The Bookseller – Rights – Jacaranda to launch non-fiction series celebrating black British culture


Jacaranda Books will publish a series of non-fiction books dedicated to the celebration and exploration of black British culture, created by writer and editor Magdalene Abraha (Photo).

Considered the first series of its kind, the eight books in the A Quick Ting On series explore topics ranging from afrobeats and grime to the black British power movement, and fashionable, black-haired plantains.

Each title in the series is written by a leading young black British voice, including presenter and host of Channel 4’s ‘How Not To Be Racist’ Chanté Joseph, theater and film producer and writer Tobi Kyeremateng, entrepreneur Tskenya-Sarah Frazer and journalist and activist Franklyn Addo. The full list of authors also includes Zainab Kway-Swanzy, Rui Da Silva and Sophia Tassew. The books will be released from October 2021 to 2022.

The series titles are: A quick update on: Afrobeats by Christian Adofo (7 October 2021); followed by Plantain by Rui Da Silva (October 22, 2021); Black British Power movement by Chanté Joseph (October 28, 2021); The afro black girl by Zainab Kway-Swanzy (November 4, 2021); Black British businesses by Tskenya-Sarah Frazer (12 November 2021); theater shit by Tobi Kyeremateng (November 19, 2021); and, with release dates yet to be confirmed in 2022, Dirt by Franklyn Addo and bamboo earrings by Sophia Tassew.

A Quick Ting On was commissioned by Abraha, who contacted her friends via WhatsApp and persuaded them to write a book for the series about one of their passions. An award-winning writer, curator and editor, she has appeared on The bookstore Rising Star list 2019 and received the 2020 LBF Trailblazer award for contribution to publishing. She continues to write for various publications, including the Economist, the Guardian, me, and Stylist, among others. She also sits on the editorial board of Book Machine, working to bridge the gap between budding creatives and the publishing industry.

She said: ‘A Quick Ting On is about archiving the rich cultural landscape of black Britain, past and present, in an exciting and contemporary way. It’s about providing a space for black British writers to pay homage to ideas, to moments that mean something to them. The series is digestible, relatable and important.

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