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Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain

Watchers and Seekers: Creative Writing by
Black Women in Britain
Rhonda Cobham and Merle CollinsThe Women’s Press1987

This book is an anthology of some of the most exciting work being written and performed by Black women in Britain. Poems and short stories by African and Asian women, the collection casts an incisive eye on social and political issues and the experience of racism in Britain today.

Collections of stories and poems in anthologies were typical of the way in which Black British discourse has been gathered in the post war period. It was symptomatic of a publishing industry that is reluctant to commit itself financially to minority authors. Anthologies such as […] Watchers and Seekers, Creative Writing by Black Women in Britain became important outlet for these women to publish their work. These anthologies recognised the diverse diasporic conditions under which Black British cultural production took place, whether African, Caribbean, or South Asian, yet they all signal the hyphenated, the cross-cultural.

Yasmin Hussain in Writing Diaspora: South Asian Women, Culture and Ethnicity, 2005.