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Fringe of Colour 2023: A Reading List #2

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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 collaborating with this 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 can 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. Consider this your hybrid book stall for a hybrid festival we're so glad to be supporting!

This is the second instalment of Jess's book choices - covering the themes SEEDS, ROOTED and POLLINATION (follow each link to explore the films for each strand in the Fringe of Colour program!) .


Fugitive Feminism by Akwugo Emejulu

Blood Salt Spring by Hannah Lavery

None of the Above by Travis Alabanza

They Called me a Lioness by Ahed Tamimi and Dena Takruri


Miss Major Speaks by Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Toshio Meronek

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Small Bodies of Water by Nina Mingya Powles

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread by Marcia Douglas (sadly out of print in the UK at present)


Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt

Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo

Like a Tree, Walking by Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo

Unruly Therapeutic: Black Feminist Writings and Practices in Living Room by Foluke Taylor

Check out the first three themes, NOURISH, SYMBIOSIS and SOIL, and their book lists here.

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 week!

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