A new Black British history series exploring subjects from Afrobeats to the power movement is underway.
‘A Quick Ting On’, a ground-breaking new non-fiction series focuses on the Black British community, all written by young Black British writers.
Created by 24-year-old publisher Magdalene Abraha, the series is the first of its kind and will cover topics from grime music to bamboo earrings, plantain to the Black British power movement, Afrobeats to Black British business.
A Quick Ting On is published by Jacaranda Books, the award-winning independent publisher dedicated to diverse books, with new titles to come out over the following year.
One author is Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy who says she loves that the series could help readers outside Black British communities understand the importance of their culture.
“Black history tends to be focused around slavery – which was such a big part – but to be able to say there are so many other things that are important to this culture and this country, that’s something I would have loved to know more about in school. It wasn’t until I got to uni’ that I started to find myself
It would be great if some of this stuff was covered earlier.”
Abraha said: “There’s nothing like this out there – that’s one of the reasons why I had to do it.
“I created this series to provide a space that can celebrate, pay homage and explore culture. It’s about the everyday conversations that we have about art, music, hair, history, politics, food and so much more.
“The whole point of the series is that the subjects are limitless, it can last forever”.
Other writers set to contribute include Chanté Joseph, Tobi Kyeremateng, Rui Da Silva, Tskenya-Sarah Frazer and Franklyn Addo.