A space where we would be free to be creative in our expression without necessarily having to mention 'the struggle'.
Onyx began as a dream in our founder's student bedroom in Oxford in 2017. Her vision was of a creative publication that would be filled with poetry, short stories, artwork, and fresh think pieces. It would be a publication that would unapologetically platform creative Black writers and artists whose work continues to barely scratch the surface of the publishing world.
Our founder, joined by Deputy Editor and previous Birmingham Young Poet Laureate Serena Arthur, reached out to expand and eventually successfully build the first Team Onyx; a dedicated team of eight young Black women all studying at the University of Oxford.
Over the course of two years, the team rallied to raise over £4,000, accumulate 88 pages of content, and publish 1,000 professionally printed copies of our first edition, I: DAWN.
I: DAWN was met with immense support at our debut launch event at the Oxford Foundry in October 2018, and was attended by over 200 supporters. Since then, our first edition has been distributed internationally to over 5 different countries, and across multiple universities across the UK. We have been stocked in Blackwell's and copies of our first edition reside in all 44 colleges of the University of Oxford, where Onyx was founded.
As early as the Second Dynasty Ancient Egyptians used Onyx to form sculptures and create beautiful pieces of artwork. Today Onyx exists as the creative medium that Black artists and writers can use to form and platform their voices. Our vision of uplifting talented Black creatives in academic institutions and the publishing industry has become
Launch our second edition, II: Stir
#MerkyBooks pop-up, Shoreditch
Onyx is invited to 10 Downing Street
Onyx is invited to Houses of Parliament
Team Onyx '19-'20
Official launch of Onyx Magazine's first edition, I:Dawn
Feature in The Cherwell
Team Onyx '18-'19
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