I have written a little bit about our trip to Flup Festival in Rio de Janeiro a previous blog [link] and particularly it’s poetry slam, but I wanted to acknowledge another important aspect of the festival, that it was a gathering that brought global Black activists into dialogue with the specific context of Brazil, home to the largest Black community beyond the African continent, but often a blindspot in English speaking histories of African Diaspora.
This December I’m celebrating an anniversary – I’ve now been happily working in GWL for a full year, having joined the team as a development worker last December. Looking back on a packed year of ground breaking projects and personal learning it’s hard, if not impossible, to sum it up in a blog post. One of the great things about working in the women’s library (as well as the large variety of tea on offer) is being surrounded by such inspirational book shelves. It’s been difficult but I’ve chosen six books, that have punctuated this year in the library and would thoroughly recommend to others.