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FREE | Online Black Book Festival 2021

September 25, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT

Online Black Book Festival

The Online Black Book Festival 2021 (UK) is an annual book event aimed at showcasing Black British writers and Black writers globally.

About this event

This grassroots festival is aimed at the global African community and is a platform to showcase the books, talents, services, and initiatives that the Black community is making to the book industry throughout the world.

The event provides an opportunity for the global community to:

  • listen to new and exciting Black writers and publishers
  • learn how to write the book they always knew they had within them
  • learn about the global Black book industry
  • identify opportunities to publish and exhibit books on the Black experience



Times are UK Time (GMT +1)

2.15pm – registration

2.30pm to 2.40pm Welcome and Introduction

Part 1: Children’s Hour

2.40pm to 2.50pm

  • Children’s Black History Quiz

2.50pm to 3.10pm

  • How to Create Positive Images for Our Children, with Dr. Primrose Cameron, author of Princess Primrose Goes to Jamaica

3.10pm to 3.30pm

  • A is for Africa. Nigerian children’s writer, Ifeoma Onyelulu, reads from her acclaimed book, A is for Africa.

3.30pm to 3.40pm

  • Performance poetry for youths with poet Latoya Roberts of Trinidad and Tobago

Part Two: On Black Writing

3.40pm to 4pm

  • How to Write a Creative Non-fiction Book with Denise Roberts

4pm to 4.20pm

  • Celebrating Our Writers: Curating Black Book Festivals with Donna Gray-Banks from the USA and Mr Errol Blake of Trinidad

4.20pm to 4.40pm

  • Black Women and the Digital Space with novelist/podcaster Pamela R. Haynes and editor/writer Esther Ademosu

4.40pm to 5pm

  • The History of Black British Writing and Publishing with best-selling writer and educationalist David Simon

5pm to 5.15pm

  • Festival Book Launch of the book Black London with Avril Nanton and Jody Burton

Part Three: On African Spirituality in Literature

5.15pm to 5.25pm Break

5.25pm to 5.45pm

  • In-conversation with novelist Rosanna Amaka, author of The Book of Echoes

5.45pm to 6pm

  • Rediscovering African Spiritual Literature with Yattepia Tutsahwur from the Earth Centre

6pm to 6.15pm

From Africa to the Caribbean: Creation of the Creole Tongue with linguist/poet Dr. Morgan Dalphinis

Part Four: On Celebrating Our Geniuses

6.15pm to 6.25pm

  • Tribute and performance on the life of Jean Binta Breeze with Latoya Roberts

6.25pm to 6.30pm

  • Tribute on the life and work of Dr. Runoko Rashidi

6.30pm to 6.40pm

  • Lifetime Achievement Award to Menelik Shabazz

6.40pm to 6.45pm

  • Final words from festival team


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