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Black British Book Festival announces Pan Macmillan as headline sponsorship

The Black British Book Festival today announces Pan Macmillan as the headline sponsor for the festival held in Birmingham on June 4th. The collaboration will see key Black Authors, talents, successes and voices taking center stage.

The Black British Book Festival was founded last year by Selina Brown with the intention of celebrating Black authors from all genres across the UK. The event aims to demystify the publishing industry and assist in removing barriers for Black authors. Topics of conversation on the day will include Black British representation, creating a career as an author and how to find an agent. Pan Macmillan staff members will be mentoring festival goers in both shaping submissions and providing insight into jobs within the industry and goody bags taking the work of Black authors to every attendee.

Authors and illustrators involved in the festival include Lenny Henry, David Olusoga OBE, Diane Ewen, Lola Jaye and TL Huchu and with more to be announced. Supporters of the event include Penguin, National Literacy Society, Writing West Midlands, Black Child Promotions and School Library Association

Selina Brown, Founder Black British Book Festival, commented: “The Black British Book Festival is needed, it’s a hugely necessary addition to the UK Publishing Industry. I founded this festival as I saw that Black Authors were having difficulties accessing traditional publishing, as there are often multiple barriers to entry. I wanted the industry to start opening more doors to Black Authors and I’m happy that Pan Macmillan have committed themselves to doing just that. The Festival is a space where Black authors are lifted up and celebrated, this event for everyone to enjoy the vibrant, colorful and touching voices of Black Writers from across the UK”

Joanna Prior, CEO of Pan Macmillan said: “I am delighted that Pan Macmillan will be the headline sponsor of this important festival. We are committed to reaching the widest readership for our books and authors and look to make Pan Macmillan a destination for the best writing talent in the UK today. We also want to be a welcoming and inclusive place to work. It is great to see such a strong line-up of some of our Black authors at the Festival and hope that our partnership with Selina and her team will signal our commitment to investing in Black writers and illustrators of the future. We want to learn and build our expertise in engaging with readers as well as prospective writers as we work closely with Selina, sharing in her commitment and ambition to deliver a superb event.”

Zaahida Nabagereka, Head of Social Impact, Penguin said:

‘We loved supporting the Black British Book Festival in Birmingham last year and are really happy to be doing it again in 2022. It brought together readers and writers of all ages, and was a brilliant opportunity to see what is happening in Black British book culture .’

Kyle Turakhia, Birmingham Stories Hub Manager, National Literacy Trust said:

“Our program of activity at last year’s festival was a huge success, so we’re delighted to participate once again and support underrepresented voices in the community.”

The first festival of its kind to hit the UK will feature masterclasses hosted by Liz Pemberton and Casey Bailey, interactive workshops, children’s zone, and a Black book marketplace. Supporters of the event include National Literacy Society, Writing West Midlands, Black Child Promotions and School Library Association

Tickets for this day long festival can be purchased at www.blackbritishbookfestival.co.uk.

www.blackbritishbookfestival.com.

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