Read A Black Author #RaBA
Panya Banjoko wanted to ensure that her role as patron for the UNESCO City of Literature and her position as founder of Nottingham Black Archive added value to the city’s literature scene. In 2015, with support from Ioney Smallhorne, she developed the initiative Read a Black Author (#RaBA).
#RaBA 2019 is now set to take place in public spaces across the country, Birmingham, London, Leicester, Derby, and Bristol are already part of the line up with more to follow.
Join the campaign to raise the profile of black writers by helping to promote diverse reading and diverse authors.
#RaBA 2019 will take place on Saturday, October 19th at 12 o’clock in Leicester City at Town Hall Square. This event will also be taking place on this same day in various locations around the country.
This is a free event. Open to everyone.
It doesn’t matter what age, ethnicity or ability you are anyone can take part in #RaBA. The aim is to raise awareness of black writers and encourage the buying of black books. Most of all make sure you have fun leading up to #RaBA by reading, sharing and discussing books by black authors.
This is what will happen:
- On the day… Saturday 19th October…
- Meet in the designated space ten minutes before the start.
- Be prompt or you’ll miss it!
- At 12 o’clock read silently for 15 minutes.
- No talking please!
- Once the 15 minutes is completed applaud.
- Disperse and meet at the African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester, LE2 0UD, by 12:30pm to read aloud a short extract from the book you are reading.
- Finish at 2:30pm.
Books we are recommending for #RaBA 2019
- Some Things, Panya Banjoko, Burning Eye Books. (Poetry)
- The Bone Readers, Jacob Ross, Peepal Tree Press (crime fiction)
- Dream Dreams, Sandra Pollock, SanRoo Publishing (Poetry)
Any other black author…
Join us for fun, bring your children, grandchildren, grandparents, and friends.
Share with us your favourite Black Authors in the comments space below: