Esther Andare’s Blogs So Far

15th Jan 2021: Continuing the work of making the Arts diverse and inclusive

18th Dec 2020: Reflecting on our diversity conversations in 2020

30th Nov 2020: Show Us Our Culture

23rd Oct 2020: Black History Month – Celebrating Black Voices

UPDATED Organisations in NI and ROI that are doing amazing things!

Please note this is not an exclusive list – If you are aware of more, please email them to us!

Angelica Network


Belfast City of Sanctuary

Belfast Multi-Cultural Association

Beyond Representation


Black Culture Movement

Black and Irish

Bounce Culture

Diverse Youth NI

JoinHer Network

Migrant Centre NI

Origins Eile


United Against Racism

Esther’s Recommended Books for Black History Month


  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola
  • East of Acre Lane by Alex Wheatle
  • That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams


  • Black and British: a forgotten history by David Olusoga
  • Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • British: On Race Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
  • Tribes by David Lammy
  • Afropean by Jonny Pitts
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Recommended Articles

White People: Black authors are not your medicine by Yaa Gyasi

Eight mentorship schemes for POC

Racism in Northern Ireland: ‘Nobody born to be a racist’

‘Where are you really from?’ Growing up black in Ireland

Young and black in Northern Ireland

Blackwash – What it’s like to be black in Northern Ireland

‘There is a lot of hard work to be done’: How the art world can step up for Black Lives Matter

BBC Newsround: What is racism – and what can be done about it?

How black women were whitewashed by art

Books about Diversity for Children