We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council Recovery Fund grant today. September Publishing founder and publisher Hannah MacDonald says:
‘At September we have worked hard to create a resilient, low-overhead, remotely-based publisher that invests in its authors, collaborates successfully with other arts and heritage organisations and seeks out diverse talent to develop. At an incredibly difficult point in the arts industry we feel both lucky and grateful to be the recipient of this grant. It will enable us to weather a difficult year and commission new writers, artists and freelance creatives through the winter of 2020 and in years to come.’
It was wonderful to see her book welcomed by booksellers:
We are also in the midst of a blog tour organised by Diana Riley Marketing in association with Hive. Ten wonderful book bloggers have reviewed The Museum Makers and we will share a selection of reviews at the end of the week.
Steve I. Martin and Michael Ohajuru’s guide to discovering the city’s Afro-Caribbean history is out in 2022 September Publishing has bought the world rights in all languages to the first comprehensive guide to London’s Afro-Caribbean history. The Guide to Black London: Discovering the City’s Afro-Caribbean Historyby S. I. Martin and Michael Ohajuru was bought from Charlie Viney at the Viney Agency, and the book will be out in 2022.
The book is an illustrated guide to the impact of Black
people on London’s politics, culture and self-image, offering area-by-area
insights and peeling back the layers of the city through borough maps. Africans
first appeared in London during the Roman occupation and Black People have been
a ‘visible and continuous presence’ since the middle of the 16th century.
The Guide to Black London reveals the ‘networks of
statesmen, writers, entrepreneurs, sportspeople, doctors, revolutionaries and
others from all facets of life, who changed the history of the city and the
world’, from the first Africans in Roman London up to the descendants of the
Martin and Ohajuru said: ‘Together we have over two decades
of leading Black History tours in London. The most frequently asked question we
have both found to be is: “Where is Black London?” The question could come from
an African-American tourist, a white British academic or sometimes even a Black
Londoner. The answer was always the same: “Black London is everywhere!” The
Guide to Black London is our written response to enable that tourist, that
academic and that Black Londoner to find that Black London is close at hand.
Whether in the form of a venue for a celebrated entertainer, a meeting place
for African or Caribbean independence movements or the home of a renowned
writer or future head of state. The Guide to Black London reveals the
impact, longevity and variety of the Black presence across the nation’s
Hannah MacDonald at September said: ‘We are delighted to be publishing this book in 2022. It is a massive undertaking – historical records for Afro-Caribbean women in particular are scant – and the recent closure of archives and libraries has slowed research. Even though this book is urgently needed, we are giving the authors time to uncover as much as possible. The combination of Michael’s work with the National Gallery and his expertise in Black subjects within art history with Steve’s guiding and writing on the history of Black lives in London will ensure a true picture of the city is painted, one that shows what a broad, diverse and inspiring place London is.’
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