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A list of Black British Book Publishers

A comprehensive list of past and present Black British Publishers.

This list will continually be updated and amended alongside profiles on each one. Amendments and additions to this list are welcome. Please send them to

Early Book Publishers who were also activists. Publishing was not their sole activity New Beacon Books Bogle L’Ouverture Hansib Publications Institute of Race Relations
No longer publishing. Akira Press Black Amber (Publisher Rosemarie Hudson) sold Black Amber and set up Hope Road) Brown Skin Books Heaventree Press Karia Press Karnak House Mango Press Suitcase Press Tamarind Books (now part of Random House). Publisher Verna Wilkins set up Firetree Books as a pilot but has in Spring 2017 decided to discontinue. XPress

Publishers currently in operation.
Cassava Republic Flipped Eye Hope Road Jacaranda Books and Art Lime House Books Own It Peepal Tree Press Saqi
This is a list of book publishers only (a separate list for magazine publishers will be produced).

Raising the Visibility of Black British Publishers

A feature on  Black British Publishers that I wrote can be found on Ampersand, the book blog of 'And Other Stories'
The history of Black publishers in Britain, much like other areas of Black history is at best invisible, or worse, misrepresented and misunderstood. The irony is that, although Black publishers tell the stories of Blacks in Britain, their own stories have until recently remained untold, even within the growing body of work on Black history.  For example, in one of the most highly regarded texts of Black history in Britain, Staying Power by Peter Fryer, the mention of pioneering Black publishers amounts to one paragraph.
However, 2015 was a turning point as two exhibitions in London featured the work and legacy of New Beacon Books (founded by Trinidadian John La Rose in 1966) and Bogle L’Ouverture Press, (founded by Eric and Jessica Huntley in 1967). ‘No Colour Bar’ at the Guildhall Gallery and ‘A Dream to Change the World’ at the Islington Museum (yes, John La Ros…