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Black Futures Month | This Is Book Love Half Term Takeover


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 Black Cultural Archives.

10am - Shop opens. Face painting available throughout the day. 

10.15am - 11.00am - Rachel Beckles - Author of The Butterfly Princess talks about why she wrote a picture books with two Black Princesses as the main characters and about her new self-empowerment book to help overcome anxiety. She reads from both books which empowers both adults and children. Not to be missed. 

11.15am - 11.45am - Author, creative and illustrator Andrew Bent reads from his new debut graphic book about a young boy who doesn't realise he's an inventor. This picture book aimed at 3-5 year olds will encourage any child to explore their creativity. Followed by quick guide to drawing for children. All ages welcome.   

12.00 pm - 12.45pm - Puppeteer Delvine Pitt brings storytelling and Puppeteering to the Black Cultural Archives. All ages. Not to be missed. 

12pm - 3pm - Kuumba Kids Multicultural Paperdoll and puppet making session – drop in and drop, open house art, drop in any time. 

Cafe Open for lunch, fresh juices. 

Courtyard face-painting. 

1.15pm - 2.30pm - Interactive storytime with Author SP K-Mushambi, author of chapter book  "The Mysterious Melody" . Create your own rhythm with African Drums and Shakers. Age 5 - 9, all ages welcome.  

3.00pm - 3.45pm Story and Lunch Time with Toye Sunday. She reads from "Tiana Eat Up"  and talks us through some of the food from West Africa that her book is based on, with everyone having a chance to see, touch and taste some of the foods  - All Ages welcome and bring samples or pictures of your traditional foods too. Age 5 Onwards, but all welcome

4pm – 4.30pm - Meet the Author Athena Gordon and hear her read from her book “Just Like Me” which looks at the cultural origins of children across the world.

4.30pm - 5.30pm - Published Author Louisa Young and daughter Isabel Adomakoh Young both speak about their nationwide search to find and work with a new illustrator of African descent for a new commissioned book by Michel Faber. Both publisher and author are looking for an illustrator and in this session we open the floor to illustrators to discuss and showcase their work alongside addressing the issues around lack of accessibility to opportunities in publishing. This is a real opportunity for an illustrator which may result in a fantastic opportunity to illustrate a published book. Bring your portfolio, if you have one. 

4.30pm - 5.15pm - Authors, creatives, Illustrators - Impromptu Book Readings - All authors welcome to turn up, come and read on a cushion or a mat  - meet customers and booksellers. 

Drop in, mingle and mix. 

5.15 - 6pm - Raffle Draw and Closing remarks from MD Arike Oke, Juanita and Michael in marketing and commercial management about the importance of the Black Cultural Archives and why we need to all work hard at keeping this iconic institution alive!