Listen up! Idris Elba’s backed this new cultural podcast - and you need to download it now
We talk to the stars behind generation veX, a brand new podcast promoting the very best of BAME voices in literature
When Idris Elba puts his money behind a podcast, you will do well to prick up your ears. With all the audio shows hustling for attention on your subscription list, it can get a little overwhelming when picking what to listen to next. But this new name has got us pressing play.
Called generation veX, it’s hosted by three black West End actors who’ve got books on their minds – books by BAME writers specifically – in a bid to broaden the topics on our reading pile and boost our bookshelves with lesser heard voices.
If that doesn’t get you hitting the subscribe button, then let Idris Elba convince you. Yes, generation veX is sponsored by Green Door Pictures, a production company founded by the man himself. He says: “We are so thrilled to be supporting generation veX. At the heart of both our philosophies is a passion for underrepresented voices and stories. This podcast is the perfect way to bring attention to an exciting range of literary talent in Britain.”
From theatre stars to podcasters
Judging on the star cast, Idris hasn’t just banked on raw talent. The three presenters have bundles of show biz credentials between them, with all of them treading the boards at the biggest shows in London.
First up, Sharon Rose tops the bill at mega rap musical Hamilton (playing Eliza Hamilton no less!), Vanessa Fisher can be seen belting out songs in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Stephenson Ardern-Sodje is also singing his heart out in Hamilton. The fourth member of generation veX is writer and book marketing whiz Naomi Morris Omori, who’s not behind the mic but is a key founding member of the fab four.
Rose says: “I am so excited to be a part of the podcast generation veX, chatting about books written by people of colour. It’s so important to share the stories that we identify with and the books and guests we have in store for our first season are out of this world!”
A golden guestlist
Generation veX’s purpose is to explore issues which currently do not get enough air-time – race, identity, and belonging. The podcast comes at an exciting time. While figures of published BAME writers is depressingly low, publishing is pulling up its socks to address this – and there’s a boom of black talent just waiting to be read. Among the guests will be Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton. Writer and poet Derek Owusu who’s behind the anthology Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, and multi award-winning writer Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, who will unpack her new novel about identity and mental health, Starling Days.
The eight-part series started last month, and the first episode is available now!