Updated: Sep 16
Hi there! My name is Gabriel Starkey, and I'm a young musician from Liverpool. The wonderful people at Maja's Education Project have given me the opportunity to write about my Audible Open Library project.
I set the open library up in May - it is a free to access Audible account with a variety of audiobooks, all centered around black history, anti-racism and the black experience. It currently has 10 audiobooks, and a new title is added every month.
In curating the library I tried to choose a variety of book genres and styles to make it approachable and accessible, ranging from fiction titles such as ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas, titles focused on historical analysis such as ‘Black and British’ by David Olusoga and ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ by Walter Rodney/Angela Davis, and more personal and monological non-fiction approaches such as ‘Natives’ by Akala and ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’ by reni Eddi-Lodge.
Currently there are over 40 people using the library, and the feedback I have received has been positive!! The most important things going forward are expanding the library and continuing to add great audiobooks, getting more and more people listening, and improving accessibility.
To listen, all you have to do is DM my instagram page (@gabrielstarkey) for the log in details and you can access the books! As long as you listen offline, and record where you are up to like you would with a normal book.
The books I have currently available are listed below! My current listening is 'How Europe Underdeveloped Africa'.
‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’ - Reni Eddi Lodge
‘Natives’ - Akala
‘Black and British’ - David Olusoga
‘The Good Immigrant’ - edited by Nikesh Shukla
‘Brit(ish)’ - Afua Hirsch
‘The Windrush Betrayal’ - Amelia Gentleman
‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ - Walter Rodney/Angela Davis
‘The Hate U Give’ - Angie Thomas
‘Afropean’ - Johnny Pitts
‘Homecoming’ - Colin Grant