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The Black Bookcase festival returns May 18

PROMOTING BLACK AUTHORS AND CREATIVES: The Black Bookcase - Luton African Books, Arts & Craft Fest 2019 founder Dee Bailey

RESIDENT CHEF Patti Sloley, poet and self-love enthusiast Tene Edwards, photographer and Gateway Women Facilitator Yvonne John and primary school teacher Natalie Wedderburn, are amongst a group of inspiring authors taking part in The Black Bookcase - Luton African Books, Arts & Craft Fest 2019, a new initiative to encourage the community to read books by black authors and support black creatives that have a positive impact on society and culture.

Launching on Saturday, May 18, at Luton Sixth Form College and organised by Dee Bailey, this family event will comprise a day-long of key note speakers, creative mini workshops, 37 exhibition stalls, African drumming, spoken word, performances, a mini fashion show, plus plenty more.

The Black Bookcase was initially planned to be a local event in Luton, but the project has managed to capture the attention of creatives from as far as Birmingham, London and even High Wycombe making it now a national event.

Twenty-five authors will be on hand to tell their stories and present their books, with the youngest being only 10 years old. Life coach Haneefah Muhammad and Pan-African activist Makonnen Sankofa are delighted to be launching their new books on this very day. With local and big name sponsors on board, including The Voice, Marcia M Spence Publishing House and Pamtengo Radio, it is clear that the project has legs. Dee thinks the events popularity shows the need for more spaces dedicated to black creatives.

The event is free and tickets will be available to reserve on

Founded by Dee Bailey in 2014, Simply Deez Events have been bringing people of all cultures together to share and bring about change. “I am not looking to change the world but if we could all change the world for one person.... Feeling truly blessed and grateful to be living my purpose, living my legacy through my passion and community involvement,” said Dee.

Supporters of Dee’s work are also invited to nominate her online for Positive Role Model on National Diversity Awards website.

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