"I Will Not Be Erased": Our stories about growing up as people of colour

By gal-dem

Fourteen joyous, funny and life-affirming essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.

gal-dem, the award-winning online and print magazine, is created by women and non-binary people of colour. In this thought-provoking and moving collection of fourteen essays, gal-dem's writers use raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – to give advice to their younger selves and those growing up today. gal-dem have been praised by the Guardian for being "the agents of change we need", and these essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person. “A radical, beautiful, world-changing collection of writing that we all need to read.” Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406386370
  • Published: 06 Jun 2019
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 208

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'“[…] warm, personal […]”' The Guardian

'“Open-minded individuals will find plenty to admire, whether eye-opening parables on prejudice, or unexpected dollops of humour.”' Belfast Telegraph

'“A must for showing angsty teens another perspective.”' Culture Whisper

'“[…] a must-read. Funny, relatable, profound.”' Glamour

'“Original, smart and funny essays.”' i

'A radical, beautiful, world-changing collection of writing that we all need to read.' Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

'Each story is a message to the younger generation, reassuring them that they will, indeed, survive - and, often, thrive. This is a book every 14-year-old girl and non-binary kid should have in their school bag.' Diva

'This is a book every 14 year old girl and non-binary kid should have in their school bag.' Diva

'I Will Not Be Erased is a declaration of acceptance and self-love and has been described as “essential reading for any young person".' The Independent

'[…] life-affirming, moving and joyous collection of fourteen essays' Hello!

'Although more personal essay than short fiction, these stories – poignant, thought provoking, sad and funny on topics as varied as sexuality, power and family – are deserving of the widest possible audience.' The Independent

'Featured on Bustle.com in ‘What would Bernadine Read?’, a selection of books by Black British woman selected by Bernadine Evaristo.' Bustle.com

'Featured on BBC 5live in a discussion on ‘Eight books about race you need to read’.' BBC 5live

'Gal-Dem, a collective of women and non-binary people of colour, share this collection of essays, diary entries and poems in tribute to these formative years. A letter of perseverance to a younger self in crisis, this is a self-help manual for the lost and a battle cry for the strong.' Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself

'I like this book because it was honest and truthful' Teen Titles

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