The biggest Black literature event in Europe is coming to Southbank: How to obtain passes


This week in London marks the third year of the Black British Book Festival, the biggest celebration of Black literature in Europe.

The festival, which takes place at the Southbank Centre on October 27 and 28, aims to give upstream talent a stage and break down barriers for Black British writers.


Though it highlights Black British talent, it offers books and works in a range of genres.

Established in 2021 by writer and event coordinator Selina Brown, the two-day family event has had exponential growth in the last two years, drawing over 4,000 guests to earlier events.

The festival is expected to grow even more and improve this year.

Leading content makers, influencers, and journalists will be featured with the UK’s top Black authors in an incredible showcase that the festival promises to give.

In addition to well-known publishers Hachette, Simon Schuster, Penguin, and Sage, its main sponsors are Pan Macmillan and Audible.

What to anticipate from the Black British Book Festival and how to purchase tickets are provided here.



Who will attend the Black British Book Festival?

Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock will exclusively unveil her intimate memoir titled Believe, delving into her remarkable journey within Little Mix, while also navigating the realms of fame, love, and self-acceptance.

Oti Mabuse, star of Strictly Come Dancing, plans to ignite a passion for dance in young children, while Dawn Butler, Clive Myrie, and Gary Younge will open up about their careers at Unmasking Brilliance: Black British Voices in Media.



In addition, social media star and author Fats Timbo will host A #BlackBookTok Masterclass, while investor, Obama advisor, and TV personality Eric Collins will share his personal journey.

A group of 30 remarkable Black British authors, including Joseph Coelho, Derek Owusu, and Jackie Kay, will also embark on a transformative summer book tour from August to October.




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