Mannington Book Bash: David Olusoga

Sunday 8th October

Speaker: David Olusoga

It seems fitting that in a house as steeped in history as Mannington Hall — still owned by a family steeped in English history, The Walpoles) — that we should have have a historian speaking at the festival.


Even better is to have a historian who has blown apart the tired, single narrative story of Britain so many of us grew up with — and exposed the rich, fascinating, joyous and often troubling history of black people in these islands.

David Olusoga’s books and TV shows have continued a vital tradition of telling the truth about our relationship with slavery and how its appalling legacy helped build the prosperous country we now live in — and brought the conversation to a far wider audience. His work gives us the chance to reflect on a history that belongs to all of us who call ourselves British today. His new book Black History for Everyday of the Year will have just been published when he comes to Mannington.

David will be delivering a lecture on the themes of his new work, taking questions from the audience, and signing books.

A bit about David’s new book

Black History for Everyday of the Year

Discover the joy of Black History — a piece for every day of the year. Meet well known figures and unsung heroes, read about famous and lesser known key cultural moments and discover brilliant information about Black people throughout history, from ancient times to the modern day. With accessible pieces of history broken down by date, this gorgeous hardback is perfect for all ages, revealing a rich history that is relevant to us all.

Good to know

  • The event will start promptly at 14:00pm. The car park is a short walk from the event tent, so please arrive at Mannington Hall 15 minutes before. That way, you won’t be in a rush, and we’ll be able to get everyone seated comfortably in plenty of time.
  • This event will be suitable for people aged 12 and up.
  • Yes, David’s book will be for sale! And yes, you can get your copy signed!
  • Your ticket grants you access to the grounds of Mannington (on the day of the event). Find out about the gardens, walks and wildlife on offer by visiting
  • For transport information, please visit
  • Any questions? Email or phone 01603 219268

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