The Black British Writers and Scholars Alliance

Founded in 2020, we are an influential and nurturing network of Black British writers and scholars who create positive change in the UK arts landscape and in academia. BBWaSA is also the home of Blacklines: The Journal of Black British Writing.

We are an alliance where writers and scholars at every stage of their career can share knowledge and flourish. 

BBWaSA is a voluntary group of writers, scholars and teachers whose members enjoy a complex, racialised heritage marked by structural discriminations and persistent inequalities. Reports such as Writing the Future (2015) and Rethinking Diversity in Publishing (2020) confirm this deplorable reality. BBWaSA seeks to redress the widespread and destructive inequity, which remains prevalent within the cultural sector. Membership is open to Black writers and scholars of African, Caribbean and mixed African/Caribbean heritage. We welcome writers of all genders and sexualities from undergraduates to emeritus professors. At present we are mainly women and so our experience of invisibility within the UK’s creative economy informs our core focus. 

Our mission

  • To heighten awareness of the presence of Black British writers locally, nationally, and internationally
  • To showcase the work of Black British writers through our journal Blacklines, a key source of literary information and debate

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