Publishing BAME networks join forces for Black History Month event

Publishing BAME networks join forces for Black History Month event

The BAME networks of Hachette, HarperCollins and Penguin Random House are joining forces for the first time for a webinar to mark Black History Month.

Hosted by Hachette's THRIVE network, HarperCollins' Elevate and PRH's Colour[Full], it takes place on 15th October from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The webinar will offer places to black professionals in UK publishing and will be chaired by Agnes Mwakatuma, founder of charity Black Minds Matter UK. It will discuss how collective trauma can present itself in the workplace, micro-aggressions, the impact of George Floyd’s death on Black Lives Matter and how to look after your mental health.

Mwakatuma will also be joined by two licensed therapists, who will be available to offer advice to black publishing staff on how to look after their mental health in the workplace and prioritise wellbeing. Attendees will be asked to donate to Black Minds Matter UK when they book their tickets.

Ebyan Egal and Joelyn Rolston-Esdelle, co-chairs of THRIVE, commented: “We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with our fellow network chairs at Elevate and Colour[Full] to host this session with Black Minds Matter UK. With World Mental Health day taking place during Black History Month and given the traumatic events of this year, we felt it pertinent to organise a workshop that focuses on mental health and wellbeing for our black colleagues across the industry.”

THRIVE will also be hosting several other panels for Black History Month including "Black Love" on 14th October with Sareeta Domingo, Bolu Babalola and Elizabeth Okoh, followed by sessions on "Black Activism" on 21st October and "Publishers and Agents of Tomorrow" on 29th October.

For more information about the events, visit the website.