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Scholarship

The Malorie Blackman Scholarships for ‘Unheard Voices’

City Lit’s Malorie Blackman Scholarships for Unheard Voices provide three annual awards worth up to £1000 each.

Achievement Award

John Agard is the first poet to win BookTrust lifetime achievement award

BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to John Agard,

Article

Lenny Henry introduces a Black British culture takeover

Across the arts, Black British artists are making their voices heard. To mark the moment, Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder h

Award Submission

Hurston/Wright Foundation for Black Writers

Submissions for the 2022 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are OPEN.

Article

Theatre in UK faces exodus of women after pandemic, study finds

More than 60% consider leaving jobs amid concerns that ‘safe’ work by men could be prioritised

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TFL publish redesigned tube map to mark Black History Month

Article

Black UK artists are creating most ‘exciting’ work, says Michael McMillan

Playwright and curator says Black Lives Matter movement has inspired new generation of black creators

Magazine

Writing Our Legacy

Writing Our Legacy is an organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of the contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority

Theatre

Here’s What She Said To Me

Here's What She Said To Me, opens on the 29th of September at the Arcola Theatre

Theatre

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Run It Back

Set in an explosive club night, Run It Back immerses the audience in Black British

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

Competition open for submissions. £5,000 for the winner.

Crowdfunder

Online indie launches crowdfunder for Brighton’s first Black-owned bookshop

An online retailer has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the first Black-owned bookshop in Britain

TV

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Bernardine Evaristo: Never Give Up

Alan Yentob explores the remarkable life and work of the trailblazing Anglo-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo,

Literary voices

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Writers Mosaic

An online platform for new writing from a mosaic of literary voices and cultures across the UK

WomensPrizeforFiction

Women’s Prize for Fiction

Annual prize for women writers

Article

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The last humanist: how Paul Gilroy became the most vital guide to our age of crisis

Guardian article profiling "one of Britain's most influential scholars"

In Tribute

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Jean Binta Breeze

Hannah Lowe from Writers Mosaic commemorates Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Book

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A Nest of Vipers by Catherine Johnson

A gripping tale of a group of larger-than-life con artists who roam the streets of eighteenth-century London.

Research

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Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity

An independent body working to achieve accurate representation of all sections of society across contemporary UK media

Book

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The 100 Best YA Books Of All Time

The Black Famingo named on Time's 100 Best YA Books Of All Time

Theatre

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Rockets and Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock

On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history.

Book

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The Sex Lives of African Women

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s new book The Sex Lives of African Women examines self-discovery, freedom and healing.

TV

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

ITV announces casting for powerful period drama The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Bookhop

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Afrori Books

Online stockist of books of black origin

Education

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MA Black British Literature at Goldsmiths

Launched in 2015 through the joint vision of Prof. Joan Anim-Addo and Dr Deirdre Osborne

In Tribute

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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

George Padmore Institute trustee Linton Kwesi Johnson pays tribute Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Course

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Rewrite

Creative Writing Courses for Black Women & Women of Colour

CainePrize

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

Bringing African writing to a wider audience using the annual literary award

Book

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Black British Lives Matter

17 writers explain why Black lives should be celebrated when too often they are undervalued

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Black British Theatre Awards

Celebrating the excellence and influence of black performers and creatives in the theatre industry

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Knights Of

Publisher of commercial children's fiction

Publisher

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Jacaranda Books

An award winning independent publisher of award winning adult fiction, non-fiction & YA.

Publisher

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Merky Books

An award-winning book publishing imprint founded in 2018 by Stormzy and Penguin Random House UK

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Ayebia

African and Caribbean publishing specialists

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African Books Collective

Worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa

Publisher

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Tamarind

Tamarind books that were historically published under Tamarind are now part of our wonderful Puffin and Ladybird lists

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New Beacon Books

Specialists in African and Caribbean Literature Since 1966

Poetry

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Wild Imperfections

An anthology of poems from 40 black women poets from Africa and its diaspora

Theatre

Eclipse Theatre

Eclipse is a beacon for Black artists and theatre makers outside of London.

Theatre Peckham

Theatre Peckham is an award-winning cultural venue for artistic excellence and social change

Theatre

Utopia Theatre

Utopia Theatre is a Sheffield based company producing African stories for the British and International stage

Theatre

Young Vic

The Young Vic have some of the most diverse and engaged audiences in London.

Book

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Too Young Too Loud Too Different

Poetry collection features Warsan Shire, Inua Ellams, Kayo Chingonyi, Dean Atta, Roger Robinson, Malika Booker and more

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Wole Soyinka

New novel to be published in the UK in September 2021

Theatre

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Talawa

The Uk's outstanding black British theatre company

Writing Development

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Spread the Word

London’s writer development agency helping London’s writers make their mark

Trade Union

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Society of Authors

The UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers

Publisher

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Peepal Tree Press

Bringing readers the very best of international writing from the Caribbean, its diasporas and the UK

Archives

BlackCulturalArchive

Black Cultural Archives

The home of black British history

Writing Development

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New Writing South

Writing development agency for aspiring or established writer of novels, short stories, poems or plays

NationalCentreforWriting

National Centre for Writing

The NCW celebrates and explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation

Winner

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Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi wins Literature Wales' Children & Young People Award with The Infinite

Poetry

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Marvin Thompson

Poetry Wales welcomes Marvin Thompson as joint editor alongside Zoe Brigley

Competition

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Influx Press launches first novel prize for Black British women with Black Ballad

A new annual prize for the best debut by a Black British woman. Submissions open on 8th Sep and close on 20th Oct

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Alfred Fagon Award

Also includes the Mustapha Matura Award and Roland Rees Bursary

Radio

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BBC Radio 4’s A Point of View

Bernardine Evaristo on BBC Radio 4’s A Point of View. Why Black Lives Matter.

Archive

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The Black Plays Archive

A catalogue for the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in Britain

Article

Portraits of Paul Mendez, Sharmaine Lovegrove and Patrice Lawrence

What it is like to be black in UK publishing

From The Guardian: 'I stuck my foot in the door': what it is like to be black in UK publishing.’ Read the article.

Article

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Bernardine Evaristo: the forgotten black British novels everyone should read

The Booker-winning novelist is relaunching a series of neglected novels by black British writers.

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