Away from Home: Black British Women’s Writing, 1970 and Beyond
The arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury on 22 June 1948 marked the beginning of an important period in British writing but also an era that largely silenced women writers—particularly women writers of colour. In the years following the arrival of the Windrush, the output of women writers of colour in the UK, or Black British women writers, increased. Yet, recognition of this group was not as forthcoming as acclaim and acknowledgement rested largely on male writers. While the work of all immigrant writers in the UK—particularly those texts that recount the lived experiences surrounding immigration—is critical to literature studies, women writers have historically been isolated to the margins of the canon.