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Black Author and Illustrator spotlight

We are so excited to be celebrating Black History Month with a literary twist! For the whole of October we'll be sharing some of our favourite authors and illustrators, book recs, quizzes, competitions, and so much more! Are you excited to join us?

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Words for Life Author spotlight - Jasmine Richards

Jasmine Richards

Jasmine Richards has written over 15 books for children and is also the founder of Storymix, an inclusive children's fiction development studio.

Some of her books include:

  • The Unmorrow Curse: A nail-biting adventure filled with Norse Gods and magic.
  • The future Hero Series (co-authored under the pseudonym Remi Blackwood): A magical journey into another world.
  • The Aziza's Secret Fairy Door Series (co-authored under the pseudonym Lola Morayo): A delightful magical series for younger readers.
Words for Life Author spotlight - Errol Lloyd

Errol Loyd

Errol was born in Jamaica in 1943 and has been based in London since the 1960's. He's a celebrated artist, writer, editor and art critic.

He illustrated Petronella Breinburg's first children's book My Brother Sean and, for his work on the book Erroll was named runner-up for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1973. Errol was the first Black man to ever be nominated for the awards.

Errol also wrote the Carnegie Medal nominated Many Rivers to Cross, and the vibrant Nini at Carnival.

Words for Life Author spotlight - Yomi Sode

Yomi Sode

Yomi is an award-winning Nigerian British writer. He's the founder of BodedIn - a monthly poetry nigh in London - and the mentorship programme 12 in 12, to name just two endeavors.

On top of all of this, Yomi recently led a #NewChapters creative writing sessions for young offenders, and facilitated and fascinating discussion around masculinity and 'intention'.

His debut poetry collection Manorism is out now with Penguin.

Words for Life Author spotlight - Serlina Boyd

Serlina Boyd

Serlina is an author and the founder of Cocoa Girl and Cocoa Boy, the UK's first black children's magazines. The magazines have a readership of over a million.

Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair was published in 2021 and is a celebration of natural hair! The book is filled with tips and features from real young girls. Serlina also launched the Coco Kids Fest, a festival for children featuring food, coding sessions, live music, dance lessons and more!

Serlina is a pioneer in the UK for creating and empowering content for young Black children.

Words for Life - Author spotlight - Abiola Bello

Abiola Bello

Abiola is an award-winning British-Nigerian author and founder of Hashtag Press and Hashtag BLAK, an imprint which aims to publish and highlight under-represented voices.

Abiola writes middle grade and young adults novels. Some of her work includes a short story in the murderously festive The Very Merry Murder Club, the Emily Knight series, and her upcoming debut young adults Love In Winterland - out this November!

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