You know, it’s nice to grab a quick bite when you’re on the go, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal (I’m thinking some ẹgúsí stew and iyán!) Similarly, it’s great that you keep coming back for these bite-sized tales filled with cultural flavour, but sometimes only a full length book will do to savour the real story of this country-hopping life journey. Below are some of the upcoming releases of my book projects, as well as a few previous ones.


Stained Glass Eyes: A Memoir on Race, Family and Multiculturalism

How much do you know about Scottish racism? As a Nigerian born in Scotland, this transformative memoir-polemic of growing up through unexpected adversity tells a universal albeit shocking story in a unique context across two generations in two Scottish cities.

The Book
: UK multiculturalism was a central theme of the 2012 London Olympics’ opening ceremony. So why just months before was my usually sunny friend Esperanza suddenly on the phone to me breathless; exasperated by the racism her young mixed-raced Spanish and Angolan children were experiencing at their Edinburgh primary school? But then again, as a Nigerian who grew up in Glasgow, I already knew the intense racial bigotry people of colour experience in Scotland. So with many of Esperanza’s stories of prejudice, discrimination and xenophobia matching my own a generation before, a new question formed: why hadn’t I warned my friend of all this before her young family relocated up north? Listening to her harrowing accounts, many dormant reflections on how racism manifests itself in our everyday lives came to mind, drawing from knowledge of my personal encounters as well as university studies. This includes new sociological ideas derived from psychology professor Dr William CrossNigrescence theory. There and then, I decided to finally delve into my own 1980s/1990s Scottish childhood stories of racism and multiculturalism. This resulting book is therefore what I wish my own parents had read before moving to Glasgow, and what I should have told my friends long before they moved to Edinburgh. It is also a wakeup call to Scots and beyond.

The book will speak to readers of award-winning autoethnographies/polemic-memoirs such as:
*Reni Eddo-Lodge’s ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
*Afua Hirsch’s ‘Brit(ish): Race, Identity and Belonging
*Akala’s ‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

However, whilst those titles are London-centric and contain more sociology than anecdote, mine expands beyond London and contains more personal history than sociology/psychology.

You can view an abridged version of entries (chapters) 1, 2, 3 of the book in 'Unlocking the Story - Part 1' here:

You can view the rest of the abridged version of entries 3, 4 by getting the 'key' for 'Unlocking the Story - Part 2' here.

Free Read: Is Stained Glass Eyes a book you’d be interested in? Why not decide by reading an extract for free? Use the contact form to send your email address and I’ll send you a free pdf of the first chapter. After reading, please write a review of what you thought of the story so far and share your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #SGEmemoir1. Also tag my handles on twitter (@abiodun_abdul01), instagram (@abiodunoa) and facebook (Abiódún Ọlátòkunbò Abdul). I’ll then send updates of the book's progression. When it’s complete, I’ll let you know it’s ready for pre-order.

After winning various poetry awards throughout childhood, I and still enjoy composing poetry focusing as ever on social justice and topics celebrating our common humanity, which have been included in various anthologies.

- The Other Side of Hope anthology 'Other Tongue, Mother Tongue'

- Québec UNESCO City of Literature audio anthology 'Multivox'

- NTU WRAP anthology 
Notes To Self

- Mystery Publications anthology Our Stories Redefined 

Peepal Tree Press anthology ‘Oluwale Now

- Peepal Tree Press anthology ‘Weighted Words

- Poetry Now young writers anthology ‘Squat Diddley

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