Venue: Chapter One Bookshop

Time: 10.30 – 11.45


Many white writers in their development of Black characters have used stereotypes and racists tropes. Black writers are in a double bind, on the one hand, they want to interrogate how society is so structured that black people are over represented in the criminal system, while simultaneously they are loathe to replicate white crime writers’ racist stereotypes. An overcompensation of this is to create black characters that are seamlessly heroic. What is way forward for the black crime fiction genre?

Yvonne Battle-Felton is a writer, researcher and a lover of words based at Lancaster University

Peter Kalu is an award-winning playwright, poet and novelist

Anjum Malik has written several radio plays as well as for Woman’s Hour drama, The Interpreter.

Dr Jennifer Makumbi is an award winning Ugandan novelist and short story writer

Courttia Newland is an author, screenwriter, playwright and literary activist