Named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017, Mostly Lit is an award-winning books and pop-culture podcast, hosted by Alex, Raifa Rafiq and Derek Owusu - and managed and executive produced by Clarissa Pabi. In 2018 Alex, Raifa, Derek and Clarissa were named as part of the FutureBook40 a list of 40 game-changers and innovators within the publishing industry.
Hosted by Londoners Alex Reads, Raifa Rafiq and Derek Owusu, the trio chronicle the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, film/tv and pop-culture – all in a fun, irreverent and insightful way. The Lit in ‘Mostly Lit’ is a double entendre, delineating Alex, Rai and Derek’s passion for books whilst also signalling that their podcast is about much more than ‘literature for literature sake’ – it is about what things are cool, current, and interesting, and how, more often than not, books are a part of that.
Mostly Lit was started in 2016 by Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq and operates as an independently managed podcast via Clarissa Pabi. The podcast has received coverage in BuzzFeed and The Guardian and the team has worked with brands such as Waterstones, the BBC, HarperCollins, FutureBook and Penguin Random House. In 2018 Mostly Lit were chosen as judges for The British Book Awards for the Books Of The Year awards and won a Best British Podcast award.
One of the key aims of Mostly Lit is to deconstruct the image of the reader as ‘bookish’ and ‘solitary’. Through their pioneering podcast and social media they promote the message that anyone and everyone can be a reader and Mostly Lit strives to create more inclusive and diverse publishing and media landscape that also reflects that message. Listen here.