Black History Month 2023 – Saluting our Sisters

Black History Month 2023 is a momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to society.

The theme  ‘Saluting our Sisters’ highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities.

This year’s celebration will showcase pioneering black women who have made remarkable contributions to literature, music, fashion, sport, business, politics, academia, social and health care, and more.


Free to watch & listen to during October

3 recordings of remarkable black women writers who have appeared at the festival.

Afua Hirsch with Preti Taneja | Claudia Rankine & Natasha Brown | Tayari Jones


Afua Hirsch and Preti Taneja in conversation| BRIT(ish) – Audio recording from Spring 2018

Claudia Rankine and Natasha Brown in conversation with Alex Clark | Online event recorded Winter 2021

Tayari Jones in conversation with Alex Clark | Online event recorded as a One-Off 2021

Watch a collection of inspirational talks from many Black writers who have graced our in-person and online stage.

Colin Grant | Gary Younge | Jeffery Boakye | Kojo Koram | David Olusoga | Afua Hirsch | Eddie S. Glaude Jr. | Claudia Rankine & Natasha Brown | John Barnes| Colin Grant | Derek Owusu| Natasha Brown | Nadiya Mohamed | Tayari Jones | Salena Godden & Monique Roffey | Raven Leilani & Katherine Angel |Brandon Taylor & Colm Toibin | John Barnes| Lord Simon Woolley | Jeremiah Emmanuel