My hand holding a cup of tea while contemplating what to write in the notebook in front of me, the pen laying across the two open pages.

Picking up from where I left off

Well, what a strange summer that was! I seem to struggle with summer these days. I don’t know if it’s the lack of routine that unnerves me, or the feeling that I should be making it the best summer ever, but by the end of August I’m always longing for the back to school feeling of September.

Way back at the beginning of the year (does anyone remember those days?) I had decided to plan ahead and take the summer off in the hope that by allowing myself time to simply kick back, I might be able to enjoy it a bit more. But with the pandemic and having to pivot my business away from Ravelry the preparation needed for that didn’t happen, so here I am at the start of September wondering where on earth I got up to.

After reading back over my last post I promised to share the books etc that I have discovered while learning more about anti-racism. So in the spirit of carrying on from where I left off, lets start there.

Books

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Natives by Akala
  • Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

TV Programmes

  • Sitting in Limbo (BBC iPlayer)
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC iPlayer)
  • The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files (BBC iPlayer)
  • 13th (Netflix)

Instagram

There are lots of lovely Instagram accounts to follow. I haven’t listed them all here in an effort to respect and protect their spaces, but you will discover lots of creative and talented people through these two accounts.

  • @blkmakersmatter
  • @bipocinfiber

These lists are by no means comprehensive, they simply reflect the voices I have, or intend to, listen to as part of broaden my own horizons. Which resources have you found useful? I’d love to hear them.

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