The Lit Collective Sheffield
is a book club in Sheffield created for young womxn of colour (14-18) to read books by womxn of colour.
Originally based in Broomhall, we currently meet online to discuss one poem, short story, novel or essay collection each month.
The team is made up of local community leaders, teachers and artists, who also work with the Broomhall Homework Club, Broomhall Girls Youth Group and Ellesmere Youth Project.
Although our team and resources may be small, our ambitions are not. We are determined to engage as many young womxn of colour in the literature that reflects their lived experience as we possibly can.
Our Mission Statement
It is vital that we read literature which centres womxn of colour and reflects our rich and complex identities, experiences, cultures and histories.
It enables us to better understand who we are, how we came to be and where we might go next. It enables us to reflect on society, examine its problems and imagine a better future. Just as importantly, it allows us to escape – together – into exciting new worlds and encourages us to create them for ourselves.
It is our view that schools, colleges and universities are depriving us of this opportunity. Core curriculum and standard teaching practice currently serves to minimise, ignore or distort our stories. It does not encourage us to connect with them.
The Lit Collective Sheffield was created as a response to this problem. It invites young womxn of colour to come together, in a safe and supportive space, to read and discuss literature exclusively by womxn of colour.
We hope that by doing this we highlight the full potential and power of literature to not only enrich and embolden our individual lives but also bring us closer together in the spirit of tender love and care.