Twine / Canopy Reading List

If you’d like to dig deeper into the themes and context of our current work, we’ve pulled together the list below for you to explore. 


Essays and Theory 

Dorothy Roberts – Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families

Sophie Anne Lewis – Abolish the Family 

Jacqueline Rose – Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty 

bell hooks – all about love

The Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain – Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, Suzanne Scafe


Novels/In Between Texts

Toni Morrison – Beloved

Mieko Kawakami – Breasts and Eggs

Lola Olufemi – Experiments on Imagining Otherwise 

Hannah Black – Tuesday or September or The End 


Poetry and Plays

Warshan Shire – Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head

Caryl Churchill – Vinegar Tom

Complete Works of Adrienne Kennedy

Complete Works of Marita Bonner



Spotify Playlist




Petite Maman (2021, Celine Sciamma)

Finding Christa (1991, James Hatch, Camille Bilops)

The Kid (1921, Charlie Chaplin)

Ernest and Celestine (2012, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar,  Benjamin Renner)

Second Coming (2014, debbie tucker green)

Black Mother (2018, Khalik Allah)

Born in Flames (1983, Lizzie Borden)


Becoming Male in the Middle Ages (2022 Isadora Neves Marques)

Suzanne, Suzanne ( 1982, James Hatch, Camille Bilops)

Katatsumore (1994, Naomi Kawase)


Prepared by Selina Thompson (Writer/Artistic Director) 

June 2024