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Courttia Newland

UK flag (b.1973)

Courttia Newland was born in 1973 in Hammersmith, west London, where his highly acclaimed first novel, The Scholar (1998), is set. His second book, Society Within (1999), is a collection of short stories about young black Londoners. In his latest novel, Snakeskin (2002), a black politician is shocked by the police investigation into the murder of his daughter.

Courttia Newland is the editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000). His plays include the acclaimed The Far Side, about the murder of a young black man by a white youth, and Mother's Day, premiered at the Lyric Studio Hammersmith in autumn 2002. He is Writer in Residence at The Post Office Theatre in West London and is currently writing the screenplay to a film adaptation of The Scholar.

Genres: Science Fiction, Literary Fiction

   Music for the Off-Key (2006)
   Cosmogramma (2018)
   The Cuckoo Cage (2022) (with M Y Alam, Bidisha, Divya Ghelani, Luan Goldie, Gaia Holmes, Pete Kalu, Bidisha SK Mamata, Irfan Master, Avaes Mohammad, Ra Page and Karline Smith)
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Tell Tales (2004) (with Nii Ayikwei Parkes)
   Bare Lit (2017) (with Kavita Bhanot and Mend Mariwany)
   Ic3 (2021) (with Kadija Sesay)
Anthologies containing stories by Courttia Newland
Short stories
Piece Of My Mind (1998)

Courttia Newland recommends
Mrs Death Misses Death (2021)
Salena Godden
"Salena Godden's pin-sharp ability to mine the intricacies of human nature fuels her long-awaited debut novel, a life-affirming and unflinching treatise on death and its stark realities. Always playful, infused with her trademark humour and commitment to truth, Godden reinvents the form while staying true to an emotional honesty that's as forthright as it is courageous. Mrs Death's finale is some of the most powerful writing I've read in years. Here is necessary, beautiful work. Thank God for Godden."

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