African & Caribbean Mini Market - Christmas Special
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

African & Caribbean Mini Market - Christmas Special

New Beacon Books presents their end of year African & Caribbean Mini Market - Christmas Special.


A free event for the whole family showcasing products and services from African & Caribbean inspired businesses.

A market of stalls filled with unique gift ideas for the festive season.

The day will feature an array of stalls featuring clothing, handmade arts and crafts, toys, jewellery, toys and much much more.

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Black History Month: Our Black British History
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Black History Month: Our Black British History

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: OUR BLACK BRITISH HISTORY

Join Narrative Eye at New Beacon Books as we bring this years Black History Month to an end by exploring our collective experiences and achievements throughout Black British history. From early historic settlements; to our contributions in World Wars, and inventions that have changed our daily lives. This talk will show how Black British history is more than just a single story, it is an intrinsic part of British history.

An event not to be missed

Narrative Eye

Narrative Eye is an organisation dedicated to promoting equality and social change through education. We are dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by African and African Caribbean people in the UK.

We promote the rich cultural and historical contribution made by people of African origin in the UK, through publishing literary works and research, producing plays and films. Our work also includes delivering courses, workshops and seminars on topics such as history, literature, and cultural and social issues.

We are committed to creating new and creative ways that enables African and African Caribbean people to participate fully in society and increase their social mobility, prosperity and employability. We are committed to raising the level of cultural awareness amongst Black Britons to enable them to overcome their social exclusion.

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Black History Month: An intimate evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Black History Month: An intimate evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH LINTON KWESI JOHNSON

Join us for an intimate evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson as we delve into his life and poetry.

Come and hear from one of the UK's most noted poets who uses his own unique style to express his experiences of growing up in Britain in the Windrush era.

Refreshments and nibbles inclusive

This is a TICKET ONLY event

Born in 1952 in Chapelton, Jamaica, Linton Kwesi Johnson came to London in 1963, going to school in Tulse Hill and studying at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in-residence for Lambeth. He then worked at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art.

In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.

Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981, putting out the work of likes of Mikey Smith, Jean Binta Breeze, John Kpiaye and Dennis Bovell. He has worked in journalism and still regularly tours around the world with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band. He is also a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In 2003 Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship from his alma mater, Goldsmiths College, and in 2014 he was made a Commander of the Order of Distinction for outstanding and important services to Jamaica.

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Black History Month: Book Launch & Signing - Shifted Code By 13 year old Elijah Frederick
Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Black History Month: Book Launch & Signing - Shifted Code By 13 year old Elijah Frederick

Come and meet 13 year old Elijah Frederick as we celebrate the launch of his first fictional book; 'Shifted Code'.

Book synopsis

Bullied by Nathan and his friends, Tadeo was a tormented genius who was isolated and excluded by everyone in his class.  Through an unlucky pairing in class, a brawny Nathan and a victimized Tadeo would have to deal with the misery of working together on a computing project.

With Nathan constantly giving Tadeo a hard time and making very little effort, Tadeo is left to work on his own only to be sucked into the game they were creating for the project. Tadeo finds himself in a strange world where he learns a terrible truth about a blood curdling menace who has been reigning through fear and terror.


On the day:

- Hear what inspired him to write

- 'Shifted Code' inspired activity

- Q&A

- Reading 

- Purchase book and get it signed


For ages 7 to 11+.  All adults must be accompanied by a child!

Free but booking essential.  

Please do not RSVP if you have no intention of attending

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-history-month-book-launch-signing-shifted-code-by-13-year-old-elijah-frederick-tickets-50425809955

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Black History Month: The Story of The Windrush Book for Children - PARENT & TEACHER Guide
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Black History Month: The Story of The Windrush Book for Children - PARENT & TEACHER Guide

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE STORY OF THE WINDRUSH BOOK FOR CHILDREN - PARENT & TEACHERS GUIDE

Come and meet children’s author, Kandace Chimbiri, who will talk about her latest book, The Story of the Windrush.

Although the arrival of the Empire Windrush is considered a turning point in modern British history, there haven’t been many children’s books about this important event.  The Story of the Windrush is an engaging retelling of the historic arrival 70 years ago of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks. Perfect for children who love facts.

Meet the author and hear how best to utilise this information in the classroom or in the home.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase books on the evening and get them signed by the author.

Adults only

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-history-month-the-story-of-the-windrush-book-for-children-parents-teachers-guide-tickets-50679945080

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Black History Month: The Story Of The Windrush - Book For Children 7-11yrs
Oct
24
2:00 PM14:00

Black History Month: The Story Of The Windrush - Book For Children 7-11yrs

K.N. Chimbiri, The Story of the Windrush at New Beacon Books, 76 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3EN

Come and meet children’s author, Kandace Chimbiri, who will talk about her latest book, The Story of the Windrush.


Although the arrival of the Empire Windrush is considered a turning point in modern British history, there haven’t been many children’s books about this important event. The Story of the Windrush is an engaging retelling of the historic arrival 70 years ago of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks. Perfect for children who love facts.


Meet the author and book reading followed by a Windrush-inspired activity. There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by the author.


For ages 7 to 11. All adults must be accompanied by a child!


Free but booking essential. 

Please do not RSVP if you have no intention of attending

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Black History Month: Book Signing - The Alphabet & Numbers with Bella
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Black History Month: Book Signing - The Alphabet & Numbers with Bella

Come and meet children’s author of 'The Alphabet With Bella' and 'Numbers With Bella', books Lorraine O'Garro.

Aimed at pre-school aged children, the Bella book series follow Bella on an adventure whilst teaching the fundamentals of the alphabet and counting at the same time. Children are exposed to experiences that embrace the Caribbean and British heritage of Bella.

On the day:

- Meet Bella
- Book Reading with Author
- Mini Bella inspired activity
- Purchase books and get them signed

Lorraine O’Garro is the author of the books in the Bella series. Lorraine’s debut book, The Alphabet with Bella, was released in 2016 and made waves upon its release.

The most recent release, Numbers with Bella proved to be an instant hit – charting at number 1 in the Amazon, Children African Folk tales section upon release.

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL BE FILMED AND PHOTOGRAPHED FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES.

For more information about The Bella series visit: www.learnwithbella.com

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free but booking essential. Ideal for children aged 1 - 5 years old.
Please do not RSVP if you have no intention of attending

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African Spirituality in the modern age - A conversation with Dalian Adofo & Neferatiti Ife
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

African Spirituality in the modern age - A conversation with Dalian Adofo & Neferatiti Ife

Join us for an interactive discussion with Dalian Adofo & Neferatiti Ife as we explore African Spirituality in the modern ages..

In the book Ancestral Voices, Dalian explores the topic across millennia from the times of the Ancient Black Egyptians to contemporary practices on the Continent and in the Diaspora. Evidenced are striking commonalities in the spiritual philosophies and practices over time and space, showing they are derived from a common mind or source.
The book also gives practical advice and suggestions from various systems on how to cultivate an African Centred Spiritual life, so it is not just an essential piece of scholarly work to read but also an invaluable manual of instruction to have for cultivating one’s personal spiritual development.

Shine Your Divine Light by Neferatiti Ife is a mind body and spirit experience that offers unique perspectives to understanding the meaning of life. It combines ancient Egyptian/Kemetian information, psychology, personal development and channelling. Through these combined insights the book offers the reader a holistic view of self and how to heal self and becoming abundant in all aspects of life. Neferatiti's takes you on the ups and downs of her own personal journey interwoven with Ancient wisdom. For the first time Ancient Egyptian/Kemetian wisdom is downloaded to assist you in your practical life. The book considers the major milestones that affects each and everyone of us. You are taken on an adventure to explore relationships, self -esteem, self love, family issues, nature, the chakras and much more.

Dalian & Neferatiti will be discussing African Spirituality and how it can guide you in todays world.

Dalian Adofo is a freelance creative artist who works across a range of media; from graphic design to film and video. He has also been in the teaching profession for over 10 years and also works on a range of youth work initiatives, both locally in the UK and abroad. He has also written and directed personal shorts and exhibited his artwork.

Culture is a fundamental element which bonds communities together, without it we lose identity and self awareness. The importance of preserving such knowledge is key to retelling the story of Africa and its contribution to world history, in a manner that is free from colonial imposition.

Neferatiti Ife is an Author, Channeler and Healer. Over the last 9 years, she has developed psychic channelling abilities, connecting with Ancient ancestral beings as well as Light beings from the ethereal world. These communications led to the publication of her first book, ‘Conversations with the Blackman’s God’.

As well as being an experienced psychic communicator, she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Social Work and a Sociology Degree.

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Back to Black - A conversation with Kehinde Andrews
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Back to Black - A conversation with Kehinde Andrews

Join us for an interactive discussion with Kehinde Andrews about his new book 
Back to Black - Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century.

Author and educator Kehinde Andrews is one of the leading Black political voices in Britain. He is associate professor in sociology at Birmingham City University, a regular writer of opinion pieces for the Guardian, Independent and Ebony magazine, and editor of the series ‘Blackness in Britain’. He was part of the team that launched the first Black Studies degree in Europe, and is Co-chair of the Black Studies Association and of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity. He regularly appears on television and radio.

Back to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. Born out of resistance to slavery and colonialism, its rich past encompasses figures such as Marcus Garvey, Angela Davis, the Black Panthers and the Black Lives Matter activists of today. At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. Yet this Black radical tradition has been diluted and moderated over time; wilfully misrepresented and caricatured by others; divested of its legacy, potency, inclusivity and force for global change.

Kehinde Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition, and connects the dots to today’s struggles by showing what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century.

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Heart of The Race - A Conversation with Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Heart of The Race - A Conversation with Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe

Join us for an interactive discussion with Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe about their 
influential republished book Heart of the Race, its relevance and what it means for black feminists in the UK. 

The Heart of the Race is a powerful corrective to a version of Britain’s history from which black women have long been excluded. It reclaims and records black women’s place in that history, documenting their day-to-day struggles, their experiences of education, work and health care, and the personal and political struggles they have waged to preserve a sense of identity and community. First published in 1985 and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize that year, The Heart of the Race is a testimony to the collective experience of black women in Britain, and their relationship to the British state throughout its long history of slavery, empire and colonialism.

This new re printed edition includes a foreword by Lola Okolosie and an interview with the authors, chaired by Heidi Safia Mirza, focusing on the impact of their book since publication and its continuing relevance today.

Beverley Bryan is a founding member of the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent and recently retired from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, as Professor of Language Education.

Stella Dadzie is a founding member of OWAAD. Her career as a writer, speaker and education activist spans over forty years, gaining her an international reputation in her field.

Suzanne Scafe is an Associate Professor of Literature at London South Bank University. She was a member of OWAAD and the Brixton Black Women’s Group.

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Heart of The Race - A Conversation with Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Heart of The Race - A Conversation with Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe

Join us for an interactive discussion with Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie & Suzanne Scafe about their 
influential republished book Heart of the Race, its relevance and what it means for black feminists in the UK. 

The Heart of the Race is a powerful corrective to a version of Britain’s history from which black women have long been excluded. It reclaims and records black women’s place in that history, documenting their day-to-day struggles, their experiences of education, work and health care, and the personal and political struggles they have waged to preserve a sense of identity and community. First published in 1985 and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize that year, The Heart of the Race is a testimony to the collective experience of black women in Britain, and their relationship to the British state throughout its long history of slavery, empire and colonialism.

This new re printed edition includes a foreword by Lola Okolosie and an interview with the authors, chaired by Heidi Safia Mirza, focusing on the impact of their book since publication and its continuing relevance today.

Beverley Bryan is a founding member of the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent and recently retired from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, as Professor of Language Education.

Stella Dadzie is a founding member of OWAAD. Her career as a writer, speaker and education activist spans over forty years, gaining her an international reputation in her field.

Suzanne Scafe is an Associate Professor of Literature at London South Bank University. She was a member of OWAAD and the Brixton Black Women’s Group.

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Too Bigoman: The Black Women's Movement in Britain Revisited (FBF event)
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Too Bigoman: The Black Women's Movement in Britain Revisited (FBF event)

Too Bigoman: The Black Women's Movement in Britain Revisited 
Part of Feminist Book Fortnight 16 - 30 June 2018

Black women the world over have had a long history of struggle and resistance. Her strength has been seen as counter feminine, aggressive and underpinned by anger. She was accused of being 'too bigoman,' meaning bold and brazen by her elders when she displayed her
sassiness and confidence. The dominant feminist movement overlooked her experiences and later wanted her to choose between her rights and that of her brothers and sisters from
different classes. Black women in the UK organised to give voices to their many experiences, particularly in the areas of housing, employment, health and education.

This presentation revisits the period of activism that lead to the development of the Black Women's Movement in the UK. It will revisit the activism of Pan-Africanists Claudia Jones, Amy Jacques Garvey and Amy Ashwood, Black Panther Olive Morris and the founding
members of the Brixton Black Women's Group. With reference to seminal writings like Heart of the Race: Black Women's Lives in Britain by Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe, from Alice Walker on Womanism and Bell Hooks on Black Feminism. It will explore the negative perceptions of the 'strong angry black woman' that prevails, highlighting that the women activists in the UK movements were the 'bigoman' who used their strength and anger in the struggle against all forms of injustice.


About the Speaker: Dr Michelle Asantewa

Michelle Yaa Asantewa formerly lectured in English Literature, Editing and Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University and currently facilitates a range of writing workshops as an Independent Scholar. She co-founded Way Wive Wordz Publishing, Editing and Tuition services with Ateinda Ausarntu through which she has published her first novel, Elijah and The Awakening and Other Poems, Guyanese Komfa: the ritual art of trance, Mama Lou Tales: a folkloric biography of a Guyanese elder and Something Buried in the Yard.  

She is joint course Leader (with Tony Warner) of The Amazing James Baldwin Course and African Women Resistance Leaders: Spiritual and Political and facilitates the writing workshops It's Your Life Write, In Your Voice, Write It Tell It, Speak It and Eyes are Not Always Blue: The Art of Description.

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African & Caribbean Summer Market - Windrush Special
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

African & Caribbean Summer Market - Windrush Special

New Beacon Books presents their Summer African & Caribbean Mini Market. 
A free event for the whole family showcasing original & ethical fashion inspired by African & Caribbean culture.

Featuring clothing, accessories, jewellery, Arts & Crafts, homeware, natural health products, food and much more in our indoor and outdoor garden market.

Our Summer market will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Windrush with performances, stories and an open viewing of archive material from that time period courtesy of the GPI. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/african-caribbean-mini-market-windrush-special-tickets-45290579342?aff=es2

 

 

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Book Reading & Signing: Kechi's Hair Goes Every Which Way by Tola Okogwu
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Book Reading & Signing: Kechi's Hair Goes Every Which Way by Tola Okogwu

Meet The Little Girl Who Loves Her Beautiful Natural Afro Hair and Doesn't Care Who Knows it

‘Kechi’s Hair Goes Every Which Way’ tells the story of Kechi’s beautiful big hair and how her daddy has to make sure she gets ready in time for school.

 

’Mummy's away and it's up to Daddy to get Kechi and her hair ready for school. There's just one problem... he doesn’t know how! Fun and hilarity ensue as Daddy tries to tame Kechi's swirly-springy, fluffy-puffy, squishy-squashy, candyfloss curls.’


The 'Daddy Do My Hair?’ series was inspired by the relationship between author Tola Okogwu’s husband and daughter and is designed to challenge some of the perceptions and preconceptions around race, gender roles within parenting, bullying, friendships and relationships. These books have been an excellent way of encouraging diversity and inclusion from an early age – having children from all ethnicities enjoy the book makes an important impact on how children can identify with each other.

Bring the children along and join us for a read along with Tola Okogwu on Saturday 19th May at 1pm as we launch her third book. 

Tola's other titles include:

Daddy do my hair? Beth's Twists

Daddy do my hair? Hope's Braids


Tola holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has written for several publications including Black Beauty and Hair Magazine and Metro UK. An avid reader, Tola enjoys spending time with her family and friends around her home in Kent where she lives with her husband and daughters.

Tola Okogwu is a British blogger and author of the ‘Daddy Do My Hair?’ book series for children. Launching her third book in the series ‘Kechi’s Hair Goes Every Which Way’ in May 2018, Tola wants to tackle the relationship between young black girls and their natural afro hair in a vibrant, entertaining and educational way.

“For me it starts with teaching the next generation that they are beautiful just the way they are. By showing them positive representations of people who look just like them in the media, in the books they read and toys they play with. We live in a world where black people are often only shown in a negative light and that includes our natural hair and skin colour. For black people, hair is so much more than just what grows out of our heads. Along with our skin colour, it’s the biggest signifier of the differences between us and other races and for the longest time we’ve been made to feel that there is something wrong and unattractive about it.” – Tola Okogwu


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Creative Writing  - A Masterclass with Courttia Newland
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Creative Writing - A Masterclass with Courttia Newland

Creative Writing - A Masterclass with Courttia Newland

A master class headed up by reknowned author; Courttia Newland. The session will cover the key techniques to help develop your individual voice as a writer. 
The aim of this course is to foster a lively atmosphere in which discussion and the spirit of engagement create a supportive and inspiring environment. Explorations of technique, process and motivation form a large part of the course. As does reading.

Courttia;  "Having read all my life and found it a great source of pleasure, one thing had always bothered me - I never saw myself reflected in the pages of anything I read. This prompted me to write my first book and has kept me inspired to date! Telling untold stories keeps me alive".

Content

  • Learn advanced writing techniques such as characterisation, setting, dialogue, and more through materials, resources, and practical exercises

  • Short exercises to inspire ideas

  • Group discussions

  • Plot, structure and narrative

  • By the end of the course you should be beginning to find your voice: the material and style which belong to you; and you will have had the opportunity to write one or two short stories, or the beginning of a novel, in a space where you are taken seriously as a writer.

 

Tutor profiles

Courttia Newland 

 

Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction that include his debut, The Scholar.His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has beenoptioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, Then Frank O’ Conner award, The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Theatre 503 Award for playwriting as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including Best of British Short Stories 2017 and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2016 he was awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Busary for playwriting. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing.

 

Michael La Rose

Born in Trinidad, Michael La Rose is a director of New Beacon Books. He is a writer, researcher and lecturer on popular culture of the African diaspora. He has been researching the Carnival movement in Britain and has published: Mas in Notting Hill: Documents in the Struggle for a Representative and Democratic Carnival 1989/90 (compiler), Police Carnival 1989 (co-editor), The Gerald Forsyth Story: The lifetime journey of a pan legend in the steelband movement (editor), Carl Gabriel; Carnival artist. He has also written many essays on Carnival and most recently co-edited the young people’s educational publication The History of the Steelband.

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How to get your book published? - A Masterclass of Experts
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

How to get your book published? - A Masterclass of Experts

How to get your book published? - A Masterclass of Experts

You've written your book. After weeks, months, years, of writing it’s finally finished, and you’re ready to share with readers. But how do you get your work of art printed? How do you get your work published and onto the shelves of a high-street bookshop? Will the bookshop stock it? Will people buy it?

Come along to an evening of lively discussion around the world of publishing and book selling!

Our masterclass of experts aim to arm you with the information you need to publish your book and get it into book stores. Come along and tap into their knowledge, experience, advice and invaluable stories.

Some of the topics cover on the night include.....

Is book publishing dead?

Independent Publisher verses Self-Publishing?

Amazon/Create Space - Is this really the best platform for authors?

Revenue and margins

Marketing - People won't buy your book if they don't know it exists!

Q&A - your chance to get the answers to your burning questions

 

Our panel is made up of four amazing people whose experience in publishing will inspire and inform you. Here’s the lineup so far:

 

Expert Panelist

Margaret Busby OBE; Publisher, Editor, Writer and Broadcaster

Born in Accra in the Gold Coast to parents with roots in Barbados, Trinidad and Dominica, she became Britain’s youngest and first Black woman book publisher, when in 1967 she co-founded Allison & Busby with Clive Allison (1944-2011).

Busby went on to become A&B’s editorial director for 20 years, publishing a cluster of significant titles such as Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen, C.L.R. James’ The Black Jacobins, and George Lamming’s The Pleasures of Exile.

Though A&B did not exclusively publish Black authors, it was nevertheless a major catalyst for bringing the work of several writers from the African Diaspora to critical public attention. Other authors included Val Wilmer, Miyamoto Musashi, Michele Roberts, Rosa Guy and Andrew Salkey.

Busby subsequently became the editorial director of Earthscan, before pursuing a freelance career as an editor and writer.

Constantly in demand as a reviewer and obituarist, Busby is a frequent contributor to The GuardianThe Sunday Times and The Independent. She has worked regularly in radio and television, first presenting Break for Women on the BBC Africa Service and London Line for the Central Office of Information. She has also contributed to programmes such as Open BookFront Row and Woman’s Hour.

Passionate about women’s writing, in 1992 Busby edited Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent. She has also served as a judge for the Wole Soyinka Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is currently the Prize Ambassador of the SI Leeds Literary Prize and a patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

 

Crystal Mahey-Morgan: Founder & Publisher of OwnIT! Publishing

Crystal Mahey-Morgan began her career as a freelance journalist at the age of 16 writing for publications such as the Guardian and The Face Magazine. While still 16, she promoted a series of open mic events which were a fusion of hip hop and more conventional forms of poetry and was a performance poet herself.

At the age of 19 Mahey-Morgan became Marketing Manager for Raindance Film festival soon after embarked on a career within Publishing, firstly working as Literary Assistant at Peter, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD), then joining Random House in 2009 where she held several positions until leaving Penguin Random House asm Online/Digital Account Manager where she was responsible for managing digital retailer relationships with the likes of Apple and Google.

Mahey-Morgan resigned from Penguin Random House at the end of 2014 to realise a long held vision of bringing fresh voices and new stories to market in pioneering ways.

OWN IT! - a storytelling lifestyle brand across books, music, fashion and film - was founded which Crystal now runs with Creative Director Jason Morgan.


Valerie Brandes: Founder and Publisher of Jacaranda Books

Valerie has over 10 years book trade experience both in the UK and in the USA and is a proud graduate of the MA Publishing Studies at City University London. She left Profile Books to set up Jacaranda Books Art Music in 2012, feeling the need to explore publishing the kinds of books she longed to see and read but was having trouble finding. She bought her first title Fashion Africa in 2012 which was published in February 2014. Valerie is an ardent supporter of promoting ethnic and gender equality and diversity in the publishing industry. She is also on the committee for Fiction Uncovered.

Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd is a fresh and exciting new independent publishing house based in London. We publish adult fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, which cross linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries – books in many ways as cosmopolitan as our city.

Through our authors and books, we aim to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage that can be found in London, with a particular interest in works related to Africa, the Caribbean, and the experiences of those peoples in the Diaspora. We also seek provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues.

 

Michael La Rose: Publisher, Writer & Director of New Beacon Books

Born in Trinidad, Michael La Rose is a director of New Beacon Books. He is a writer, researcher and lecturer on popular culture of the African diaspora. He has been researching the Carnival movement in Britain and has published: Mas in Notting Hill: Documents in the Struggle for a Representative and Democratic Carnival 1989/90 (compiler), Police Carnival 1989 (co-editor), The Gerald Forsyth Story: The lifetime journey of a pan legend in the steelband movement (editor), Carl Gabriel; Carnival artist. He has also written many essays on Carnival and most recently co-edited the young people’s educational publication The History of the Steelband.

Doors: 6.30pm
Discussion: 7.00-9.00pm
Networking: 9pm-9.30pm

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African & Caribbean Spring Market
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

African & Caribbean Spring Market

New Beacon Books presents their Spring Mini Market.

A free event for the whole family showcasing original & ethical fashion inspired by African & Caribbean culture.

 

Featuring clothing, accessories, jewellery, Arts & Crafts, homeware, natural health products and much more

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Book Signing| Discussion | Q&A: La Petite Negress By author Shelaagh Ferrell
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Book Signing| Discussion | Q&A: La Petite Negress By author Shelaagh Ferrell

Join us, Shelaagh and friends as we explore her new book.

1772 La Petite courageously escapes slavery in Jamaica with her brother across the seas to freedom in England. They have no money, no contacts and no papers. How can they survive?

Hope is eroding but a carefree dance changes the tide. La Petite’s unique allure attracts a mysterious aristocrat who draws her into an elite partnership. When tragedy strikes, La Petite finds herself on the wrong side of the law. Heart pounding as she is forced to go on the run. Fearful and alone, unsure of who is friend or foe, La Petite needs her wits to survive her precarious ordeal that sees her on an action filled journey across the mainland, unwittingly getting deeper and deeper into seemingly irreversible trouble…

La Petite Negress is a lyrical adventure astonishingly written in verse but one would hardly notice. The characters are intriguing and the narrative page turning compelling.

Shelaagh Ferrell

Shelaagh is a British author of Jamaican and Guyanese parentage. She is also an actress, singer and film producer

 

 

SHELAAGH graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Drama Process of production from Goldsmiths College, University of London having first trained in musical theatre at The Arts Educational Schools, London. She has had a distinguished career working as a performer in Theatre and as an instructional trainer in education. She was mentored in screen writing by leading screenwriter Sam Snape whom she met while working as a performer on one of his productions and went on to work in collaboration with Sam Snape to co-ordinate the first full-time screenwriters’ laboratory at BBC Wales. The project was so successful it was repeated the following year. She turned to film production when she met producing partner Yvonne Deutschman with whom she set up their production company One Love Films Ltd with a company remit to focus on non-stereotypical diverse film making. Together they successfully produced the Jamaican themed movie One Love with Nik Powell as Executive producer. Part financed by the UK Film Council, One Love, written by the late Trevor D Rhone (The Harder They Come) directed by Rick Elgood and Don Letts starred, Idris Elba (Molly’s Game,Thor, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Pacific Rim, The Wire) Ky-Mani Marley (Shottas), Cherine Anderson (Dancehall Queen) and Vas Blackwood (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). One Love, first played at the Cannes Film Festival then premiered in Jamaica before going on to have a UK mainstream cinema release. In addition it has gone on to have DVD releases in France, Japan, Holland. Shelaagh has return to her native UK from the US where she was living and worked as an occasional actor and political and charity fundraiser. While in the US she single-handedly negotiated a US distribution deal for One Love. As a result One Love is available on DVD and all major online and streaming platforms in the US and was picked up by and broadcast on BET (Black Entertainment Television). As well as working as a producer for One Love, Shelaagh is credited as the lead script/story editor. She took up the pen to write herself in more recent years and is a gifted storyteller poet and lyricist. Her first published book/audiobook, La Petite Negress, an 18th Century historical fictional novel-in-verse with cover artwork by Neil Campbell Ross known as Tim Burton’s concept artist for Charlie And the Chocolate Factory and The Corpse Bride.Shelaagh has a specialist interest in 18th Century Black Britain and her article on the subject appears in the Jan/Feb issue of Jane Austin Regency World magazine. In 2018 Shelaagh was shortlisted for the Victoria and Albert museum (VARI) Artist in Residence.

Free Event: Tickets available on Eventbrite

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You Ain't Bout That Life - A conversation about Gang/Youth culture in the black community with Robyn Travis and Kevin Munga
Mar
17
4:00 PM16:00

You Ain't Bout That Life - A conversation about Gang/Youth culture in the black community with Robyn Travis and Kevin Munga

You Ain't Bout That Life - A conversation about Gang/Youth culture in the Black community with Robyn Travis and Kevin Munga

“Young black men were victims in almost a third of killings in London last year despite only making up 1.4 per cent of its population, according to figures that reveal rising knife crime. Afro-Caribbean males as young as 13 have borne the brunt of violence that reached its highest levels in a decade” The Times – Jan 30th 2018

On Saturday 17th March join us, Robyn Travis & Kevin Munga as we discuss their personal experiences expressed through the books ‘Prisoner to the Streets’, ’Mama Can’t Raise No Man’ & ‘Young Black Males Have Potential’ and offer potential solutions to a rising problem with our community.

Conversaion led by Paul McKenzie 

A crucial event for parents, youth workers and those genuinely interested in the future of our young boys.

 

Robyn Travis 

Robyn Travis is an author from London. In his first book Prisoner to the Streets, Robyn shared his  raw, honest, and moving account of growing up in Hackney and Tottenham. His journey of going from a young man caught up in London’s inner city “postcode wars”, to becoming a positive leader who turned his life around.


Kevin Munga

Kevin Munga is a community  activist who wants nothing but social change.Born in the northern suburbs of Paris in a small town called Sarcelles, he faced many battles in life and has had to make something from nothing. With a mother who was severely ill and a father living in another country, he did not have much guidance and that had an impact on his life. Aged 16 Kevin realised that in the area he grew up (Croydon), it was either you became part of a local gang or you become a victim, so he believed at that specific time that adhering to a gang was the right choice, although prior to that it was never his intention.

 

Paul McKenzie 

Paul McKenzie is the man behind the community voice box that is 'SOAPBOX'. A platform where ordinary people can have a voice about issues or subjects within their community via video on social media. Although Paul is heavily involved with Soapbox, he also works as a mentor in schools. Not only does he mentor children but he also trains teachers on how they can understand and work with the kids better.


NTRY:  Tickets available from Eventbrite with all proceeds going to the Manhood Academy & The Jimmy Asher Foundation

 

 

 

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Writing Books For Children - A Masterclass with Verna Wilkins
Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Writing Books For Children - A Masterclass with Verna Wilkins

Writing Books For Children - A Masterclass with Verna Wilkins

A master class headed up by Tamarind Books founder and author Verna Wilkins. The session will cover the key techniques for writing books for young children. Participants will be helped to transform their ideas into real stories fit for publication.

Whether you are already working on a story or you’re looking for the right moment to start that children’s book you’ve always wanted to write, this is an invaluable opportunity to find out about the world of children’s books and demystify the process of getting your books on shelves.

 

Content

  • Advice on how to unlock creativity, find your “inner child” and develop a distinctive writing voice

  • The process of collecting ideas and using them to create characters and stories

  • Key points on how to submit material to publishers and agents, what to expect during the process of being considered for publication and how to work on your writing with or without a publisher or an agent

  • Guidance on the key differences between children’s, “middle-grade” and young adult writing

  • Get constructive feedback on your draft stories and next step advice

 

Tutor profiles

Verna Wilkins

Verna Wilkins is founder of Tamarind Books and was Managing Director for 25 years. She is also the author of 30 books for children.
Verna was born in Grenada where her father was instrumental in introducing Caribbean History to a curriculum dominated by Britain's past. Verna worked as a Lecturer in English and Business for ten years before founding Tamarind and is the recipient of many awards for her contributions to children's literature. Verna believes that the early years of childhood are important in their own right, as well as being the foundation for later life.

Her main aims, as a publisher, are:

  • To put black children 'in the picture' in their early years' books

  • To represent disability unselfconsciously

  • To represent black and disabled children positively in classroom resources

  • To publish books which provide them with role models for success

She is an internationally acclaimed speaker whose mission is to empower children and carers of children for success. Verna has been made a Doctor of Letters on her work as a champion of children’s literature.

 

Biba Nabisubi

Being British Ugandan, she finds inspiration and pride in her dual heritage and enjoys capturing diversity through drawing.Biba graduated from the University of the Arts, in 2016 with an Illustration degree.

Biba then wrote her dissertation at Camberwell College on diversity—or lack thereof—in children’s picture books and ‘the importance of seeing yourself in print from a young age’. It solidified her desire to illustrate children’s books that are “inclusive and honest—without tokenising children.”

 

Michael La Rose

Born in Trinidad, Michael La Rose is a director of New Beacon Books. He is a writer, researcher and lecturer on popular culture of the African diaspora. He has been researching the Carnival movement in Britain and has published: Mas in Notting Hill: Documents in the Struggle for a Representative and Democratic Carnival 1989/90 (compiler), Police Carnival 1989 (co-editor), The Gerald Forsyth Story: The lifetime journey of a pan legend in the steelband movement (editor), Carl Gabriel; Carnival artist. He has also written many essays on Carnival and most recently co-edited the young people’s educational publication The History of the Steelband.

Tickets: Eventbrite

 

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Grenada Day @New Beacon Books
Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Grenada Day @New Beacon Books

This Saturday we’re bringing a little bit of the spice isle to Finsbury Park! To celebrate Grenada’s forthcoming 44th year of independence, we are having a mini celebration of all things Grenada. Come and purchase some books by Grenadian authors, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and arts and crafts!

We’ll even have bakes and coco tea on sale!

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-beacon-books-presents-grenada-day-tickets-42668549781?aff=es2

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Book Launch & Signing: The Frog and his Dancing Shoes by Tolulope Ogunmefun
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch & Signing: The Frog and his Dancing Shoes by Tolulope Ogunmefun

Tolulope Ogunmefun is known all over the world by his online social media name “Don’t Jealous Me”. He launched his YouTube channel in 2008 and it has been viewed over 41 million times. He has been entertaining fans for over a decade, both young and old, with hilarious comedy sketches and vlogs. 

Inspired by what many parents told him about how he made their children so happy and also by the birth of his own daughter, he decided he wanted to do something for his younger fans – write a children’s book! A book which was entertaining but also taught young children good morals. This lead to him writing The Frog and his Dancing Shoes and there are limited copies available NOW for you to buy for a young loved one this Christmas! 

The Frog and his Dancing Shoes is a 40 page picture book about a frog who has a special talent for dancing and entertaining his friends with his dancing shoes. One friend is jealous and plans a sneaky trick to take the shoes away from the frog. Through patience and kindness, the frog teaches his friends the importance of recognising and celebrating talents in this cheerful story about sharing, forgiveness and friendship.

Join the Frog in the park as he twirls and dances his way into your heart with valuable lessons about jealousy, the dangers of taking things that don’t belong to you and why helping others is fun and uplifting.

Tolu will be launching his book at the world-famous New Beacon Books and he would love to you to bring your young children to take pictures and get signed copies of the book. 

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Mini Black Market - Christmas Special
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Mini Black Market - Christmas Special

New Beacon Books presents their final market for 2017

Mini Black Market - Christmas Special 

As part of our bid to prolong the life of New Beacon Books and feed back into the community, we would like to present our fourth Mini Black Market - The Christmas Special.

Two floors of beautiful and unique products, perfect for the festive season.

Free entry

This is a mini market - with a select number of vendors at each market.

Come and have a browse through; Clothing & Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Health & Well being products and more.

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mini-black-market-christmas-special-tickets-39649180767?aff=ehomecard

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Book Signing & Talk: The Naked Truth About Having A Baby with Jernine Russell
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Book Signing & Talk: The Naked Truth About Having A Baby with Jernine Russell

Join us as we discuss 'The Naked Truth About Having a Baby' with debut author, Jernine Russell 

The Naked Truth About Having A Baby is a new book which depicts a heartfelt, personal account of a young woman's emotional roller coaster journey into motherhood.

It's often said that having a baby should come with a manual, but this isn't one of those. Instead, the author gives an honest and open account of some of the pivotal stages of the transition into motherhood. She delves into the feelings and emotions that all new mothers go through, but rarely, truly speak of. From pregnancy to bringing baby home, to baby weight, to childcare, she tackles it all, candidly but with compassion.

Jernine is a mother of three and on a journey of re-discovering herself. She has spent the past 15 years working with disadvantaged and disenfranchised young people as a youth worker, then with both young and adult offenders as a probation officer. After a tough transition into motherhood in 2007, she felt compelled to share her thoughts and feelings with other first time mothers using one of her many skills: writing.

Fear, self-doubt and more babies meant that it took her 10 years to complete her first book. Despite the arduous task of juggling motherhood, a husband and a challenging job, she persevered to get it to publication, and along the way founded the company She Reigns. She Reigns’ core values are to empower, uplift and encourage others to reach their potential and realise their dreams.

Starting 7pm sharp

Tickets 

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Self Made: Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole Signing
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Self Made: Bianca Miller-Cole and Byron Cole Signing

Are you an entrepreneur, aspiring entrepreneur, intrigued by entrepreneurship, working on a project within your organisation, looking to network with movers and shakers, or do your simply have a great idea but you are not sure what to do with it? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you are invited to join us in the Launch of “Self Made” Book in association with New Beacon Books for an evening of networking, comments from Authors Byron and Bianca and a Q & A Panel featuring, Oliver from Trademark Wizards (Trademark lawyer), New Beacon Books, Byron Cole and Bianca Miller-Cole

Bianca Miller-Cole is the hugely successful entrepreneur and finalist from The Apprentice 2014 who went on to major business success, founding The Be group and hosiery brand, Bianca Miller London. She is an in-demand public speaker and was awarded a Power Profile by Linked in 2016.

Byron Cole is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and mentor to entrepreneurs and students. He runs the BLC Group, an umbrella company that look after his many business interests.

And together they have written

SELF MADE :The Definitive Guide to Business Startup Success

Is a comprehensive toolkit for anyone who wants to make a success of running their own business. Featuring interviews with well-known entrepreneurs, entertainers and industry experts, the book covers every tier of the business development process, from start-up to exit, offering practical, implementable and global advice on the start-up process.

De-coding the jargon that is prevalent in business circles today, this book provides straightforward advice on converting an innovative business concept into a commercially viable proposition. It will help you to avoid the costly common mistakes of many who have gone before you, and create a sustainable enterprise that will flourish.

Tickets:

FREE: Includes Entry, welcome drink, unreserved seating. 

Extreamly Limited VIP Gold Ticket: £14.99: Includes a signed copy of the book, reserved priority seating and welcome drink on arrival.

LIMITED LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE DON'T MISS OUT!!!

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Strangers at the Gate, with James Omolo
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Strangers at the Gate, with James Omolo

Join self-published writer, broadcaster, lecturer and activist James Omolo as he brings his novel Strangers at the Gate: Black Poland to the UK for the first time. The Kenyan-blooded Omolo has resided in Poland for a number of years, and has used his time there to collate his unique experiences in this fresh take on the black experience in Europe.

Hosted by the UK's first publisher of literature of black writers, New Beacon Books, Omolo will be conducting an intimate reading of his book and will be in discussion with Malakai Sargeant throughout the evening, talking all things displacement, documentation and diaspora. The evening will also feature two special performances from guest London-based performance poets Anita Barton-Williams and Gemma Weekes, with sets responding to the theme "strangers at the gate".

Out of all the events celebrating blackness throughout October 2017, this is one not to be missed – and is completely free of charge. Get your tickets now, and get your discounted copy of the book on the night.

JAMES OMOLO: James Omolo studied in Kenya, India and Poland. He is the founder of Africa Connect Foundation, a radio host at Imiradio and an activist on Human Rights related issues affecting People of African Descent. He has previously lectured at numerous academic instutions, including at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS), Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Training on ‘Africa Business and Beyond’. He has also contributed to publications in local academic journals.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strangers-at-the-gate-with-james-omolo-tickets-38331484502?aff=es2

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Mini Black Market - Black History Month Special
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Mini Black Market - Black History Month Special

As part of our bid to prolong the life of New Beacon Books and feed back into the community, we would like to present our third Mini Black Market.

Our aim is to give a select number of entrepeneurs and small business owners, an opportunity/platform to sell their goods & services plus make links and network with other people in the community at each event.

Our next event will be held on Saturday 21st October from 11am - 6pm.
Free entry

This is a mini market - with a select number of vendors at each market.

Come and have a browse through; Clothing & Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Jewellery, Health & Well being products and more.

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mini-black-market-tickets-38138227465

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The life & times Laurie Cunningham - Discussion & book signing
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

The life & times Laurie Cunningham - Discussion & book signing

The life & times Laurie Cunningham - Discussion & book signing

Come and hear the story of Laurie Cunningham, pioneering black British footballer,  London soul boy and dancer.

Cunningham's biographer, Dermot Kavanagh will be discussing his life with his friends and team mates from his teenage years on what promises to be a trip down memory lane of one of Britain's black sporting icons.  

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Book Launch - Margaret Stevens - Red International and Black Caribbean: Communists in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch - Margaret Stevens - Red International and Black Caribbean: Communists in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939

This is the history of the black radicals who organised as Communists between the two imperialist wars of the twentieth century.  It explores the political roots of a dozen organisations and parties in New York City, Mexico and the Black Caribbean, including the Anti-Imperialist League, and the American Negro Labour Congress and the Haiti Patriotic League, and reveals a history of myriad connections and shared struggle across the continent.  

 

This book reclaims the centrality of class consciousness and political solidarity amongst these black radicals, who are too often represented as separate from the international Communist movement which emerged after the Russian Revolution in 1917. Instead, it describes the inner workings of the ‘Red International’ in relation to struggles against racial and colonial oppression. It introduces a cast of radical characters including Richard Moore, Otto Huiswoud, Navares Sager, Grace Campbell, Rose Pastor Stokes and Wilfred Domingo.   

 

Challenging the ‘great men’ narrative, Margaret Stevens emphasises the role of women in their capacity as laborers; the struggles of peasants of colour; and of black workers in and around Communist parties.

 

Margaret Stevens is Professor in the Department of History at Essex County College in Newark. She is a contributor to the volume Communist Histories, Volume 1(LeftWord, 2016) and the author of Red International and Black Caribbean (Pluto, 2017).

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The Red Dress Ball
Sep
30
to Oct 1

The Red Dress Ball

MMCo Emporium is an interactive, multi-zoned Ball held in one of London’s finest and oldest mansion house.  It’s décor reflects the classical Victorian elegance prevalent at the time the venue was built.

Spread over three floors the Emporium will provide each guest with a different experience.

7 rooms, 3 floors and 1 amazing experience

Enjoy the music in the main Ball room by

  • Mr Marlon
  • PD Coolie, Knight Ravers
  • Cass Manhattan and
  • Roy Medallion

with live PA by Camara Fearon, UK UNSIGNED’s Song for Jamaica Runner Up and Special Guests.

Soak up the Latin vibes and brush up your salsa moves in the Let’s Go Salsa Lounge with music by Salseology.

Chill out in the VIP Champagne and Jazz Lounge or laugh until you cry in the Comedy Store and Wine Bar.

Be uplifted in the Urban Arts Lounge and take in a show and see up and coming talent in the UK UNSIGNED Room

New Beacon Books will be treating MMCo Emporium guests to a literary banquet of African & Caribbean books, Arts, Crafts and special guests from the creative world of literature.

Come and have a unique shopping experience featuring:

  • Wide selection of Fiction & Non – Fiction books from authors likes; James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, W.E.B Du Bois,& Robin Walker
  • Children’s Books
  • Handmade African & Caribbean inspired Arts & Crafts 
  • Book signings
  • Book readings

Come and savour a slice of New Beacon history – a beacon for the UK’s Black community, and those interested in the African Caribbean literary world.

Dress code: Ladies - Red Dress, Evening dress or Ball gown
Dress code: Gentlemen  - Black Tie

Tickets available instore from New Beacon Books or https://mmco-emporium.com/tickets/

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