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Living While Black

by Guilaine Kinouani

For the past 15 years, radical psychologist and therapist Guilaine Kinouani has helped hundreds of Black people to protect their mental and physical health from the harm of white supremacy. In this timely book, she brings together powerful case studies, eye-opening research and effective coping techniques from her anti-racist academy and award-nominated blog, Race Reflections, helping readers to:

  • set psychological boundaries and process trauma
  • protect children from racism
  • handle difficult race-based conversations
  • understand the complexities of 'Black love'
  • find connection, beauty and joy in the world

Living While Black empowers you to adopt radical self-care tools that improve day-to-day wellness. It teaches you how to thrive, not just survive and find hope - or even joy - in the face of racial adversity. It is also an essential anti-racist resource for allies who want to do better.

'Revelatory, necessary and brilliant'

Candice Carty-Williams, Sunday Times bestselling author of ‘Queenie


  • Age: Key Stage 5
  • Subject: English Language
  • Non Fiction Text: Living While Black
  • Author: Guilaine Kinouani

The five activities in this resource pack give KS5 students opportunities to engage with an unseen non-fiction text. There are activities for discussion, comprehension, critical analysis, structuring ideas and looking for descriptive and narrative techniques, using evidence. 

The activities in the resource pack are designed to be used alongside the videos below of author Guilaine Kinouani, who reads aloud the extract and also talks briefly about the book to provide context.

What's included in the resource pack?

  • Guilaine Kinouani context interview (video) 
  • Guilaine Kinouani extract reading (video)
  • Activities powerpoint  (aimed towards KS5 students)
  • Text extract (PDF)

How to use the pack

  • Make sure all students have access to a copy of the text extract as Activities 1, 2 and 3, will require students to have a print copy of the text extract to work from
  • Get your students to watch the video of the author reading the extract for Activity 3, and watch the author interview video for Activity 5

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