Sugar and Slate

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Pub Date 01 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 08 Oct 2022

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A mixed-race young woman, the daughter of a white Welsh-speaking mother and black father from Guyana, grows up in a small town on the coast of north Wales. From there she travels to Africa, the Caribbean and finally back to Wales. Sugar and Slate is a story of movement and dislocation in which there is a constant pull of to-ing and fro-ing, going away and coming back with always a sense of being ‘ half home’ . This is both a personal memoir and a story that speaks to the wider experience of mixed-race Britons. It is a story of Welshness and a story of Wales and above all a story for those of us who look over our shoulder across the sea to some other place.

"It is the exploration of geographical, racial and cultural dislocation, Sugar and Slate is in the finest tradition of work to have emerged from the black diaspora in recent times.” Gary Younge, The Guardian


A mixed-race young woman, the daughter of a white Welsh-speaking mother and black father from Guyana, grows up in a small town on the coast of north Wales. From there she travels to Africa, the...


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Books Council of Wales Book of the Month for October

Books Council of Wales Book of the Month for October


Advance Praise

Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams is an award-winning memoir first published in 2002 and now available in a new edition with a foreword by Hazel V Carby, the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University

"It is the exploration of geographical, racial and cultural dislocation, Sugar and Slate is in the finest tradition of work to have emerged from the black diaspora in recent times.” The Guardian

It is Williams's Welshness that make the examination of her mixed-race identity distinctive, but it is the humour, candour and facility of her style that make it exceptional… an engaging and perceptive voice describing an engrossing and particular personal story.” Gary Younge, The Guardian

The excavation of these cultural histories is enriched by personal histories, stories of Williams’ immediate and ancestral family, and anchored throughout Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams’ own life history and pursuit of the security found through sense of belonging. She reveals the intimate afterlives of imperialism and empire showing how legacies of colonization, race and racialization are lived by individuals and enacted in and shaping everyday relationships. These entanglements are gently unravelled in her account of the stages of her father’s lifelong struggles to throw off the mantle of being a colonial subject in diaspora: they begin with Denis Williams coming to know himself as West Indian during his first journey into exile in the mother country; continue as he fails to reconcile his colonial inheritance of a European mind with his desire to fully embrace the spirit of his African descent; and appear to resolve, or at least to reach an apparent settlement with his return to live in Georgetown.  Hazel V Carby the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University

Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams is an award-winning memoir first published in 2002 and now available in a new edition with a foreword by Hazel V Carby, the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley...


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ISBN 9781914595219
PRICE £10.00 (GBP)
PAGES 256

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A beautifully written lyrical memoir about the author's mixed race childhood in Wales and the search for her identity. She talks about her confusion and feelings of isolation being one of very few mixed race people in her area and how she dealt with it. A thoughtful insight into society of the past and of what national identity means and how it is measured.

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