Black Book Festival

Sat, 12 September 2020 11:00 – 19:00

The Black Book Festival is an event that celebrates African-Caribbean writers, publishers and artists.

About this Event

Please note that this event has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak and will now take place on 12th September 2020 at Goldsmiths, University of London SE14 6NW

The Black Book Festival is a celebration and showcase of African-Caribbean writing and global Black writing in general.

This is an event that presents the work of old and new writers, publishers, booksellers and artists.

Free entry for children under 16 years of age.

Visitors can browse the numerous stalls on display or/and attend the varied workshops that are designed to inform and educate industry practitioners and the wider community about the book industry and how to use books to empower the African-Caribbean community.

Featured Authors

Professor Kehinde Andrews Back to Black: Black Radicalism for the 21st Century

Reni K. Amayo Daughters of Nri

Sandra Agard Harriet Tubman: A Journey to Freedom

Michael Williams Black Scientists and inventor series

Robin Walker When We Ruled

Chiemeka Nicely Innocence Tainted

Pamela R. Haynes Loving the Brothers

David Simon How to Unlock Your Child’s Genius

Derek Owusu That Reminds Me

The Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 to be awarded to Mr Eric Huntley of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications for the work that he and his late wife, Jessica Huntley, have contributed to Black British culture, to the African-Caribbean diaspora, globally, in the fields of radical book publishing, education, cultural heritage sector, and for their pioneering grassroots community and socio-political activism.

Come along and meet many more authors, publishers and booksellers!


  • 12pm – #Twentyin2020 with Valerie Brandes
  • 12pm – 12.30pm Selling and Distributing Books to the African American Market with Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati (USA)
  • 12.45pm -1.15pm Afrofuturism: In conversation with science fiction writer, Chiemeka Nicely
  • 12.45pm – 1.15pm African-Caribbean storytelling for children with Sandra A. Agard
  • 1.30pm – 2pm In-conversation with novelist Derek Owusu
  • 1.30pm – 2pm Seven steps to writing a great book with Denise Roberts
  • 2.15pm – 2.45pm Black Radicalism for the 21st Century with Prof Kehinde Andrews
  • 2.15pm – 2.45pm Black Book Publishing: The story of Conscious Dreams Publishing
  • 3pm Toni Morrison Tribute with Empress
  • 3pm Looking for Talent with Nancy Adimora (Harper-Collins) and Magdalene Abraha (Jacaranda Books)
  • 3.45pm – 4.15pm How to Unlock Your Child’s Genius (family workshop) with David Simon
  • 3.45pm – 4.15pm Women writers speak: Hear our Story withPamela Haynes & Sharon Fevrier
  • 3.45pm Book launch: How to Unlock Your Genius Using Black History by David Simon
  • 4.30pm – 5pm In-conversation with novelist Reni K. Amayo:Daughters of Nri
  • 4.30pm – 5pm Celebrating Science Week with Black Scientists and Inventors series creator Michael Williams
  • 5pm Taking A Word for A Walk with Sandra A. Agard (children’s workshop)
  • 5.15PM – 5.45pm Lifetime Achievement Award to Eric and (late) Jessica Huntley
  • 6.15pm Black History Matters with Robin Walker