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Fringe of Colour 2023: a Reading List #1

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The 2023 iteration of Fringe of Colour Films is here! It runs 23 - 29th June and we are extremely proud to be, once again, collaborating with this immensely essential powerhouse of a project. Founded in 2018, Fringe of Colour is a multi-award-winning initiative dedicated to supporting Black people and People of Colour at arts festivals in Scotland and beyond.

Fringe of Colour Films is its hybrid arts festival, offering an online streaming service, in-person screenings and panel discussions, a publishing platform and a podcast, championing and celebrating the work of artists of colour.

Throughout the festival, you'll find us at a special festival book stall at Summerhall, where you can browse books following the themes explored in the program. Here on the website, Festival Founder and Director Jess Brough has chosen books to go with each of the festival's six themes - some of them related to one film and others travelling thematically between them.

These are Jess's choices for the first three themes. Consider this your hybrid book stall for a hybrid festival we're so glad to be supporting (follow each link to explore the films for each strand in the Fringe of Colour program)!


Dear Senthuran, Akwaeke Emezi (this is the book the film "Dear Omolere" was inspired by)

As a Blackwoman, Poems 1982 - 1985, Maud Sulter (not currently in print but fingers crossed this may change!)

Another Way to Split Water, Alycia Pirmohamed

Crying In H Mart, Michelle Zauner


Disaffected, Xine Yao

It's Not That Radical : Climate Action to Transform Our World, Mikaela Loach

The Nerves and Their Endings, Jessica Gaitán Johannesson

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


The Dreaming, Andre Bagoo

The Nickel Boys, Colston Whitehead

Mrs Death Misses Death, Salena Godden

Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong

The full program for Fringe of Colour films is available HERE. Follow Fringe of Colour Films for updates and come say hi at the book stall during your visit to the festival this coming week!

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