As we celebrate Earth Day 2023, we would like to share an interview with Lesley-Ann Brown, who shares her experiences as an educator, what inspired her latest title Blackgirl On Marsas well as some titles she’s been enjoying of late.
1. When did you start writing Blackgirl on Mars, and what was the initial inspiration or questions you wanted to answer by writing this book?
2. You talk about your time in Denmark as a teacher there and your experiences of that time — can you explain how it felt to engage with students and the broader educational system from your perspective and what frustrations you thought at the time?
3. How can schools and colleges be genuinely more inclusive and progressive, and how can teachers help facilitate that?
4. You write about your family and your attempts to find a sense of home and belonging through your memories and relationships with them, as well as traveling to different ‘homes’ during the book. Could you tell us more about that journey and how you conceptualize ‘home’?
“As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
― Virginia Woolf
5. Which books most inspired this journey and your book?
6. What are you reading now?
You can purchase Lesley-Ann Brown’s new book Blackgirl On Mars on our site.