What to Read After… Look Up! 20/09/21
Publisher: Random House
This collection of writing about slavery was published to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.
Edited by Malorie Blackman, who herself contributes a powerful new short story, the anthology moves from themes of capture and transportation culminating in work surrounding the legacy of slavery.
The feelings of hopelessness and degradation experienced by slaves in Britain, as well as America and the West Indies are highlighted. However, the spirit of survival also shines through, as we learn about former slaves such as Frederick Douglass who bought his own freedom and wrote a best-selling narrative of his experiences.
With writing ranging from poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah and James Berry, to slave narratives from Olaudah Equiano and Harriet Jacobs, Unheard Voices will spark interest and compassion in all who read it.