Date posted 30 Sep 2021

Authors Stella Oni and Colin Babb lead annual celebration of history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK.

Taking the theme Dig deeper, look closer, think bigger - October is Black History Month and GLL libraries will be joining the action with an insightful and entertaining programme of arts, literature and more - sharing perspectives on history, identity, music and politics.

In Wandsworth, author and BBC broadcaster Colin Babb gives a talk on his novel ‘1973 and Me’ which includes reminiscences of the victorious and history-making West Indies Cricket Touring side.

In Greenwich, writer Stella Oni (who is also a Better employee) will talk about her novel ‘Deadly Sacrifice’  which draws upon her lived experience in London and Nigeria. The novel was Audible’s Crime Thriller of the Month in September 2020 and Stella was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon on creating the first black female detective in UK crime fiction.

Greenwich’s programme also includes Baby Rhyme Times and Kids Craft Clubs.

In Bromley,  libraries will celebrate Black History Month for young readers with promotions and displays in the childrens section and via our ebook service.

Dudley libraries will be hosting displays aimed at both children and adults in a number of libraries. 

Wordsley Library is staging a trail where children have to discover and find famous BAME faces that have been hidden around the library.  Cradley, Halesowen and Long Lane Libraries are also doing Treasure Hunts featuring flags from African Nations.

Halesowen Library will get  a visit from a new local Children’s author – whose identity is keenly awaited.


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