In Troubled Times

It’s been another while since I’ve blogged – partly because I’ve been moving house and that takes All The Time, and partly because the world is nothing but emotionally draining at the moment. The horrific events in Charlottesville and Barcelona are only the latest in the wave of terrible WTFery that 2016-17 have brought the world.

It has been hard to keep pushing forward, and I don’t have any solutions right now. But I do have a few reading suggestions that might help you gather your strength and wade back into the fight.

 

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

The excellent anti-hate group Southern Poverty Law Centre published a guide to ways to help in the face of actual Nazis marching the streets. If you’re feeling powerless, this is an important and inspiring read.

 

The Hate U Give

It is not even a small exaggeration to say that this is one of the most important books published so far in the 21st century. Angie Thomas’ Black Lives Matter-inspired story is essential reading.

 

The Good Immigrant

An anthology by some absolutely fantastic writers, this book explores racism, Othering, and other issues that have played an enormous role in the world going to hell.

 

Things are exhausting at the moment, but whether your actions are big or small, whether you’re marching or lobbying or just listening to marginalised people who are being harmed by far-right bigotry, they count. Don’t give up.

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About Alice Nuttall

Alice Nuttall is a caffeine-guzzling knitter who divides her time between Oxford and the various worlds in her head. She is the author of a YA fantasy novel, Spider Circus, and three webcomics, Footloose, Cherry, and Black Market Magic, as well as several short stories.
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