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Join Alex Reads, Raifa, and Derek Owusu, in their journey to keep up with the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture. Tune in weekly as they discuss everything that is ‘lit’ in a fun and ...Show More
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The Other Side of Freedom ft Deray McKesson

58:39 | May 6th

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, Bl...Show More
You Got Served!: Spring Reads, London Buses and Dracrys

2:07:25 | Apr 29th

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 chal...Show More
#WorldBookNight ft Tomi Adeyemi

36:53 | Apr 22nd

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...Show More
It's Queenie! ft Candice Carty-Williams

59:52 | Apr 15th

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...Show More
Minisode: Not Just A Black, Muslim Woman by Raifa Rafiq for It's Not About The Burqa

09:30 | Apr 8th

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-ho...Show More
How Far Would You Go For Your Sibling?

1:46:45 | Apr 1st

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 ...Show More
Minisode: What's In A Name? By Alex Reads, for #SAFE

08:42 | Mar 11th

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 #UsManAre...Show More
White Saviourism? Not My Situation.

1:31:33 | Mar 4th

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 ...Show More
God Stays Petty

1:41:10 | Feb 25th

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 Midnig...Show More
OH MY GODS ft Alexandra Sheppard

1:27:00 | Feb 18th

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 o...Show More
Schoolin' Life: Ageing and Loving

1:41:29 | Feb 11th

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 b...Show More
Happy New NEW Year!

2:11:17 | Feb 4th

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 SUBSCRIB...Show More
Winter Reads (Part 1): Heaven, Memories and Dem Man In Dubai

1:28:55 | Nov 26th, 2018

Welcome back to Mostly Lit! This week, we introduce our NEW SEGMENT! We also wind up for the year with Part 1 of our Winter Reads, with Part 2 dropping next week. We discuss heaven, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, boycotting Dubai and whether we would e...Show More
The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival: Podcast-In-Residence 2018

57:34 | Nov 12th, 2018

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 o...Show More
Mostly Lit Live @ BFI: Get Out

1:14:28 | Nov 5th, 2018

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! -------------------------------------------------------...Show More
Did You March, though?: Washington Black, Zamunda and Revolution

1:09:48 | Oct 29th, 2018

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 Bl...Show More
Mostly Lit Live ft Lenny Henry at Cheltenham Lit Fest

1:07:20 | Oct 15th, 2018

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! Rem...Show More
Their Eyes Were Watching Who Now?: Massages, Rise Up and Tea Cake

1:10:52 | Oct 8th, 2018

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...Show More
Oscar's Brief Life

1:10:03 | Oct 1st, 2018

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! -----...Show More
Who's Got The Power? - Live From London Pod Fest

56:29 | Sep 24th, 2018

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...Show More
No Man Is An Island

59:53 | Sep 17th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The Many Faces of Jay Gatsby

1:06:32 | Sep 10th, 2018

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! -------------...Show More
Autumn Reads? No Problem, No Problem!

1:06:30 | Sep 3rd, 2018

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 - ...Show More
Kissing Palms?

1:30:17 | Aug 20th, 2018

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! ---------------...Show More
Can You Be Black And...

1:24:07 | Aug 13th, 2018

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...Show More
Your Wealth Has Increased!

1:25:46 | Aug 6th, 2018

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!...Show More
Be True. Be Ravenclaw.

1:30:53 | Jul 30th, 2018

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! Remembe...Show More
Glory Be To Gawd

1:22:47 | Jul 23rd, 2018

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! ----------...Show More
Mandela Forever ft Ndaba Mandela

44:02 | Jul 15th, 2018

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 grandfathe...Show More
Self Reliance.

1:15:26 | Jul 9th, 2018

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! -------------------------------------...Show More
All About Love

47:53 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 Ab...Show More
The Multi-Hyphenates ft Emma Gannon

1:02:03 | Jun 25th, 2018

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 an...Show More
Oh My God, Becky?! ft Gabourey Sidibe

1:09:34 | Jun 18th, 2018

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 cou...Show More
Your Utmost Happiness ft Arundhati Roy

59:03 | Jun 11th, 2018

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 t...Show More
The Terrible ft Yrsa Daley-Ward

59:37 | Jun 4th, 2018

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...Show More
We Are Home

1:43:53 | May 28th, 2018

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 rev...Show More
The Hidden Figure

50:00 | May 14th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Dry Cries And Thanos

1:13:04 | May 7th, 2018

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! --------------------------------------------------------...Show More
Mostly Pirate! Ft Sam Conniff

1:28:11 | Apr 30th, 2018

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 epi...Show More
Delete Tweets? I'd Prefer Not To.

1:14:00 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Mad And Furious ft Guy Gunaratne

1:15:30 | Apr 16th, 2018

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 a...Show More
Learning From a Scholar ft Courttia Newland

1:25:22 | Apr 9th, 2018

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! Musi...Show More
Spring Reads!

1:18:23 | Apr 2nd, 2018

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 -------------------------------------------------------...Show More
Stay With Me ft Ayobami Adebayo

1:02:14 | Mar 26th, 2018

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 fi...Show More
In The Cut ft Inua Ellams

1:30:11 | Mar 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Black Lives Matter ft Patrisse Khan-Cullors

58:00 | Mar 12th, 2018

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...Show More
Women Are Mad, Men Are Crazy ft Azryah

1:11:18 | Mar 4th, 2018

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 aspect...Show More
The Pieces of Me ft Aimee Felone

1:41:32 | Feb 26th, 2018

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...Show More
Are You Done?

1:27:49 | Feb 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Mostly Lurrrveeee

1:21:24 | Feb 12th, 2018

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 Bot...Show More
Home Fire In The Booth!

1:14:55 | Feb 5th, 2018

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...Show More
"Rooting For Everybody Black"

1:09:59 | Jan 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Don't Wanna Get This Baaabaay! An Ode to Seal.

1:28:25 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Hurtling All The Way Down

1:11:31 | Jan 15th, 2018

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 H...Show More
The New Odyssey

1:36:13 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 De...Show More
Mostly Litmas! Christmas Reads, Resolutions and 2018 Goals!

51:23 | Dec 25th, 2017

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! R...Show More
Are You Free?

1:08:29 | Dec 11th, 2017

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 ...Show More
When Will You Grow Up?!

1:08:10 | Dec 4th, 2017

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 wee...Show More
Getting Published ft. #WriteNowLive (London)

1:20:45 | Nov 30th, 2017

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...Show More
Black To The Future!

1:09:11 | Nov 27th, 2017

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 th...Show More
No More Mr. English ft Nikesh Shukla

1:09:43 | Nov 20th, 2017

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 th...Show More
This Is Love, I Guess?

1:21:09 | Nov 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More
What Kind of Reader Are You?

1:19:27 | Nov 6th, 2017

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 for...Show More
Don't Play With Demons!

55:16 | Oct 30th, 2017

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 peop...Show More
Mostly Lit Live @ The Roundhouse

1:06:39 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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 T...Show More
Finding A Name For Myself

1:22:34 | Oct 16th, 2017

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 femini...Show More
Mama Can’t Find No Man!

1:12:52 | Oct 9th, 2017

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 ...Show More