Book Club – Modern black literature

Ref: C2227571

Read and talk together. We will focus on a book by a modern, black, female author in each session. Some have been adapted for stage and screen and we can share thoughts on those as well. We will learn about the authors to give greater understanding to the background. Reading List The Color Purple by Alice Walker Set in 1930s rural cotton belt America. Celie confides in letters to God about her suffering at the hands of men. Slowly she emerges as a stronger woman, no longer a victim. Small Island by Andrea Levy Post war Britain- culture clash and compassion. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Set against Biafra’s impassioned struggle for an independent republic in 1960’s Nigeria. White Teeth by Zadie Smith Unlikely friendships in north London “epic and intimate, hilarious and poignant”. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Tracks the lives, loves and struggles of a dozen modern British women. Vibrant and sharp.

Additional information about this course

Course aim

Come and share your enjoyment of reading as we discuss prize winning books by modern black authors. Book club style - your opinions are welcome.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • To get the most out of it read the books beforehand, but if time doesn’t permit you are still welcome to join.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Share my opinion about the book under discussion.
  • Reflect on and make comparisons with my own experience of life
  • Contribute a brief written response about the chosen books.
  • Suggest other books in similar genre for further reading.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Our style will be informal guided discussion and interactive.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-reading is highly recommended. All books are available in paperback.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Book Club – Modern black literature


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