Welcome to the blog for the world-first Masters in Black British Writing, at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

The MA is currently in its second year and comes at an auspicious time when students worldwide are calling for the decolonization of their curriculum. The degree inducts students into the history of black British writing, its diasporic heritages, and its multiple aesthetic disciplines.  The core modules, Historicising the Field and Interculturality, Text, Poetics, and the options, Literature of the Caribbean, and Genre and Aesthetics are taught by Professor Joan Anim-Addo and Dr Deirdre Osborne.

Dr Deirdre Osborne, Programme Convenor states:

“This MA is a world first. It offers a breadth of study across the field of Black British Writing (broadly conceived) from the perspectives of literature, drama, and performance poetics on and off the page and screen. Nowhere else can you study this field in such a richly, referenced way – in the actual country where the writing is produced. The cross-disciplinary teaching expertise is enhanced by a programme of public lectures and talks from leading writers and thinkers.”

Janet Sebastian, a student on the MA states:

“The wealth of historical evidence that underpins this Masters degree was never a part of my school years in Britain, the land of my birth. During my formative years I always felt displaced, always the Other and always seeking a sense of belonging. I am sincerely grateful to our lecturers, Professor Joan Anim-Addo and Dr Deirdre Osborne, for their tireless passion and resolve to see this vital Masters launched at Goldsmiths. Doing this degree, the first in the world, has changed my life profoundly and positively.”

The MA’s first cohort graduated in December 2016 with flying colours and we strongly encourage all who may be interested to get in touch with any queries and to apply via the online portal:

Heather Marks, Administrative Assistant: hmark002@gold.ac.uk

Dr Deirdre Osborne, Course Convenor:  d.osborne@gold.ac.uk

Professor Joan Anim-Addo, Course Convenor: j.anim-addo@gold.ac.uk