20 July, 2023

Capturing the Essence: Unveiling the Black British Teenage Experience in Young Adult Writing

Time : 07.30pm – 08:30pm

Unveilling the Black British Teenage Experience in young adult writing

CHAIR: Georgina Lawton

Benjamin Dean

Tomi Oyemakimde

Alexandra Sheppard


Simon and Schuster

Pan Macmillan

Knights Of

Capturing the Essence: Unveiling the Black British Teenage Experience in Young Adult Writing

Step into the vibrant world of young Black British teenagers through this illuminating panel discussion. Join us as we explore how talented young adult authors capture the uniqueness of the Black British teenage experience in their writing, reflecting the diverse influences that shape our culture.

Our esteemed panel consisting of Benjamin Dean, Tomi Oyemakinde and Alexandra Sheppard will share their creative journeys and the challenges they faced in authentically portraying the teenage Black British experience. Discover how they blend cultural influences, personal stories, and societal nuances to craft powerful narratives that resonate with young readers.

Delve into thought-provoking discussions on the importance of representation, inclusivity, and celebrating cultural diversity in young adult literature. Learn about the impact of storytelling in fostering empathy, understanding, and empowering young minds.

Secure your free spot now and be part of this captivating panel that uncovers the magic of young Black British teenage voices in young adult literature.

Ages 12+

Meet Our Brilliant Panellists:

Benjamin Dean Award-winning author Benjamin Dean, known for his middle-grade novels, takes us on a journey of joy and adventure with books like “Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow,” “The Secret Sunshine Project,” and “The King is Dead.” Discover his captivating tales and his background in celebrity journalism.

Tomi Oyemakinde : Tomi Oyemakinde, a writer from London with a passion for crafting stories centered on Black protagonists thriving across genres and worlds, shares his imaginative creations with us. Dive into his world of daydreams, future dogs, and anime, as he discusses his creative process and literary inspiration.

 Alexandra Sheppard a London-born author with Jamaican and English heritage, is a talented YA novelist. Her debut novel “Oh My Gods” was published by Scholastic, followed by “Fly High Crew,” co-written with the Banjo Brothers. She also contributed to the anthology “Happy Here,” featuring 10 stories from Black British authors and illustrators, published by Knights Of.

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