Vintage Books Podcast teams up with Black Ballad and Evans

Vintage Books Podcast teams up with Black Ballad and Evans

The Vintage Books Podcast is marking its 10th anniversary by partnering with digital media platform Black Ballad for a special Christmas episode with Diana Evans.

Working with Naomi Morris Omori and Hope Ndaba at Vintage, Black Ballad has curated the Christmas episode exploring the theme of “home”, particularly in the context for Black British people, starring author Evans and hosted by Jendella Benson, head of editorial at Black Ballad.

During the episode, they will discuss Black Lives Matter, Black British identity today, and Evans' career as a writer.

Benson said: “Working on this partnership has been really exciting. Black Ballad is a community of Black women readers and writers, so it felt fitting to speak to Diana Evans, an outstanding British writer who has widened the literary landscape to include lives like ours. So many of us find a home of sorts in her work, and it was a joy and an honour to talk with her.”

The Vintage Books Podcast was established in 2010 by the Vintage publicity team, the podcast shares conversations with Vintage authors as well as industry specialists such as booksellers, translators, book influencers and more.

It has grown to have over 380,000 listens since its launch, and past guests have included Jeanette Winterson, Namwali Serpell, Yuval Noah Harari and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Morris Omori, Vintage brand executive and producer of the podcast, said: “We are thrilled to work with Black Ballad which has created an intimate and thought-provoking episode in conversation with Diana Evans. This partnership is a great opportunity to share our platform and support Black Ballad’s significant work to celebrate Black British women’s experiences.”

Ndaba, Vintage publicity assistant, added: “Watching this collaboration come to life has been very exciting. There has been so much passion, creativity and love poured into this partnership and we cannot wait for listeners to tune in to this special episode.”

The episode is available to listen to on major podcast platforms, including Acast, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more. Black Ballad launched its own podcast last month, "The Survival Guide", hosted by Jendella Benson.