Jacaranda author Stephen Bourne, a British writer and social historian specialising in Black and LGBTQ British history, has been honoured with the 2017 Special Award at the Screen Nation Awards.
Bourne was recognised for over 25 years of documenting and publishing works on the history of Black Britons, particularly in the arts.
Over the duration of his career Bourne has written and published numerous titles, including Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television (Cassell) and Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War (The History Press).
In October 2016 he published the first biography of Black British pioneer Evelyn Dove with Jacaranda Books. Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen documents the life of the star who was one of the first Black women to have her own show on BBC radio and television.
Bonnie Greer, playwright and critic, said of Bourne: "Stephen brings great natural scholarship and passion to a largely hidden story. His is highly accessible, accurate and surprising. You always walk away from his work knowing something that you didn’t know, that you didn’t even expect."
The Screen Nation awards, founded in 2003 by independent producer Charles Thompson MBE, identifies, rewards and celebrates the excellence of professionals who play an important role in elevating black film & TV talent and culture to mainstream attention in the UK.