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Meet the multicultural millennials making reading cool again


IF YOU'RE looking for more diverse podcasts to listen to you, then Mostly Lit is definitely one to add to the line=up.

The Mostly Lit Podcast is hosted by a diverse trio who met on social media and has become one of iTunes 'Best of 2016' podcasts, introducing many guests and literary topics to its growing audience.

The hosts include 28-year-old Derek Wiltshire - who admits that he'd never read a book cover to cover until the age of 23. After a research methods lecture on the importance of reading, Wiltshire found himself perusing the English literature section of his university library, and there discovered D.H. Lawrence.

He stumbled upon Mostly Lit after having an argument with Alex Reads, one of two co-hosts at the time, about the literary merit of Junot Diaz’s “This Is How You Lose Her”, which subsequently led to him becoming a host.

The other host includes Rai, a 20-something East Londoner hailing from East Africa, whom as a key interests in post-colonial literature. She started her literary interest in the corridors of an east London school where she could not speak English and her first language was Swahili.

Finding comfort in books such as Elma the Patchwork Elephant, she learnt to read and speak the language that she would go on to further study at university - English Literature. “Mostly Lit has been one of my greatest achievements as I can bring my passion for literature and black culture together to get people 'thinking better' and being better.”

The third host of Mostly Lit Alex Reads, a professional journalist working in the media. The lack of opportunity in publishing led Alex to train as a reporter and become part of a diversity scheme. His passion for reading and writing came from years of fighting against the notion of 'doing what real boys do' and as such, kept his imagination alive by engrossing himself in works of fantasy, crime fiction and later poetry.

Through their individual journeys and shared passions for literature, the trio have come together to create the Mostly Lit podcast, and even branched out into doing live shows, with one taking place March 25 at Waterstones in Gower Street.

The posse hope to bring the laughs and conversation which have made their podcast so popular, whilst giving the audience a chance to ask the trio their perspectives on literature, pop culture, wellness and career live on air.

The Mostly Lit podcast hopes to reach people who are as interested in books as they are in pop culture, and in their wellbeing as they are in career and strategy, but most of all, they want to make reading 'cool' again.'

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