What's Happening in Black British History?- Books

Session 1: Children’s Publishing

Presentations from leading authors and publishers addressing  the issues and challenges in children publishing

CHAIR: Catherine Johnson (author)

  • Kandace Chimbiri (author) 
  • Darren Chetty (teacher) and Karen Sands O’Connor (Professor for Children's Literature at Newcastle University)
  • Patrice Lawrence (author)

Session 2: Educational Publishing 

A panel of experts  from the publishers along with authors on how the market in educational publishing market is responding to demand for curriculum changes.

CHAIR: Lavinya Stennett (The Black Curriculum)

  • Hannah Cusworth (Head of History, The Charter School, East Dulwich) pre-recorded video
  • Janice Mansel-Chan ( Publisher, Oxford University Press) 
  • William Goodfellow (Commissioning Editor, Hodder Education)
  • Abdul Mohamed and Robin Whitburn (Justice2History)

Session 3: Academic Publishing 

A panel of experts from publishing and academia reviewing the business of Black history  academic publishing, the role it has to play in the careers of Black academics and the tangled and changing relationship between the two.


CHAIR: Philip Murphy (ICwS)

  • Alison Welsby (Liverpool University Press) pre-recorded video
  • Helen Gilmour and Geraldine Richards (Taylor and Francis/Routledge)
  • Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry (Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Reader in History, De Montfort University, Leicester)

Session 4: Popular/Trade Publishing

A panel of industry specialists - publishers, agents, writers  - will be addressing the issues surrounding Black writers and poublishing today. Books by Black authors topped the best seller lists last year, why and how can this popularity be maintained ? Do we need Black agents to promote the book? Can a white Historians write about Black history , can a  White poet translate the work of Black poet? 

CHAIR: Kadija George MBE  (literary activist, writer and poet)

Video from Colin Grant launching WritersMosaic, an online platform for new writing from a mosaic of literary voices 

  • Robin Walker (author and publisher)
  • Hannah Chukwu (Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)
  • Patrick Vernon OBE (author and activist)
  • Natalie Jerome (literary agent at Aevitas Creative)
Author: 
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Event date: 
Thursday, 29 April 2021 - 10:00am