Home Is Not A Place (Hardback)Johny Pitts (author), Roger Robinson (author)
Combining the formidable talents of poet Roger Robinson and photographer Johny Pitts, Home is Not a Place documents the contemporary Black experience throughout Britain, shining a light on communities and sub-cultures that have been obscured or neglected from the accepted narrative.
Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2023 Discover Book of the Year
A gorgeously produced, hugely original examination of Black Britishness in the 21st century.
What is Black Britain?
In 2021, award-winning poet Roger Robinson and acclaimed photographer Johny Pitts rented a red Mini Cooper and decided to follow the coast clockwise in search of an answer to this question. Leaving London, they followed the River Thames east towards Tilbury, where the Empire Windrush docked in 1948. Too often, that is where the history told about Black Britain begins and ends - but Robinson and Pitts continued out of London, following the coast clockwise through Margate to Land's End, Bristol to Blackpool, Glasgow to John O'Groats and Scarborough to Southend on Sea. Here, the authors found not only Black British culture long overlooked in official narratives of Britain, but also the history of Empire and transatlantic slavery to which every Briton is tethered.
Home Is Not a Place is the spectacular result of the journey they documented: a free-form composition of photography, poetry and essays that offers a book-length reflection upon Black Britishness - its complexity, strength and resilience - at the start of a new decade.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 221 x 170 x 24 mm
Praise for Afropean by Johny Pitts
'A revelation' - Owen Jones
'Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe's relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and lyrical' - Afua Hirsch
Praise for A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson
'Ranging from the most breath-taking poems about the Grenfell Tower fire to the most exquisitely moving poems about the premature birth of his son, who had to fight for his life in an incubator. His poems are deep, mature, moving and inventive.' - Bernadine Evaristo
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