Writing Around the Kids panel discussion with Jacqueline Crooks, Uju Asika and Beth Miller exploring the theme of International Women’s Day 2024, Inspire Inclusion.
Thursday 7 March, 8-9pm. Tickets are free, but booking is essential as places are limited,
Jacqueline Crooks was born in Jamaica and grew up in 70s and 80s Southall, part of London’s migrant community, carving out a space through music, where she raved at dub reggae dances. She has carved out a career for herself in the community sector working with Black and minoritised charities. Her stories have been longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. Named as a 2023 top ten debut author by the Guardian/The Observer. Her book, Fire Rush, is set in 1970s and 1980’s London, Bristol, and Jamaica and is about the role of women in the underground world of dub reggae.
Uju Asika is a multi-award nominated blogger, writer, speaker and creative consultant. She is the creator of the popular family blog Babes About Town and the author of three books including her acclaimed debut Bringing Up Race: How To Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World. Hailed as ‘timely and important’ and one of the Best Books of September 2020 in the Evening Standard, Bringing Up Race earned a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly and was featured widely including Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Hour, Marie Claire, Good Morning Sunday and The Observer. Uju’s picture book A World For Me And You (Where Everyone Is Welcome) was published in 2022 and her latest book Raising Boys Who Do Better: A Hopeful Guide for A New Generation came out in June 2023.
Beth Miller: ‘I’ve published eight books with four different publishers: one of the Big Five, an indie, a digital first publisher, and a commercial non-fiction pile ’em high press. I’ve bumped across genres, from women’s commercial and reading group to psychological thriller to comedy. I had an agent, then managed to lose the agent. But I’ve brokered three book deals on my own since then.I’ve taught creative writing for many years, including for Arvon and for the universities of Brighton and Surrey, and for New Writing South. I also work as a book coach for writers at all stages – 135 of them since 2015. I specialise in helping writers with their query letters and pitches. Some of my clients have gone on to considerably greater success than my own, and I’M FINE WITH THAT *sobs*’