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Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl
‘We can’t just rely on Toni and Alice and Zora,’ Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim has said. ‘These women are the foundation, but what does the next generation look like? How can we uplift that?’
Edim, based in Brooklyn, founded the Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) book club back in 2015. Since then, the club has grown into a major literary phenomenon. The club meets monthly, in real life, to discuss the work of emerging and established writers. It also exists online, with live-streamed events and lively social media conversation.
Black women writers and readers are front and centre in Edim’s club. As the WRBG movement grows, Edim has hosted some incredible, award-winning authors at meetings, including Angela Flournoy, Naomi Jackson and Margo Jefferson. She’s even run a one-day WRBG festival.
At this event with Santilla Chingaipe, Edim discusses the founding and future of the club and the next generation of black women writers. The pair is then joined by author Maxine Beneba Clarke for a real-life WRBG book club meeting, discussing Clarke’s memoir, The Hate Race.
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, an online book club-turned-literary festival that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers using social media.
Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist and filmmaker whose work explores migration, cultural identities and politics. She is a regular contributor to the Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations (AGAAR).
Chingaipe wrote and directed the documentary series Third Culture Kids for the ABC. Other credits include the short documentary Black As Me.
Her first book of non-fiction detailing the stories of convicts of African descent transported to the Australian penal colonies, is forthcoming with Picador in 2021.
The recipient of several awards, Chingaipe was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019.
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, the Age, Meanjin, the Saturday Paper and the Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015.