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‘Not quite right for us’: the dismissive, casual disdain of the phrase will be all too familiar to anyone who has felt the sting of unjust exclusion, whether in the classroom or the workplace, at home or abroad. To mark ten years of ground-breaking publishing of diverse voices and experiences, Speaking Volumes have created an anthology of forty essays, short stories and poems – by turns wry, gentle, furious, humorous, passionate, analytical and elliptical – of new and established writers responding to the theme of ‘not quite right for us’.

To coincide with the inaugural year of our ‘Read the World’ Festival theme, we present a travel-themed snapshot of the anthology:

The idea of travel brings with it the promise of glittering, sandy beaches, adventure, holiday. But that’s for those who are able to come and go as they please: one person’s exploration is another’s exploitation. For many, travel has been ‘not quite right’ for centuries, bringing conquest and oppression, inequality and ecological disaster, prejudice and walls to keep out ‘the other’. Hear five authors’ takes on this theme, from a play by Gabriel Gbadamosi and a short story by Aminatta Forna to poetry by Michelle Cahill, Rishi Dastidar and Rafeef Ziadah.


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