Books

* Shortlisted for the 2017 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for Inclusivity in Publishing *

Starting small, we aim to produce work that punches above its weight.

Our mission is to bring out books that are provocative, original and inspirational. We want to present and represent the un- and under-represented, the outsider; and to enable and encourage new and diverse voices, especially voices that are gay, queer, black and of colour; to put out work that is transformative, and that celebrates difference and diversity and the maverick spirit.

Our newest title - out on 24th Nov 2017 - is Chike Frankie Edozien's wonderful memoir/non-fiction account of living and loving as an African gay man, Lives of Great Men.

For all our books, click on the titles to see more details about the books and their authors, including reviews, links to interviews and author readings. Click 'buy book' to buy, or, if you're in town, why not visit our friends at Gay's The Word independent bookshop at 66 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB.

Lives of Great Men

From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing

and finding joy in the face of great adversity. On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the Continent; the impact homophobic American evangelical pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule - pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West. Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos.

Summer in London

From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing

and finding joy in the face of great adversity. On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the Continent; the impact homophobic American evangelical pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule - pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West. Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos. 

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Fimí sílẹ̀ Forever

Olawale and Oluwole are dreadlocked Yoruba lawyers, minority human rights activists fighting for a better Nigeria. Bisexual and closeted, Olawale has spent his adult life protecting and defending his charismatic, more evidently homosexual twin; but when the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act becomes law, they, their family, and the women who love them are caught in a savage spotlight that threatens to wreck all their lives. In the midst of this Wole and Wale must deal with an estranged convict father whose unexpected reappearance brings dark and troubling family secrets to light.

Fimí sílẹ̀ Forever celebrates the enduring power of love, desire, faith, patriotism and human rights struggle in the face of political oppression and religious prejudice in Nigeria today. It extends the literary conversation begun by Jude Dibia and continued by Chinelo Okparanta.

More Than!

We asked the students of Stoke Newington School to discuss, workshop and explore sexuality identity issues by asking them to look 'beyond the label' of LGBTQ people. What are labels? Why are we given them? What do they do? How can they harm or protect us? It soon became apparent that this raised broader issues with some of our young people, such as: how it feels to be Muslim in the current political climate; why does a disability instantly dictate who people think you are? - and how it feels to be a 'geek'. The response we had from our students was overwhelming... .

Yemi & Femi's Fun Night Out

An up-to-the-minute free 42pp graphic novella. Yemi and Femi, best friends since time, gay youths on the London urban club scene, along with Femi's  new boyfriend Mixtape, get caught up in an HIV panic following an incident of unsafe sex at in a nightclub toilet. In pursuit of the PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) they explore love, lust, gay marriage and challenges around HIV...

SLAP

Welcome to the world of Dominique, a glamorous transsexual hooker in the throws of an emotional meltdown, caught between a rock and a hard face, juggling a stalker client with a crush and her cute, chavved out, drugged up boyf who hasn't got out of the bath for a week. Shocking, sexy and sometimes sweet, this is a rollercoaster ride you'll never forget. - a play by Alexis Gregory, premiering at London's legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Tiny Pieces of Skull 

Lambda Literary Award-winning. In the 1980s, poet and activist Roz Kaveney wrote a novel, Tiny Pieces of Skull, about trans street life and bar life in London and Chicago in the late 1970s. Much admired in manuscript by writers from Kathy Acker to Neil Gaiman, it has never seen print until now... Funny and terrifying by turns, and full of glimpses of other lives, it is the story of how beautiful Natasha persuades clever Annabelle to run away from her life and have adventures, more adventures than either of them quite meant her to have...

Black & Gay in the UK

  • Edited by John R Gordon & Rikki Beadle-Blair
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Our ground-breaking anthology of biography, poetry, stories, plays and think-pieces about the lives of black gay men in the UK. Click on the title for a full listing of contributors.

Souljah 

The gripping Lambda Literary Award-nominated tale of a gay African former child soldier and his struggle to find freedom and love on the harsh streets of South London.

Fairytales for Lost Children 

Winner of the 2014 Polari Best First Book award, a radical new gay Somali voice. This collection of LGBT short stories, set as far afield as Peckham and Mogadishu and told in a mash-up of poetry and street-slang, is charmingly illustrated by the author, a talented artist in his own right.

Colour Scheme 

An intense, passionate novel of interracial desire and Afrocentric angst, jazz, art, Vodou and dance by NAACP Image Award Nominee John R Gordon.

Reasons to Live 

More life-lessons from the on-line diary of a human dynamo.

What I Learned Today 

365 life-lessons from the on-line diary of writer, director and performer Rikki Beadle-Blair. Honest. Clear. Loving. Powerful. Poetic. Practical. Inspiring.

Faggamuffin

A thrilling, hard-edged urban novel of gay Jamaican life in gangsta London by NAACP Image Award Nominee John R Gordon.

Several of Rikki's plays , including Bashment, FIT, Familyman and Shalom Baby are also available from our friends over at legendary publishers Oberon Books.

FIT - Screen/Stageplay

In one volume - both the screenplay and the stageplay of the groundbreaking FIT project. Also with teaching notes.

 

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