Jacaranda Books has announced the final line-up of speakers for the #TwentyIn2020 Literary Festival, celebrating Black British writing.
Produced in collaboration with FANE Productions and marketing agencyTGRG, the one day online festival will bring together the 20 Black British writers of the publisher's #TwentyIn2020 publishing initiative, along with individuals from across Black British arts and culture, including journalist and podcaster Victoria Sanusi, Words of Colour Productions founder Joy Francis, and Croydon’s first poet Laureate Shaniqua Benjamin.
The festival, which will take place on 5th December, aims to celebrate the diversity found within Black British literature. Discussions include a panel exploring mixed-race identity through the memoirs of Katy Massey and Esua Jane Goldsmith, and sponsored by HaluHalo, an organisation dedicated to exploring the mixed-race experience.
Francis will chair a discussion on the importance of place in Black British literature with authors D D Armstrong, Kabir Kareem Bello, Abidemi Sanusi and Berni SorgaMillwood, whose works take readers from the streets of London to the Solomon Islands.
The festival also celebrates the five Black British women poets of #TwentyIn2020, with each poet performing their poetry and discussing their work. Alice Mullen, manager of the Poetry Book Society which is sponsoring the event, said: “Founded by T S Eliot, the Poetry Book Society champions a diverse range of established and emerging poets from publishers big and small. We're honoured to be supporting the poets of #Twentyin2020 and amplifying these vital voices which urgently need to be heard.”
Sanusi will chair an open discussion about love, romance and sexuality in a session titled "Empowering Black Women Through Romance Writing", with romance writers Maame Blue, Sareeta Domingo, Lisa Bent and Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm. Tickets are available on the Fane Productions website and give attendees access to all events throughout the day. A portion of the profits from the festival will be donated to the event’s charity of choice, the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), the UK’s only heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.
Books by all featured authors are available to purchase from the Jacaranda Books Online store.