The Guardian recently asked, 'Where are Britain's black writers?'
Catherine Johnson writes:
It seems like a boom time for black literature and drama. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, which focuses on the life of a young girl in Nigeria, is shortlisted for the Costa first novel award next month. Pigeon English, the story of a Ghanaian boy living in Peckham, made the Booker shortlist. And Channel 4's Top Boy, depicting black gangster life in Hackney, east London, has just been commissioned for a second series. A reason to be cheerful in shiny, diverse, Britain surely?
Well, maybe not. These three works are all the creations of white authors.
It seems that readers of The Guardian largely missed the point. So we thought we'd open up the discussion a little bit for all the readers of the Caribbean Literary Salon, to see if putting this question to a largely black readership offers a different consensus to those at The Guardian.
Why do you think the stories of black British writers are underrepresented in literature? Is it the fault of readers? Is it the fault of publishers who assume readers prefer stories from white British writers instead? Or is Catherine Johnson just imagining things?