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Book Signing - Akala: Natives, The Paperback
Mar
25
5:00 pm17:00

Book Signing - Akala: Natives, The Paperback

Join us for an exclusive book signing session with Akala at New Beacon Books as he takes a short pause in his SOLD OUT Natives paperback tour to sign copies of his Best Selling Sunday Times book - Natives; now available in paperback.


The book will be available for purchase on the day at New Beacon Books.

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PLEASE NOTE: This ticket price does not include a copy or the book, or access to any other date/event scheduled on the tour.

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Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as the co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. With an extensive global touring history (including shows with Jay-Z, Nas & Damian Marley, M.I.A. and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express), Akala has appeared at numerous festivals both in the UK and internationally, and has led innovative projects in the arts, education and music across South East Asia, Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Akala has also appeared on Channel 4, ITV, MTV, Sky Arts and the BBC promoting his music and poetry, and speaking on wide-ranging subjects from music, race, youth engagement, British/African-Caribbean culture and the arts, with numerous online lectures and performances that have millions of views on YouTube.

More recently known for his compelling lectures and journalism – he has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the Independent and spoken for the Oxford Union and TEDx. NATIVES his recently published memoir is already a Sunday Times bestseller.

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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

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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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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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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.

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