ITEM: An in-person UK school event with a selection of contributing authors to BAME YA anthology A Change Is Gonna Come, including a class reading copy and posters for display.
DETAILS: A Change Is Gonna Come #changebook Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this is an anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change.
The event will consist of a selection of four or more authors from the anthology line up, to be confirmed with the school upon arrangement of time and date.
Mary Florence Bello was born in north London to Nigerian parents and grew up on a diet of tales from Yoruba culture. She studied law and worked in finance before embarking on a career as a journalist.
Aisha Bushby was born in the Middle East. After spending some time in Kuwait, Lincolnshire, Birmingham, Vancouver, and Cheltenham, she now lives in Cambridgeshire and works in London as assistant to a literary agent.
Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. She is currently working on her second MA, in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. She co-founded and edits online literary magazine Scrittura and creates fan art for her favourite books – one of her designs is currently being sold worldwide by bestselling author John Green.
Phoebe Roy is part Indian and part Jewish, and is from north London. She has a first-class degree and master’s in Archaeology and Ancient History. She has worked as an editor, tutor, production editor, ghost writer and features writer.
Tanya Byrne was born in London and now lives in Brighton. Her mother was Guyanese and her father was Irish. After eight years working for BBC Radio, she left to write her debut novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise. Since then she has also written Follow Me Down and For Holly.
Inua Ellams was born in Nigeria and now lives in London. He is an award-winning poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published three pamphlets of poetry and his first play, The 14th Tale, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival.
Catherine Johnson was born and still lives in London. Her dad was from Jamaica and her mum was Welsh. Her books include the YA Book Prize short-listed The Curious Tale of Lady Caraboo, and Sawbones, which won Young Quills best historical novel. She also writes for film and TV, including Bullet Boy.
Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in mid Sussex. She now lives in east London. Her first novel, Orangeboy, was the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Children and the YA Book Prize, and shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award.
Ayisha Malik is a British Muslim born and raised in South London. She has spent various spells teaching, being a book publicist and an editor. Her debut novel, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, was met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha has also ghost-written The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters with Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.
Irfan Master was born in Leicester to an Indian father and Pakistani mother. His debut novel, A Beautiful Lie, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award. He has worked as a librarian and a project manager at the National Literacy Trust, before becoming a full-time writer.
Musa Okwonga was born in London to Ugandan parents and is now based in Berlin. He is a journalist, musician and the author of two books about football, a poetry collection, Eating Roses for Dinner, which J.K. Rowling described as brilliant, and a contributor to The Good Immigrant.
Nikesh Shukla is a British Indian Londoner, now living in Bristol. He is the author of Costa First Novel Award-shortlisted Coconut Unlimited, and Meatspace, and editor of The Good Immigrant, winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Choice Award and for which he was named in Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers of 2016.