Young SixSix Library

22 Feb 2023
Members of Young SixSix on the Bristol Old Vic stage with piles of books

Located in a nook in the Bristol Old Vic foyer you will find a free-to-use literary corner. For the people of Bristol curated by our Young SixSix company, it is in response to the underrepresentation of Black creatives in the UK's curriculums, theatres, publishing houses and beyond. This treasure trove is home to a wealth of amazing books, poetry and plays by Black writers from Britain and around the world.

Anyone visiting the theatre is welcome to read and borrow any of the works in the library for free, with no strict deadlines and no fines. We just ask that whoever borrows a book to enjoy, brings it back when they’re done.

By making these works available to everyone, the library aims to address the lack of representation of Black writers in our theatres, schools and media.

If you want to support this amazing resource and help us expand the collection, why not make a one-off or monthly donation to help keep the shelves stocked with incredible books for everyone to enjoy. Find out more about how you can do that below. 

We wanted to shout about Black creativity. We wanted to make something that would last. We wanted to make something useful for the people of Bristol

Young SixSix

A young Black girl reads a book in front of the shelves of the Young SixSix Library
Credit: Manoel Akure


If you would like to support the Young SixSix Library of Black Writing and help contribute to its ongoing catalogue, you can make a donation using the buttons below. 

Whether your donation is big or small, you'll be helping us to continue to amplify Black writing.


£3 donation will supply the library with a zine or short story, a £7.99 donation will provide a Paperback, a £16.99 donation a hardback, and a £100 donation will supply a whole shelf of literature!


If you'd like to contribute a number of books to the library throughout the year, please select from the below options.

A photo of the shelves of a well-stocked library. In view are titeles including Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez, Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo and Trumpet by Jackie Kay.
Credit: Manoel Akure

And if you'd like to suggest which books we buy with your money, you can tell us using the form below!

We currently stock the following categories: 

  • Fiction of all genres
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Plays
  • Children's books/Picture books
  • Non-fiction incl. autobiography, essays and more

About Young SixSix

Young SixSix is an ensemble made up of young people from across central and north Bristol offering a pathway into theatre for young people who may not have considered it before. 

Supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the company began in 2018 and immediately created a reputation for powerful, raw and honest productions with a political heart, tying their hugely creative work on stage to the world they live in.

Find out more about Young SixSix