Martin Munroe is a former student adviser at Goldsmiths, University of London. A 2018 MA Creative Writing graduate of Royal Holloway (Distinction), University of London. In 2020 he won a CHASE PhD Studentship for his research proposal at UEA.
His novel examines themes of black male masculinity, class, colonisation, and family.
The creative project is inspired in part by the number of murders of black teenage boys in London and the rise of black churches in inner London. It is also a comment on the limitations and contradictions of black masculinity and black male sexual identity.
The critical project analyses constructions of black masculinity and black male sexual identity in selected literary works by black British writers. The critical engagement informs the novel and both benefit from research examining the negative and positive constructions of black masculinity dominant in contemporary US and UK society. Close readings of the novels will provide a detailed analysis of how black British writing has developed in the last 10 years especially with the rise of decolonisation and resistence to anti black racism.