The Essay | Malorie Blackman on The Color Purple
Based on The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman on how Alice Walker's novel ''The Color Purple'' legitimised her need to be a writer. She writes how the novel was ''about the triumph of the human spirit''. Reading it for the first in her early 20s it ''blasted open a door which I thought was locked and barred to me. Actually it blasted open a door which I didn't appreciate even existed. A door that could lead to a writing career of my own... this book and its author showed that it was possible for me to not only be an author but to have my own voice.''Tweet
Novels That Shaped Our World | A Woman's Place
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is another case in point - now seen as an icon of African-American women's writing, its reprinting was promoted by one of the most significant novelists of the last few decades, Alice Walker, author of the lacerating The Color Purple. The episode brings the discussion right up to date with a novel from 2019 by a black British writer and about a black British woman, Candice Carty-Williams' Queenie.
Front Row | The Color Purple musical
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramatist Marsha Norman discusses how she adapted Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple as a musical for the stage. The show is about to receive its British premiere.