ACHUKA Book of the Day 8 Oct 2021
An anthology including the work of twenty-eight Black British authors and illustrators.
Speaking to The Bookseller ahead of publication, Brinkhurst-Cuff said, “After an incredibly tough year, Black Joy will be an all-too-rare opportunity for Black British writers to be able to focus on the parts of their race and identity that aren’t caught up in strife; a celebratory text which doesn’t dismiss the difficulties we experience but, taking learnings from the Black Joy Project in the US, treats joy as an act of resistance and resilience. I feel exceptionally thankful to be able to work with so many Black British people, who bring me a tonne of joy on this project. Their essays have left me grinning and gleeful even at this early stage. I’m also incredibly excited that Penguin got behind the idea of bringing on a younger co-editor to be mentored. It has long been a tradition of Black British elders to support the people coming up, and in my own small way I want to help the next generation find their feet within publishing too.”
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is a journalist, editor, features writer, columnist. Formerly editor-in chief at gal-dem, she is now a senior staff editor on the New York Times. She was the editor of Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children. Follow her on Instagram:
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A podcast interview with the book’s co-editor Timi Sotire: