Africa Writes Book Fair
The book fair at Africa Writes offers readers a range of exciting new books, indie publications and rare finds. This year we will have two in-person booksellers onsite at the British Library – This is Book Love and African Book Centre. There is also a great virtual bookstore where you can find a range of African and diaspora books. Click on the booksellers’ icons to access their online bookstores.
Stalls at Africa Writes 2019
New Beacon Books (Official Book Seller)
New Beacon Books was founded in 1966 by John La Rose and his partner Sarah White and was the UK’s first black publisher, specialist bookshop and international book distributor. For over 50 years New Beacon Books has made available to Britain and its communities poetry, literature, non –fiction, history and children’s books from Africa, Caribbean, Asia, African America, Europe, South America and Britain.
Africa Book Centre
Stocking a large range of titles from contemporary fiction and poetry to classics in African literature.
Pluto Press is a radical political publishing house. Founded in 1969, we are one of Britain’s oldest radical publishers, but our focus remains making timely interventions in contemporary struggles. Though our collective outlook has developed over time, we proudly identify as anti-capitalist, internationalist and politically independent. www.plutobooks.com
Romance Writers of West Africa
Founded on June 17, 2011, the Romance Writers of West Africa (RWOWA) is dedicated to the growth of African romantic fiction worldwide. We are a support group for romance writers of West African origin and/or writers who write romantic fiction set in Africa. With the increasing demand for the African romance genre, RWOWA strives to support established and aspiring romance authors who emphasise African plot lines. We provide a platform where members, through networking, produce exceptional romance fiction for our reading audience, which is not only limited to West Africa, but reaches out worldwide. www.rwowa.org
African Books Collective
An African owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa – scholarly, literature and children’s books. Founded, owned and governed by a group of African publishers. www.africanbookscollective.com
This pan African platform of writing, art and politics founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002. Drawing together a myriad voices from across Africa and the diaspora, Chimurenga takes many forms operating as an innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection about Africa by Africans. Outputs include a journal of culture, art and politics of the same name (Chimurenga Magazine); a quarterly broadsheet called The Chronic; The Chimurenga Library – an online resource of collected independent pan-African periodicals and personal books; the African Cities Reader – a biennial publication of urban life, Africa-style; and the Pan African Space Station (PASS) – an online radio station and pop-up studio. chimurengachronic.co.za
Sunbird Journal Publishing
SunBird Journal Publishing is an independent, grassroots publishing House created to promote the diversity of voices which have been shaped by this world in transition. Our mission is to feature the best of Afrocentric, multicultural and motivational literature. We are a publishing house created to educate you and awaken your consciousness. www.sunbirdjournalpublishing.com
Africa in London (Mayor of London)
Africa in London is the Mayor of London’s new programme introduced to highlight African cultural events in London. A digital hub and marketing campaign will showcase events within the June to September 2019 period. Funding and mentoring opportunities will be available to support the growth of African creativity in London. Find out more about the GLA Culture Seeds funding scheme with a special strand open to African arts, culture and heritage projects throughout June to September 2019.
Nataal is a London-based global media brand dedicated to celebrating global African fashion, music, visual arts and culture. The digital platform launched in late 2015, and we have gone on to curate several cultural events, talks and parties, most notably its New African Photography exhibitions at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn. Nataal made the move into print with an annual magazine in 2018 and our second issue is published in June 2019. nataal.com @nataalmedia
Books for Ruby Goka and jewellery and accessories from Kelis Africa – a contemporary African fashion label retailing clothe and jewellery. www.kelisafrica.com www.rubygoka.com
The Fadeke Portfolio
A collection of Modern African, Environmental Art and Poetry to celebrate and raise awareness of current issues facing Africa and the diaspora. The artist and poet Fadeke was born in Fulham, West London. She spent a year at art college in Putney West London, learning all sorts of artistic techniques. With west African roots and heritage she has a passion for modern contemporary African Art and Poetry with a passion to engage, inspire and promote the voice of the next generation of poets. fadekea.wixsite.com/website
Children and Young Adults
This is Book Love
The travelling multicultural book carnival! An award winning collective of Educators, Artists, Musicians, Creatives, Aunties, Uncles, Parents and Grandparents working together to make multicultural matter. We are curating, showcasing and bringing together the best multicultural content the world of arts has to offer and we’re taking it on tour! Schools, Nurseries, Public and corporate spaces, Markets…you name it – we’re there! New and exciting children’s’ books, young adult fiction, art, stationery, fashion, toys and so much more – all with one focus – to positively portray the beautiful multicultural world around us. ‘Book Love’ takes you on a journey of discovery, where those that don’t see themselves – find themselves… www.thisisbooklove.com
Children’s Author Corner
As three individual authors, we came together to combining our knowledge and skills to create the children’s author corner. The children’s author corner, we aspire to enrich the lives of children through the art of storytelling. We offer a variety of books ranging from foundation skills such as letters and numbers up to empowerment journals that promote reflections and self-development.
www.rachelbeckles.com www.learnwithbella.com www.caseyelishabooks.com
Naniso Media Ltd
A young start-up with a big vision, born from our experience of growing up in Zimbabwe and raising children in the UK. Guided by the motto “Imagine it. Create it. Inspire…”, our objective is to use storytelling, music and events in a fun and imaginative way to bring children closer to the rich cultural and historical heritage of Africa, wherever they may be in the world. We are the creators of Naniso and Shinga, who happen upon a mbira (thumb piano) which ignites a curiosity in their Zimbabwean legacy. With the help of their friends, they weave through the tapestry of their inheritance to stand tall and proud in their true identity. www.nanisocreate.com
Philly & Friends
Philly & Friends is a contemporary children’s brand with purpose. It offers diverse children’s books that encourage confidence, self-love and diversity in our beloved children while supporting underprivileged kids around the world by empowering literacy. Each book sold sponsors a book into the hand of a disadvantaged child. Philly & Friends was born out of a desire to see children; particularly black children, grow up to see the beauty in themselves and to believe they can be anything they want to be. www.phillyandfriends.com
An independent, London based publishing house, designed to produce unique, thought-provoking stories that challenge the majority into thinking deeper than what we observe on a surface level. The main objective is to inspire through social and cultural expression, as well as provide an alternative mindset and way of perceiving our world. Nicely is an acronym meaning: never ignorant continually evolving with the “y” being symbolic of virtue, which is one of Ma’at principles meaning to have a high moral standard. www.nicelypublishing.com
Storymoja is a publishing company based in Nairobi, Kenya with over 350 books (print, audio and e books) for ages 4-17 years. Storymoja aggressively preaches the gospel of reading for pleasure. Our projects promoting reading among children include the National Read Aloud events, which in 2015, broke the world record with 420,000 children in different schools reading from the same text on the same day at the same time. Our Start a Library initiative raises funds to train school librarians and install libraries in primary schools – 168 libraries so far. www.storymojaafrica.co.ke
If you are keen to sell your work or stock at the fair but were not able to book a stand, you could consider selling your books via New Beacon Books, Africa Book Centre, or This is Book Love.