Jacaranda founder named  on 'influential black Briton' list

Jacaranda founder named on 'influential black Briton' list

Jacaranda Books founder Valerie Brandes has been named one of the 100 most influential black Britons.

Since founding the London Bridge-based company in 2014 to bring more diversity to the market, Jacaranda has published 30 titles by authors such as Irenosen Okojie, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, and Bernice L McFadden.

Brandes is described by Powerlist magazine, which runs the list, as a “staunch supporter of social justice”. She served on committees such as Fiction Uncovered, and has given talks across the UK on publishing, inclusivity and female entrepreneurship.

Brandes described the news as a “wonderful surprise” given the “level of excellence amongst this year's recipients”.

She said: “The importance of representation can never be stated enough and since its inception, the incredible work of this award has meant many young people can visualise career paths, and industries they may never have considered as an option.”

The Powerlist was established to highlight the achievements of black Britons across a range of industries with other names including new British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, grime star Stormzy and Ofcom chief Sharon White.

The fourth annual Powerlist Influencers Dinner took place on Tuesday evening (24th October) at Drapers’ Hall in London, hosted by presenter June Sarpong. For more information, visit powerlist.co.uk.