7 June 2019.

And that’s it for now.

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