What’s Happening in Black British History? – Books

Date / time: 29 April, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

What's Happening in Black British History? - Books


Programme and booking: https://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events/event/24174 


10.00-10.05am Welcome  & What’s your favourite Black British History book? 

10.05-11.30am 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)
  • S.I. Martin (author)
  • Patrice Lawrence (author)

11.30-11.45am Breakout Rooms

11.45am-1.15pm 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)

1.15-2.15pm Breakout rooms operating throughout the lunch hour

2.15-3.45pm 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: Dr Meleisa Ono-George (University of Warwick)


  • 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)

3.45-4.00pm Breakout rooms

4.00-5.30pm 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)

5.30 – 6.30    Result announcement: Favourite Black British History  book

All welcome