Black History Month: Ken Wilson-Max reading at Stamford Hill library

September 17, 2023

Black History Month: Free Children’s Event

George Padmore Institute and Hackney Libraries co-host:

Ken Wilson-Max reads Jump Up! and Dream to Change the World at Stamford Hill Library

Thursday 26 October

2 to 3 pm

Stamford Hill Library, Portland Ave, London, N16 6SB

Book tickets here

This Black History Month, Ken Wilson-Max, our former writer-in-residence, will give a reading of the George Padmore Institute’s (GPI) two children’s books: Dream to Change the World: The Story of John La Rose and Jump Up! A Story of Carnival. Both publications are beautifully written and illustrated by Ken and are part of the GPI’s series of black history books, Reaching New Generations, which are helping to fill the void in diverse and inclusive reading material for younger children.

Jump Up! tells the story of Cecille, a young black girl living in the Caribbean, and how her community develops their very own Carnival, based on their long-remembered African traditions. The story draws on the history of the festival, and celebrates one of the many contributions that Britain’s Caribbean population has made to cultural life in the UK. A section at the end of the story teaches readers more about the subject, as well as interesting words associated with Carnival

Dream to Change the World is a magical and joyful story of the childhood of our founder John La Rose. Born in Trinidad, John was a tireless activist and young readers will learn more about his varied career through a fascinating timeline at the end of the book, including how he helped set up several organisations to support black communities as well as New Beacon Books, the first black bookshop in the UK.

Click here to purchase Jump Up! and Dream to Change the World on the Discover page of our website.

Ken Wilson-Max with the two children's books, Dream to Change the World: The Story of John La Rose and Jump Up! The Story of Carnival


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