They say we must now be multicultural, but when you’re a middle class white lady . . .

Pigeon English

… just fake it? According to Stephen Kelman, yes! His Pigeon English (2011) took critics by storm and yet he did what we’re never this side of the Atlantic supposed to do — posed as a minority. Or, rather, his narrator did. He took on the guise of Ghanian street kids, and it worked!

See the article in The Independent. It’s interesting and yet also troubling. Most conferences I go to, folks insist I, they, the world of authorship “hasn’t the right” to take on a minority story. I am on the fence for myself, but I applaud Kelman for doing this, just like Chris Cleave did with Little Bee (which I adored).

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/sounds-of-the-street-how-authors-are-turning-to-slang-narratives-as-a-more-authentic-mode-of-storytelling-2231229.html