Wednesday, October 3, 2018

BOOKMARKED! | Black History Month Edition


It's October already. Let that sink in. This month is significant to me for a number of reasons, but one of the many things which marks October out is that here in the UK, it's Black History Month.

In the eighties, Trinidadian born Ansel Wong, who served as an advisor to the then Greater London Council, with his colleague, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo (who I am going to assume is Ghanaian from the name) first conceived the idea of setting aside a month to recognise and celebrate the contribution and history of black people in the UK. It was going to be much like Black History Month in The States. Wong pitched the idea to politician, Linda Bellos. 

Bellos authorised the first Black History Month in the UK in October 1987, and the rest, as they say, is history. So in its honour, this month we are doing Bookmarked! a little differently. Firstly, it is coming at the beginning of the month rather than at the end, and secondly, we are highlighting black and bookish events you can attend around the UK in the month of October.

7th October | Black History Month Activity Book Launch
The Official Black History Activity Book Launch will be apart of a wider black history event and cultural market. A way of giving back to the community, as well as creating more awareness of the books and of black people's rich history and culture. More information can be found here.

All October | Slay in Your Lane events

You guys know I raved about this book all summer long. But just in case you were hidden underneath a rock, Slay in Your Lane by Black British authors, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené is an empowerment and information resource for UK black women. Since the launch of the book, they've been touring the UK at diferent evets to promote the topics the book covers. And it seems months later, these amazing women are not ready to take a break!

9th OctoberChimamanda Ngozi Adichie is awarded the 2018 PEN Pinter Prize
This year, my fave ever author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was selected to receive The PEN Pinter Prize!  Established in 2009, The PEN Pinter Prize was set up in memory of Nobel-laureate playwright Harold Pinter. The Prize is awarded annually to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Literature Prize speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and shows a ‘fierce intellectual define the real truth of our lives and our societies.’  For tickets, click here

19th October | Black History Month Poetry Club
A poetry workshop, we’ll be celebrating, reading, and writing poems about black British culture in remembrance of how far we have come in embracing our identity. Find all the information here

20th October | The Alphabet & Numbers with Bella 
One for the kids! Come and meet children’s author of 'The Alphabet With Bella' and 'Numbers With Bella', books Lorraine O'Garro. Aimed at pre-school aged children, the Bella book series follow Bella on an adventure whilst teaching the fundamentals of the alphabet and counting at the same time. Children are exposed to experiences that embrace the Caribbean and British heritage of Bella. The deets are here

24th October | The Story of Windrush Book for Children: Parent & Teachers Guide
Come and meet children’s author, Kandace Chimbiri, who will talk about her latest book, The Story of the WindrushAlthough the arrival of the Empire Windrush is considered a turning point in modern British history, there haven’t been many children’s books about this important event. The Story of the Windrush is an engaging retelling of the historic arrival 70 years ago of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks. Perfect for children who love facts. Given the recent scandal surrounding the Windrush generation, this is a much-needed event. Make your booking here

This is by no means it, but we'll be here forever if I were to list every single event. This month, get out into your community and explore the different events taking place to celebrate Black History. Aside from this list, your local library, and community centre, as well as the world wide web, will provide you with events taking place in your area.
And if you're not in the UK, or are unable to attend any events at least you've learned a bit about Black History Month! 
What special outings do you have planned in October? Let me know!



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