Publishing Manchester’s black and Asian writers
in Postcolonial Manchester
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This chapter considers the prospects for the next generation of British black and British Asian poets in the light of significant changes that are affecting the publishing industry. These changes affecting the publishing industry are the rise of social media, the development of new technologies and, less hearteningly, significantly diminished publishing opportunities for such poets. The chapter aims to understand the politics of literary approbation and to gain insights into the extent to which this approbation relates to the cultural politics of belonging to multiracial Britain. The chapter provides some insight, with a particular focus on the challenges faced by Manchester's black and Asian poets, into the role played by Manchester's independent publishing houses. It also provides an insight to the city's complementary tradition of 'live literature' and proud history of self-publishing in creating and sustaining the city's distinctive literary scene.

Postcolonial Manchester

Diaspora space and the devolution of literary culture


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