So last night I attended the sold out event for the book launch of A Change is Gonna Come which is an anthology of short stories and poetry published by Stripes Publishing. The book features top BAME authors who include my dear friend Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Tanya Byrne, Imua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga, Yasmin Rahman, Phoebe Roy and Nikesh Shukla, all writing on the theme of change.
The event which took place at Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross road, London opened with an interesting and very engaging panel discussion featuring Tanya Byrne, Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence. Although the panel touched upon some serious issues, they still managed to add humour to their experiences which I loved. They spoke a lot about how their parent’s varying Caribbean cultures played a major influence in their lives and work. Although my parents are African I still found that I was able to relate to so much of their upbringing and found myself regularly chuckling to myself and thinking gosh that’s exactly what my mother would have said to me if I did a ‘Fine Art’s Degree’ etc. .
My amazing friend Mary Bello was amongst the new writers featured in the book with her ‘Dear Asha’ story which was inspired by her mother Florence Bello.
To close the event Stripes editorial director Ruth Bennett gave a short speech and invited all the writers onstage.
I left the event feeling truly inspired and uplifted. I think I will now have to spend my afternoon tomorrow finishing off all the paintings for my long overdue new range of Art pieces.
Above pic: Myself with Mary Bello and Pheobe Roy, two of the authors from A Change is Gonna Come
I can’t wait to read my copy of A Change is Gonna Come so will most definitely be tucking into bed early to commence my read of this brilliant book.
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