Click the book covers for reviews and further info...

My Once Upon a Time
Published by Abacus (2000 / 2001)

"A writer of vibrant originality...This is a book that turns rhapsodic, exhilarating and poignant. Adebayo is a real find, and My Once Upon a Time a magical fairy-tale for our times"
Daily Telegraph

"Boasting all the vibrant wit, imagination and emotion of a true classic, My Once Upon A Time effortlessly blends past myth with future realism in groundbreaking-style. Adebayo has created a Pilgrim's Progress for our times."
Straight No Chaser 

Some Kind of Black

Published by Virago (1996) and Abacus (1997)

"Has the rare, incandescent energy of a story that's never been told. A classic coming-of-age tale...marks the debut of a serious talent."

"It is difficult to discuss the book without talking in terms of its uniqueness - and without resorting to superlatives...a tremendously rich, subtle and nuanced read."
The Scotsman

Ox-Tails: Air

Published by Profile Books (2009)


Channel 4 At 25

Published by Channel 4 (2007)


Underworlds - The Hidden City

Published by The Maia Press (2005)


New Writing

Published by Picador (2003)

A yearly anthology that showcase new UK and Commonwealth literature. Co-edited by Diran Adebayo

Sons and Mothers

Published by Virago (1996 / 1997)

'The Quality of Mercy' in 'Sons and Mothers'



A 'First Story' anthology edited by
Diran Adebayo

'Give Me My Wars' (story for BBC Radio, 1999)

'Cold' (story for Royal Festival Hall season, 1999)

'The Unknown Chef' (Story for BBC TV series 'Nightmare Exchange', 2000)

'Facing Leicester Square'. (story for BBC Radio, 2004)

'P is for Post Black' in 'Underwords', London short stories Anthology ('Maia Press', 2005)

Work in progress:

'The Ballad of Dizzy and Miss P'

Diran reads a section from his novel-in-progress - click here to listen

Some Kind of Black

About 'Some Kind of Black' - click here to listen
Dele and Andria in two spots of bother - click here to listen

My Once Upon A Time

About 'My Once Upon A Time'. On Old world black (African) versus New World Black, book covers and how to be a fetishist in two easy steps - click here to listen
Intro/ Outro. A mystery man - click here to listen
Outside da Club ('Ice-Cream') - click here to listen
Boy in the last-chance saloon (Music: Wu-Tang's 'Heaven and Hell') - click here to liste

| Novels |
| Related Activities |