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Your Silence Will Not Protect You

By Audre Lorde

A new collection of one of our most influential feminist teachers, Audre Lorde, with a preface by Reni Edo-Lodge that contextualises why Lorde remains as relevant to social activism as ever.

Writer, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. Audre published her first book of poetry in 1968 and was New York State Poet Laureate from 1991 until her death of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992. Lorde’s work is cited as some of the most influential texts by today’s activists, civil rights campaigners and advocates. Black, lesbian and feminist; the child of immigrant parents; poet and essayist, writer and activist, Lorde knew about multitudes and breathed intersectional analysis into her work. In this new collection of her previous essays, speeches and poems, there is a strong theme of the importance of speaking up. With its preface by by Reni Eddo Lodge, this is a core text for any person attempting to navigate the complexity of identity and equal rights in a white patriarchal society.