Institute for Social Renewal

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Aina and Alemayehu

The ‘Difficult Birth’ of Inclusive Fantasy Fiction for Youth with Zetta Elliott

Date/Time: Wednesday 25th October 2017, 17:30 - 18:30

Venue: Research Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University

Event for adults

How do we move children’s fantasy fiction beyond wands and wizards? In this interactive presentation author / educator Zetta Elliott will discuss “the trouble with magic”.

After spending her childhood consuming British Fantasy fiction, Elliott began to decolonize her imagination and dedicated her writing life to reconstituting “Black magic” as a powerful force to be celebrated rather than defeated. Elliott uses the historical fantasy genre to revise, re-view, and reclaim the (often traumatic) histories of enslavement and colonization.

Elliott is also an advocate for community-based publishing and will reveal how print-on-demand technology transfers power from the industry’s gatekeepers to those excluded from the publishing process.

This free event is hosted by Newcastle University’s Children’s Literature Unit, in partnership with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books.

This event takes place at the Research Beehive at Newcastle University.