Sarah White

Born in England, Sarah White started life as a science historian and worked for some 15 years as the Soviet Science consultant to the New Scientist magazine.

She and her partner John La Rose founded New Beacon Books in 1966. Since then she has worked in the bookshop, the international book service and the publishing and was instrumental along with other New Beacon members in promoting the use of multicultural and anti-racist resources in schools, colleges, universities and public libraries. At the end of 2016 she retired from the daily retail work of the bookshop.

Sarah White was a founder member of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books (1982-1995), and the founding Trustee Secretary of the George Padmore Institute (1991), which post she holds to today. She has been closely involved with the development of the archive collections at the Institute helping to oversee a number of important Heritage Lottery Fund projects such as the recent five year Dream to Change the World Project which ended in 2015 with a very successful exhibition in at Islington Museum on John’s life and legacy.

She has worked actively on the GPI’s publishing programme, jointly editing Changing Britannia (1999) and Building Britannia (2002), in the ‘Life Experience With Britain’ series, and A Meeting of the Continents: The International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books 1982-95 – Revisited (2005). As part of their recent five year Project, Sarah together with other trustees worked on the re-issuing of two key historical documents: The New Cross Massacre Story and Mangrove Nine (dvd) as well as a book of essays by John La Rose: Unending Journey. In 2016 the GPI published Beacon of Hope …… as part of their celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Beacon Books and Sarah is currently working an illustrated book of the 2015 exhibition.