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A lucky library

8 November 2021

Thanks to the publishing company, Penguin, Westminster City School has received a fantastic early Christmas present –100 books by authors of colour for our Library.

Our above picture, with just some of the donated books, shows the wide variety of texts gifted to our School. As well as enjoying novels, autobiographies, biographies and non-fiction texts, our students can now read a ground-breaking novel by Samuel Selvon, works by Booker Prize winner Sir Salman Rushdie and by celebrated writer Benjamin Zephaniah, and learn about Indian life during the final years of the British Raj with the memoir of food and travel writer, Madhur Jaffrey.

Mr Chapman, our LRC Manager, explains: “The Lit in Colour 100 book giveaway received over 1,600 applications from across the UK, so we were absolutely delighted to learn that Westminster City School had been selected and that our Library would receive 100 books by authors of colour.

“We’re very grateful to Lit in Colour for this superb donation, which contains novels covering a diverse variety of genres, themes and topics, plus autobiographies and biographies to interest and inspire our students. In addition, there is an acclaimed collection of essays by American writer James Baldwin, a brilliant range of non-fiction texts (including works by journalists like Gary Younge and Afua Hirsch, and by human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti), and poetry collections.” 

Mr Chapman is now cataloguing all the newly donated texts, meaning many will be available for our students to start borrowing from the end of this week. Since some of the books are more suited for our older students, our Library’s Sixth Form reading area will also be getting a re-design in order to accommodate these many new works.

Created by Penguin Books UK and equality think tank The Runnymede Trust, Lit in Colour aims to find innovative and practical ways to give schools the support and tools they need to introduce more books by people of colour, as well as to increase students’ access to more books by writers of colour.

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