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Historian Stephen Bourne receives Screen Nation Award

AWARDED: Stephen Bourne

STEPHEN BOURNE, the British writer and social historian specialising in Black and LGBTQ British history, was honoured with the 2017 Special Award at the Screen Nation Awards on Sunday (May 7).

At the illustrious ceremony, which took place at Park Plaza Hotel on Albert Embankment, Bourne was recognised for over 25 years of documenting and publishing works on the history of Black Britons, particularly in the arts.

Over the duration of his career Bourne has written and published numerous titles, including highly acclaimed award-winning works Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in (British Film and Television (Cassell/Continuum, 2001) and Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War (The History Press, 2014).

In October 2016 Bourne published the first biography of Black British pioneer Evelyn Dove with diversity- led publisher Jacaranda Books. Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen documents the life of the star known as the British Josephine Baker, and one of the first Black women to have her own show on BBC radio and television.

Bonnie Greer, the acclaimed playwright and critic, says of Stephen Bourne: "Stephen brings great natural scholarship and passion to a largely hidden story. His is highly accessible, accurate and surprising. You always walk away from his work knowing something that you didn’t know, that you didn’t even expect."

The Screen Nation awards, founded in 2003 by independent producer Charles Thompson MBE, is one of Europe’s leading diverse media awards brand, and identifies, rewards and celebrates the excellence of professionals who play an important role in elevating black film & TV talent and culture to mainstream attention in the UK.

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