It's nearly that time again - Black Book Swap is next week, Saturday 14 March. We shall be in the newly converted former library at Clapham. It is called Clapham Omnibus. We shall be starting sharp at 12.
We are delighted to be bringing you our 7th line-up of exciting authors - see the full list below. In addition to hearing from the authors, there will be the opportunity to network with like-minded readers, swap books, purchase books for sale or treat yourself from the small black-owned businesses who will be with us on the day. .
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The full list of BBS7 authors:
Chimaechi Allan, educator, read English Literature at Cambridge and worked for the multi-cultural book publishers Tamarind Books (a Random House imprint) and Amazon.co.uk.
A funny thing happened in Lagos: While on holiday from publishing multicultural children’s books in London, Chimaechi Allan discovered a bookshop with no books featuring African children. After this she founded Kio Global, a company that would join the dots and distribute multicultural and multilingual children’s books all over the world. Since then, Chimaechi has presented at various education conferences and run workshops in schools in West Africa. While wedding planning in 2014, a talking lizard took Chimaechi on a journey through wedding traditions around the world. She wrote down what he said. The Wedding Week, published in March 2015, is Chimaechi’s first book.
Follow Chimaechi @KioGlobal
Amanda Epe released her debut travel book A Fly Girl in November 2014, about life as a black British Airways flight attendant. Her first reading of A Fly Girl took place at the Houses of Parliament at a UN Women Event Celebrating Gender Equality in January. She is a shortlisted nominee for the Woman4Africa Awards Author of 2015. Her previous publications include being a co-author for 7 anthologies where much of her writing is inspirational women writing. She blogs at Ms Rose Blossom a site to promote health and literature for women.
Follow Amanda @msroseblossom
Frances Mensah Williams is the Chief Executive of Interims for Development Ltd., an award-winning UK-based Human Resources, Careers and Training consultancy for Africa, and the Publisher and Managing Editor of ReConnect Africa.com, a careers and business website and online publication for African professionals in the Diaspora.
With over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources Management, Training and business consultancy in both the UK and Africa, Frances is also a successful Executive Career Coach, working with clients across a range of sectors as well as with professionals seeking careers in Africa. She has chaired policy development committees and forums and has spoken and written widely on skills development in Africa and harnessing the talents of the African Diaspora.
She is the recipient of several awards and, in 2011, was nominated as one of the Top 20 Inspirational Females from the Africa Diaspora in Europe. She is the author of the books ‘Everyday Heroes – Learning from the Careers of Successful Black Professionals’ and ‘I Want to Work in Africa: How to Move Your Career to the World’s Most Exciting Continent.’ Her forthcoming debut novel, ‘From Pasta to Pigfoot’ will be published by Jacaranda Books in May 2015.
Follow her at: @ReConnectAfrica
Alex Wheatle (MBE) is an award winning black British Novelist of Jamaican heritage, born in 1963 who spent much of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. At 16, he was a founding member of the Crucial Rocker sound system; his DJ name was Yardman Irie. He wrote lyrics about everyday Brixton life and spent a short stint in prison following the 1981 Brixton riots. Following his release from prison, he continued to write poems and lyrics, becoming known as BrixtonBard.
Alex appears regularly on BBC1’s The One Show and the radio. He facilitates creative writing classes in various institutions, holds workshops in prisons and is frequently invited to schools to speak to students, inspiring them by his passion for literature. He is a member of English PEN and in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours was awarded the MBE for services to Literature. He wrote and performed Uprising, a one-man play based on his own life at the Tara Arts Studios in London. In 2011, he took Uprising on tour and performed at different venues around the UK.
Alex's debut novel, Brixton Rock, received the London Arts Board New Writers Award in 1999. It was later adapted for the stage and performed at the Young Vic in July 2010. Six more novels, East of Acre Lane, The Seven Sisters, Island Songs, Checkers, The Dirty South and Brenton Brown followed, all highly praised.
His first Young Adult novel, Liccle Bit was published this week. The story is about one boy’s journey of redemption, love, family and trying to hold your head up. We are looking forward to hearing Alex’s Desert Island Books.
Follow Alex @BrixtonBard
We look forward to seeing you next Saturday.