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Ugh, Those Tears Again: A Little Life, Final Chapter and Moving On (Part 2)
Oct 21 • 50 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! Part 2! A much lighter and more joyful episode to its more depressing sibling. Sit back, relax and listen to the end - thank you for listening and sticking with us through this journey. We love you! Books: A Little Life - Hanya…
Tears: A Little Life, Mental Health Awareness Week and Trauma (Part 1)
Oct 7 • 59 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2019 #BlackHistoryMonth2019 On this two part episode, we delve into A Little Life giving you an equal balance of tears and laughter, joy and a lot of pain. Listen with a mug of beverage of your choice.…
London Podcast Festival: Mostly Lit Live ft JJ Bola
Sep 23 • 85 min
Mostly Live is back again with the live show, this time at London Podcast Festival featuring a long time friend of the show, JJ Bola. Alex is away this week, so listen to Rai and JJ talk about everything books, culture and of course - expect laughs! You…
Catching A Free Flow
Aug 27 • 81 min
This week we have a free flowing conversation about arts, culture, writing and life. We discuss everything from Toni Morrison’s passing, to carnival prep. We also speak at length about Abe Adeyemi’s sell out rehearsed reading of All The Shit I Couldn’t…
Hot Poetry Sh*t
Jul 29 • 79 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! This week we are both in quite the happy mood. Listen to us discussing the poems that make us happy and shine from within. This is one to definitely listen to. Start your week with some joy. Books: The Thing Around Your Neck-…
The Gender Line
Jul 15 • 92 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! This week we are back from our hiatus to speak about Julie Cohen’s Louis and Louise, and explore the question of gender, sexuality and how it can impact our world view. This is one to definitely listen to. Books: Sapiens - Yuval…
Clapback 2k19
Jul 1 • 84 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! This week we share our Summer Reads with you guys! Books: Louis and Louise - Julie Cohen My Dark Vanessa - Kate Elizabeth Russell The Clapback - Elijah Lawal The Body Keeps The Score - Bessel van der Kolk An American Marriage -…
It’s Above Me Now
Jun 17 • 121 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! This week we are back from our hiatus to speak about Chigozie Obioma’s ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ We discuss men in love, spirituality and announce a special show. This is one to definitely listen to! Books: An Orchestra of…
Mental Health Awareness Week: Notes on a Nervous Planet
May 13 • 104 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This week we speak about Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet, Game of Thrones and why we need to pay attention to anxiety. - Not one to miss! - Books: Known and Strange Things - Teju Cole Sula - Toni Morisson Spoiler Alert: Game…
The Other Side of Freedom ft Deray McKesson
May 6 • 58 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This week we speak to Deray McKesson about his book, On The Otherside of Freedom. This week, we ask: Would you want an all black university in the UK? How do you present your activism? We also speak about activism, Black Lives…
You Got Served!: Spring Reads, London Buses and Dracrys
Apr 29 • 127 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This week we discuss our Spring Reads, ask whether corporations can support writers and artists new publishing companies like De Montfort Literature, and we dissect the first two episodes of Game of \thrones. We also challenge Rai…
#WorldBookNight ft Tomi Adeyemi
Apr 22 • 36 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - In celebration of World Book Night, we spent time with our fave Tomi Adeyemi! We speak about Children of Blood and Bone, inspirations and what we have to look forward to with the film, and Children of Virtue and Vengeance! Not one…
It’s Queenie! ft Candice Carty-Williams
Apr 15 • 59 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This week we are joined by Candice Carty-Williams to discuss her debut novel ‘Queenie’ and all the themes surrounding it! We also then look at ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ as well as figure out what it all means to create, work,…
Minisode: Not Just A Black, Muslim Woman by Raifa Rafiq for It’s Not About The Burqa
Apr 8 • 9 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This minisode is in dedication of It’s Not About The Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race, edited by Miriam Khan with an exclusive listen to the essay Not Just A Black Muslim Woman, by Mostly Lit co-host -…
How Far Would You Go For Your Sibling?
Apr 1 • 106 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - Based on Oyinkan Braithwaite’s book: ‘My Sister The Serial Killer’ we ask: - How far would you go for you siblings? For Mostly Flix, we discuss Jordan Peele’s ‘US’ (Spoiler Alert!) as we try to find the layers beneath the surface…
Minisode: What’s In A Name? By Alex Reads, for #SAFE
Mar 11 • 8 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This minisode is in dedication of SAFE: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space by Derek Owusu with an exclusive listen to the essay What’s In A Name, by Mostly Lit co-host - Alex Reads. - Buy SAFE here. Use #UsManAreSafe and #SAFE…
White Saviourism? Not My Situation.
Mar 4 • 91 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - Where did the white saviour complex come from? This week, we discuss Andrea Levy’s novel, The Long Song, and how it is still pertinent today in the light of white saviour talks today. - Book: The Long Song - Andrea Levy The Secret…
God Stays Petty
Feb 25 • 101 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! - This week we ask: Are you reading the one per cent? Which books did you read when you were younger that had ONE person of colour as a main character? - Book: The Long Song - Andrea Levy Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey Midnight for…
OH MY GODS ft Alexandra Sheppard
Feb 18 • 87 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! We’re joined by Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods! She shares her tips on writing, getting started and why she loves the Greek Gods. Book: Oh My Gods! - By Alexandra Sheppard What we’re reading: An Orchestra of Minorities -…
Schoolin’ Life: Ageing and Loving
Feb 11 • 101 min
Welcome to Mostly Lit! Book: Less by Arthur Sean Greer Are you schoolin’ life? How do we experience age, youth and love? What we’re reading: - White Fragility by Robin Diangelo - Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Super Power by Brittney C.…
Happy New NEW Year!
Feb 4 • 131 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! Happy New Year! We’re back AGAIN for a brand new series of Mostly Lit and we have new segments for you this year! Not one to miss! This week’s book: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival: Podcast-In-Residence 2018
Nov 11, 2018 • 57 min
Welcome back to a SPECIAL Mostly Lit episode! In October, Mostly Lit took up its position as Podcast-In-Residence at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival! Have a listen to this special episode of Mostly Lit where we share our…
Mostly Lit Live @ BFI: Get Out
Nov 4, 2018 • 74 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit Live @ BFI We discuss Zadie Smith’s Short Story ‘Crazy They Call Me’ And film ‘Get Out’ at the BFI. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy! ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Intro Music…
Did You March, though?: Washington Black, Zamunda and Revolution
Oct 29, 2018 • 69 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about Esi Edugyan’s Man Booker Shortlisted book, Washington Black. We also talk about intimacy, Halloween and the cultural relevance of Coming To America! Another elements of Black achievement this Black…
Mostly Lit Live ft Lenny Henry at Cheltenham Lit Fest
Oct 15, 2018 • 67 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit LIVE. This week, we speak to Black British icon, Lenny Henry, as we discuss Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’, diversity in publishing and industry, writing memoir and the importance in ‘finishing’ tasks. Not one to miss! Remember to…
Their Eyes Were Watching Who Now?: Massages, Rise Up and Tea Cake
Oct 7, 2018 • 70 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about Their Eyes Were Watching God, @JudeBlay’s book on Stormzy ‘Rise Up, Arinze Kene’s Misty play and other elements of Black British achievement this Black History Month. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE,…
Oscar’s Brief Life
Sep 30, 2018 • 70 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the Junot Diaz controversy, Merky Books’ first publication, how to be STILL and more. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
Who’s Got The Power? - Live From London Pod Fest
Sep 23, 2018 • 56 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit Live at King’s Place! Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy! —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Books: The Power - Naomi Alderman Intro Music by: @StuffDeejSays…
No Man Is An Island
Sep 16, 2018 • 59 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! Trigger Warning!: Mental health discussion at the beginning of the show that may be disturbing for some listeners. SKIP 10mins if you wish to not hear. This week, we speak about two famous poems. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s…
The Many Faces of Jay Gatsby
Sep 10, 2018 • 66 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week, we speak The Great Gatsby, brilliant writing, mortality, the afterlife and the respectability politics around the term ‘boujie’. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
Autumn Reads? No Problem, No Problem!
Sep 3, 2018 • 66 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! Autumn Reads! Books: New Testament - Jerhico Brown Becoming - Michelle Obama How To Stop Time - Matt Haig How To Love A Jamaican - Alexia Arthurs Paris Echo - Sebastian Faulks Recovery - Russell Brand Born A Crime - Trevor Noah…
Kissing Palms?
Aug 20, 2018 • 90 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week, we speak Romeo and Juliet, whether Shakespeare is still necessary, the problematicness of Mean Girls and shout out to Stormzy! Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
Can You Be Black And…
Aug 12, 2018 • 84 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk Black radicalism with academic Kehinde Andrews, and his book ‘Back To Black’. We talk Black radical thought, Pan Africanism, Western economics, and being black in Academia. Also, we ask ‘Can you be Black and…’…
Your Wealth Has Increased!
Aug 6, 2018 • 85 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, the politics of gender, the power of names and why we need to look for the magic in all of us! Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
Be True. Be Ravenclaw.
Jul 29, 2018 • 90 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, why we do relationships all wrong, Guy Gunaratne on the Man Booker Long List and why we shouldn’t hide ourselves from the world. Not one to miss! Remember to…
Glory Be To Gawd
Jul 22, 2018 • 82 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, anxiety coping mechanisms, going back home and the state of Bridget Jones. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
Mandela Forever ft Ndaba Mandela
Jul 15, 2018 • 44 min
To celebrate 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, this week we were joined by the inspiring Ndaba Mandela to discuss his new book, Going To The Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather. We talk about Nelson Mandela the leader and grandfather,…
Self Reliance.
Jul 8, 2018 • 75 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we talk about self-reliance, #Merky Books, Supernatural dramas and whether we are really non-conformists. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy!…
All About Love
Jul 1, 2018 • 47 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit live at Last Word! at Roundhouse London! Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy! —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Books: All About Love - bell hooks Intro Music by: @StuffDeejSays…
The Multi-Hyphenates ft Emma Gannon
Jun 25, 2018 • 62 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we speak to author, journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and multi-talented extraordinaire Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method! We discuss burnout, generational differences, finances, Erin Brockovich and the…
Oh My God, Becky?! ft Gabourey Sidibe
Jun 17, 2018 • 69 min
Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week we speak to author and actress. Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) about her new book, This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare while on her UK tour! We discuss spirituality, African parents, Mental Health and of course,…
Your Utmost Happiness ft Arundhati Roy
Jun 11, 2018 • 59 min
This week we speak to author Arundhati Roy about her second book, Ministry of Utmost Happiness in a rare and first time ever conversation on a podcast! We discuss spirituality, geo-politics, culture and the Vietnam War. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE,…
The Terrible ft Yrsa Daley-Ward
Jun 4, 2018 • 59 min
Welcome Back! This week we speak to writer, poet and performer Yrsa Daley-Ward, about her latest memoir ‘The Terrible’ released on Tuesday 6th June. We discuss religion, sexuality, grief and our roots. Not one to miss! Remember to RATE, REVIEW AND…
We Are Home
May 27, 2018 • 103 min
We come to you live from Waterstones. Enjoy! Music by: @StuffDeejSays ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Get involved! Don’t forget to tweet us your thoughts on the episode! Rate and review us on iTunes, Soundcloud and YouTube! Follow us on:…
The Hidden Figure
May 14, 2018 • 50 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week we discuss the nuances of Black Britishness vs African Americaness with our guest Jamia Wilson (@jamiaw)the author of Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present. Make sure to…
Dry Cries And Thanos
May 7, 2018 • 73 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! Books that made us cry. Happy cry. Ugly cry. Thug cry. *Spoilers throughout the episode. You were warned* Make sure to comment, subscribe and share! ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Books: All My…
Mostly Pirate! Ft Sam Conniff
Apr 30, 2018 • 88 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! We are being more pirate this week, joined by Captain and ex-CEO of Livity and Dubplate Drama @SamConniff who gives the Mostly Lit trio quite the pep talk! Let us know whether you’re more pirate after this episode!…
Delete Tweets? I’d Prefer Not To.
Apr 23, 2018 • 74 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week we discuss Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener, the phrase ‘I’d prefer not to’, resisting the status quo and celebrities deleting tweets! (With a slight bit of excitement leading up to Avenger’s…
Mad And Furious ft Guy Gunaratne
Apr 16, 2018 • 75 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week we’re joined by author of In Our Mad and Furious City, Guy Gunaratne, as we discuss the inner workings of young London, Meryl Streep and should we cancel our faves? Make sure to comment, subscribe and…
Learning From a Scholar ft Courttia Newland
Apr 9, 2018 • 85 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week we’re joined by the amazing author, Courttia Newland. He talks to us about how he came to write The Scholar, class wars, the working class narrative, the failings of the prison system and more! Music by:…
Spring Reads!
Apr 2, 2018 • 78 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! Derek is Eeyore Rai is Tigger Alex is Pooh Who are you? It’s our reading list episode - Spring Reads! Let us know thoughts. Music by: @StuffDeejSays ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Mostly Flics: BBC…
Stay With Me ft Ayobami Adebayo
Mar 26, 2018 • 62 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! The trio are joined by author of ‘Stay With Me’ Ayobami Adebayo (@ayobamiadebayo) Let’s get into it! ———————— Get involved! Don’t forget to tweet us your thoughts on the episode, the books and the film! Rate and…
In The Cut ft Inua Ellams
Mar 19, 2018 • 90 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week we have writer, playwright and poet @InuaEllams in our chair. We talk to him about his play The Barbershop Chronicles, his travels and what school was like for all of us. We also speak about Mostly Lit…
Black Lives Matter ft Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Mar 12, 2018 • 58 min
This week we had the pleasure of being joined by the remarkable activist and author, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and co-author of When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. We discuss activism, Patrisse’s…
Women Are Mad, Men Are Crazy ft Azryah
Mar 4, 2018 • 71 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week, it’s the beginnings of International Women’s Month, and we have @_Azryah in the studio talking to us about women, relationships and the way that parents raise their sons. We also speak about aspects of…
The Pieces of Me ft Aimee Felone
Feb 26, 2018 • 101 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week, we’re speaking about identity and what that means in all white spaces with @AimeeFelone, co-founder of children’s publisher @_KnightsOf We also speak about supporting creative projects, and drinking wine…
Are You Done?
Feb 19, 2018 • 87 min
WAKANDA FOREVER! This week: Rai is triggered. Alex thinks it’s important. Derek’s lips are shut. This week we ask: Do you chase unrequited loves? Do you have patience with yourself? This week’s book: South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami…
Mostly Lurrrveeee
Feb 12, 2018 • 81 min
Welcome to a new Valentines Day episode of Mostly Lit! This week: Rai believes it’s logical. Alex thinks it’s spiritual. Derek says mind your business. This week we ask: Do you believe in soul mates? This week’s book: Essays In Love - Alain De Botton.…
Home Fire In The Booth!
Feb 5, 2018 • 74 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week’s book: Home Fire - Kamila Shamsie. This week’s ‘flic’ - Black Panther (Anticipating the Hype) Thoughts! This week: Rai is walking in the spirit. Alex has sibling questions. Derek says no to cliques. (PSA:…
“Rooting For Everybody Black”
Jan 29, 2018 • 69 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week’s book: Killology by Gary Owen’s @RoyalCourt and @ShermanTheatre production. This week’s ‘flic’ - Get Out and Oscar Nomination Thoughts! This week: Rai is eating Jackfruit . Alex wants a reason to live.…
Don’t Wanna Get This Baaabaay! An Ode to Seal.
Jan 22, 2018 • 88 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week’s book: If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor (Twitter: @jon_mcgregor) This week’s ‘flic’ - Black Mirror Season 1 - Fifteen Billion Merits This week: Rai has a new hobby. Alex is a Romeo.…
Hurtling All The Way Down
Jan 15, 2018 • 71 min
Welcome to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week’s book: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (Twitter: @johngreen) This week’s film: Bright This week the trio is a duo, but we’re still lit! Rai’s issue is a tear jerker as we say R.I.P to Harry Uzoka.…
The New Odyssey
Jan 8, 2018 • 96 min
Happy New Year and Welcome to the first episode of the year! This week’s book: Homer’s Odyssey This week the trio are back with a brand new episode for the year. Rai explores her obsession with Circe, Alex is doesn’t really like Odysseus and Derek…
Mostly Litmas! Christmas Reads, Resolutions and 2018 Goals!
Dec 25, 2017 • 51 min
Merry Christmas!! This week the trio are bringing you a Christmas message filled with love, laughter and books! What are you reading this Christmas? Which books remind you of winter? And find out what the trio got each other for Secret Santa! Rai isn’t…
Are You Free?
Dec 11, 2017 • 68 min
This week, the trio discuss Existentialism. Are you free? What does freedom look like to you? Also, we ask about Black ‘mediocrity’, is it valid? Rai is certain. Alex is unsure. Derek’s thinks it’s simple. Get involved! Don’t forget to tweet us your…
When Will You Grow Up?!
Dec 4, 2017 • 68 min
This week, the trio discusses Junot Diaz’s ‘Drown’, the new ‘Black’ Queen, Jay-Z’s confession and books to find your inner calm, and inner child! Adolescence… Rai wanted money. Alex wanted to escape. Derek wanted strength. Join them for their weekly does…
Getting Published ft. #WriteNowLive (London)
Nov 30, 2017 • 80 min
BONUS EPISODE: What a better way to end National Novel Writing Month, than to collaborate with Penguin Random House UK and WriteNow! Today we have an exciting episode in collaboration with Penguin Random House UK and #WriteNowLive. WriteNow aims to find,…
Black To The Future!
Nov 27, 2017 • 69 min
This week, the trio discuss Nnedi Orkafor’s ‘Binti’ and look at the ‘Africa of the Future, Stormzy’s apology and productivity hacks! Rai’s the star. Alex is kickstarting. Derek’s gassed. Get involved! Don’t forget to tweet us your thoughts on the books…
No More Mr. English ft Nikesh Shukla
Nov 20, 2017 • 69 min
This week it’s all about language and books that remind us of childhood stories and childhood voices. This week the trio are joined by author and editor Nikesh Shukla, as he discusses his books as well as writing habits and films! Alex is paying those…
This Is Love, I Guess?
Nov 13, 2017 • 81 min
This week, the trio discuss Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ and question theories of life. Rai’s being humble. Alex is doing it. Derek’s not on job. Join them for their new segment, stay tuned to find out what it is! Get involved! Don’t forget to tweet us…
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Nov 6, 2017 • 79 min
This week, the trio discuss what it takes to be a ‘good reader’. Rai says she’s impatient with it. Alex says he’s slower. Derek says he does it twice. Join them for their new segment, stay tuned to find out what it is! Get involved! Don’t forget to tweet…
Don’t Play With Demons!
Oct 30, 2017 • 55 min
Hello, and welcome to another episode of Ghostly Lit mwahahahah “What’s Your Favourite Scary Story!?! This week, we are discussing scary and thrilling stories Derek hears the Last Trump Rai cannot jump on the second wave And Alex asks ‘why are people…
Mostly Lit Live @ The Roundhouse
Oct 23, 2017 • 66 min
Mostly Lit Live @ The Roundhouse Welcome back to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week’s episode is a special one. It’s a recording of our live show at The Roundhouse’s ‘And Now What?’ Festival. Featuring an introduction from our faves ‘Two Fools…
Finding A Name For Myself
Oct 16, 2017 • 82 min
Finding A Name For Myself Welcome back to a new episode of Mostly Lit! This week we have an ACTUAL episode on feminism with Rai in the studio! Rai questions what role language and sexuality has. Derek doesn’t believe there are masculine or feminine…
Mama Can’t Find No Man!
Oct 9, 2017 • 72 min
And we’re back for a brand new season of Mostly Lit! This week, we are discussing literature from the ‘hood’ with a focus on Mama Can’t Raise No Man and The Good Immigrant. Derek found a new love in Afro-Futurism Rai has a great book for her women And…