This unique event, sponsored by Pearson plc, puts the spotlight firmly on women in publishing and will see both authors reading extracts from their work and talking about their inspiration and influences.
Hannah Pool is best known for her column The New Black, a black beauty column which ran for five years in Guardian Weekend Magazine.
Hannah’s first book, My Fathers’ Daughter, is a story of race, family and belonging, which tells of Hannah’s journey to Eritrea to meet her birth family.
Award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo has been hailed as one of Britain’s most original writers. Her novels have been described as ‘Funky yarns so tantalising you want to devour them’ (The Guardian) and ‘Glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Brilliant!’ (The Times).
Her books include: A novel-in-verse Lara (ARP, 1997) about her family history with roots in England, Nigeria, Ireland, Brazil and Germany. And three books with Hamish Hamilton/Penguin that include a forthcoming novel, without poetry, Blonde Roots (2008), which turns history on its head with Africans enslaving Europeans as its backdrop.
Rebecca Gray, from publishers Serpent’s Tail, will then join both authors to take part in a Q&A, tackling questions from the audience on subjects that include racism in publishing, getting over writers block and how to get published.
The event takes place on Thursday 13 March at Pearson plc, 10 Strand, London, WC2R ORL.
Tickets cost £10.50, which includes drinks and canapés and can be booked via: http://www.preciousiwm.eventbrite.com/
Notes to Editors:
1. Established since 1999, Precious Online is the leading online magazine for women of colour in the UK. www.preciousonline,co.uk. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07956439990 for more information.
2. Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. www.pearson.com
3. Author and journalist Hannah Pool is feature writer on the Guardian Newspaper.
After studying for a post graduate diploma in Journalism at City University, Hannah joined the Guardian in 1996 as a trainee reporter.
Since joining the Guardian over ten years ago, Hannah has had many roles on the newspaper, including: Commissioning Editor (G2), Beauty & Wellbeing Editor (Weekend) and columnist.
Hannah was awarded ‘Journalist of the Year’ by the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners In 2006.
Hannah’s first book, My Fathers’ Daughter, was published by Penguin in 2005. My Fathers’ Daughter is a story of race, family and belonging, which tells of Hannah’s journey to Eritrea to meet her birth family. Hannah is currently working on her second book.
4. Award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo has also co- edited, with the novelist Maggie Gee, the British Council/Granta anthology NW15 (New Writing 15) in 2007.
She initiated the 2006 Free Verse Arts Council-funded report into why so few poets of colour are published in the UK, and upon its publication initiated The Complete Works mentoring project for poets of colour with Spread the Word literature development agency.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
5. Rebecca Gray has been with Serpent’s Tail for two years, as Publicity Director and Commissioning Editor. Before joining the company, she worked for Little, Brown, Abacus and Virago in Publicity for four years and as a reader for literary agents and scouts.