Beyond Books is a place where we acknowledge and treasure all the spaces for reading, lending, purchasing and discussing what books are and have been .. Read more to us.W e are passionate about investing into what they can be, by strengthening and reimagining our existing infrastructure, as well as thinking further into the many possibilities that books themselves present for us. Following on from his event with us at Impact Hub Birmingham exploring what it means to be a Black man in Britain with the book SAFE, writer and poet Derek Owusu joins us again this time in conversation with Liz Pemberton to explore the story behind his prize winning debut book That Reminds Me. I wanted to make sure that memories were represented in the way I see them – in fragments. - Derek Owusu That Reminds Me is the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020 and is the story of one young man, from birth to adulthood, told in fragments of memory. It explores questions of identity, belonging, addiction, sexuality, violence, family and religion. "Anansi, your four gifts raised to nyame granted you no power over the stories I tell..." This is the story of K. K is sent into care before a year marks his birth. He grows up in fields and woods, and he is happy, he thinks. When K is eleven, the city reclaims him. He returns to an unknown mother and a part-time father, trading the fields for flats and a community that is alien to him. Slowly, he finds friends. Eventually, he finds love.
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