Black British Book Festival 2023 – Croydon Clocktower

30th - 30th Sep 2023 - Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon

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Atinuke & Kingsley Nebechi

Brilliant Black British History: A Journey Through Time

Atinuke & Kingsley Nebechi

Saturday 30 September – 11am – 12:30pm


Embark on an extraordinary journey through time and discover the untold stories of Black British history. Join us for an exciting and educational event inspired by the captivating book, “Brilliant Black British History,” written by Atinuke and beautifully illustrated by Kingsley Nebechi.

In this event Atinuke will take young readers on a thrilling exploration of Black British history uncovering hidden narratives. From the earliest inhabitants to the Black Tudors, Georgians, Victorians, and beyond, she will uncover diverse heroes who have shaped our nation and give us insights into complex historical events, including the world wars, slavery, the industrial revolution, Windrush, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Event attendees will also have the chance to colour and add their own style to illustrations from the book, with tips and tricks from Kingsley.

Prepare to be amazed as you challenge your preconceptions and broaden your understanding of British history. Through engaging storytelling, vivid illustrations, and detailed maps, Atinuke and Kingsley Nebechi will bring history to life creating a unique opportunity to learn about the often-overlooked stories that have shaped our “green-grey British isles.”

Children of all ages, parents, and educators are invited to join us for this eye-opening event. You will be invited to ask questions of Atinuke and Kingsley towards the end of the event and engage in thought-provoking discussions.

Copies of “Brilliant Black British History” will be available for purchase, and Atinuke and Kingsley Nebechi will be present for book signings. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the brilliant Black individuals who have contributed to the tapestry of British society.

Ignite curiosity, inspire young minds, and embrace the power of inclusivity with “Brilliant Black British History: A Journey Through Time.” Secure your place now and join us for an unforgettable event that will change the way you see the past.

Sabine Adeyinka

Adventure at River School: A Journey with Jummy and Caro

Saturday 30 September – 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Get ready for an enchanting workshop filled with friendship, discovery, and the vibrant spirit of Nigeria. Join us as we delve into the captivating world of “Jummy at the River School,” a heartwarming book by Sabine Adeyinka.

In this special event, children will embark on an exciting journey alongside Jummy, who has earned a coveted spot at River School, the prestigious girls’ boarding school in Southern Nigeria. Experience the joy and anticipation as Jummy begins her new chapter, surrounded by endless opportunities for learning and growth.

But Jummy’s world takes an unexpected turn when her beloved best friend, Caro, arrives at River School—not as a student, but as a worker. Together, they navigate the challenges of their divergent paths, unraveling the complexities of friendship, social hierarchies, and the pursuit of dreams.

Through engaging storytelling, Sabine Adeyinka will transport young readers to the vibrant landscapes of Nigeria and immerse them in the rich culture and traditions of the region. Explore the themes of resilience, empathy, and the power of education as Jummy and Caro’s intertwined fates unfold.

During this interactive workshop, children will have the opportunity to participate in discussions, activities, and games inspired by the book. They will learn about the importance of friendship, the value of education, and the strength of perseverance in the face of adversity.

Don’t miss this chance to join us on an unforgettable adventure at River School. Sabine Adeyinka will be present to share her insights, answer questions, and inspire young minds. Copies of “Jummy at the River School” will be available for purchase, allowing attendees to continue their journey long after the workshop ends.

Open your hearts and minds to the magic of friendship and the transformative power of education with “Adventure at River School: A Journey with Jummy and Caro.” Secure your spot today and embark on a literary escapade that will ignite imaginations and leave lasting impressions.

Note: This workshop is suitable for children of all ages and backgrounds. Parents, educators, and book enthusiasts are also welcome to join us for this captivating event.

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