New Daughters of Africa at Greenwich Book Festival


Celebrate the New Daughters of Africa anthology with its editor Margaret Busby, along with contributors Malorie Blackman, Bridget Minamore and Diana Evans, to showcase the global sweep, diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of black women writers.

Twenty-five years after Margaret Busby’s Daughters of Africa anthology, a new companion volume brings together the work of more than 200 writers from across the globe – Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA – to celebrate a unifying heritage, illustrate an uplifting sense of sisterhood and showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora. Comprising a wealth of genres and styles, this anthology speaks to the strong links that endure from generation to generation as well as the common obstacles that women writers of colour continue to face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class.

Margaret Busby, editor of the anthology, became Britain’s youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s. She is an editor, literary critic, broadcaster and dramatist. Malorie Blackman was the Children’s Laureate from 2013-2015. She uses science fiction to explore social and ethical questions in her work, which is primarily geared toward children and young adults. Poet and writer Bridget Minamore has read her poetry around the world and has written for the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, along with the Guardian, Pitchfork and The Stage. Diana Evans is a novelist, journalist and critic. ‘Ordinary People’, her last novel, was long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize in 2019.

The session will be followed by a book signing.

This event will be held in Lecture Theatre QA080, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS. All attendees should have a valid ticket.

Age: 12+

Buy your tickets online via the Greenwich Book Festival website