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Black Futures Month | This Is Book Love Half Term Takeover

AFTER ITS SOUTH LONDON SCHOOL TOUR, BOOK LOVE, THE MULTICULTURAL TRAVELLING BOOK CARNIVAL, COMES TO THE BLACK CULTURAL ARCHIVES ON OCTOBER 22nd - 23rd,  FOR TWO DAYS OF FUN ACTIVITIES, EDUCATION AND "BOOK LOVE".  

The BCA shop will be stocked for two days with all the Book Love Children's and Adult Bestsellers, plus a great selection of dolls, flags, toys, merchandise, raffle prizes and so much more!  PLUS a range of books by Nigerian Publisher Cassava Republic will be in full supply! 

When not browsing the shop, please enjoy the food and ambiance of the BCA cafe, the BCA exhibitions in the adjoining spaces, the art activities, face-painting, drumming and music dotted around the centre for the whole family to enjoy. (This is a free event, but donations on the day to the Black Cultural Archives welcome)

We also have two-day drop-in welcoming all authors, illustrators and creatives to come and enjoy the Book Carnival  - using it as a place to celebrate, mingle and showcase their works or writings in a drop-in, open house style. Come draw, read and generally just get involved. 

We have created a FREE fun-packed two days for you. Some of these events may be subject to change, but to make it as accessible to everyone as possible, there is no charge to attend and no ticket allocation, so please come early to attend scheduled sessions.  

Don’t forget to buy 50p raffle tickets to be in with a chance to win a “Book Love Hamper”. All proceeds to go to the Black Cultural Archives. 

10am - New Book Love Shop opens its doors!

10.30am - 11.15am - Story carpet-time with Aunty Maureen  - Author of many Caribbean adventure picture books and chapter books, Maureen Gordon is a self-published writer and educator. She aims her session at ages 6 - 10 with Caribbean story reading and writing sessions.  Maureen will be on hand to take questions and sign copies afterwards and will be available to read more throughout the day. 

11.30am - 12.30pm - GeniGames - Yoruba bilingual storyreader and author Adebayo Adegbembo is reading his book "Yoruba 101" in Yoruba and English, teaching how to write and read new phrases and sharing history of the language along the way.   All Ages and All Nationalities welcome! Bring your own language to this event and exchange words and phrases in all languages. Adebayo will be on hand to take questions and sign copies afterwards and will be available to read more throughout the day. 

12.45pm - 1.15pm  - Monica Gilbert, author of "Jerome and Friends" reads from her new book and talks about why it was important for them to have a black boy as the main character in their story. Storytime for children ages 4 - 8 followed by a brief discussion about identity, self-worth and their exciting new range of greeting cards celebrating representation and inclusion.  


Cafe Open for lunch, fresh juices. 

Courtyard face-painting all day. 

1.30pm - 3.30pm - Mylo Freeman, author of Hair is A Family Affair, will read from her bestselling book. Followed by art workshop and a Q+A with her publishers talking about her book and art journey. Mylo uses different techniques and will be focussing on one on the day.  Mylo will be on hand to take questions and sign copies afterwards and will be available to read more throughout the day alongside the publishers Cassava Republic who will offer advice on how to get a children's book published.  Come armed with lots of questions! 

4.30pm -  5.00pm  - Calming session with Zara, mindfulness coach who will be teaching and leading a short end-of-day session to get grownups and children all ready for calmer evenings. A great way to end the day and get ready for bed. All ages welcome. 

5pm - 6pm - Author, creative, Illustrator - Impromptu Book Readings - All authors welcome to come and read and meet booksellers and meet customers and  booksellers. 

Drop in, mingle and mix. 

Samantha From Book Love very informal chat  - "My last 4 years and what I've observed that a 'BookLove Customer' looks for in a Book" followed by a Q & A with some of the authors. All authors welcome.