Dark Matter x Fane: A Literary Celebration of Black Love
Spend an evening in the company of three wonderful authors, as they explore Black love and romance in literature. Chaired by TedX speaker, writer and editor for Black Ballad, Jendella Benson, this conversation promises to be a wide-reaching and enjoyable exploration of writing stories of complex relationships and heart-warming romance.
The event will be followed by an opportunity to ask the authors your own questions and the chance to get your books signed. Continue your evening in the foyer of Brixton House, with live a DJ set by Cyndi from Handson Family and a specially curated selection of novels available to purchase from local bookseller Roundtable Books.
Candice Brathwaite is a critically acclaimed author, journalist, and TV presenter. Whatever the medium, Candice is straight-talking and exuberant, intent on showing the joy to be had in being young, black, and British. Her first book, I am not your Baby Mother (2020) made it to the Sunday Times Bestseller list, and her first foray into fiction (a YA novel) Cuts Both Ways was released in August 2022.
Ore Agbaje-Williams is a British-Nigerian writer and editor from North London who has written for gal—dem, Glamour UK and Wasafiri magazine. Her fiction writing has also been featured on Reflex Fiction. Her first novel, The Three of Us, will be published on 11 May 2023.
Jendella Benson is author of the novel Hope & Glory and Head of Editorial at Black Ballad - the award-winning digital platform for Black British women. She has previously been a columnist for Media Diversified, MTV UK, and Christian Today. She has written for Metro Online and Independent Voices, as well as had her visual work featured in The Guardian, The Metro, The Voice Newspaper, and on London Live.
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a British-Nigerian writer, born in Peckham, who wants to tell the stories that she and her friends have longed for but never seen - romcoms 'where Cinderella is Black and no-one bats an eyelid'. In 2019 she won the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Writing Competition with the early draft of Yinka, Where is your Huzband?, which she had been writing alongside juggling her job at Carers UK.