Online launch event of Jump Up! A Story of Carnival

June 21, 2022

Hosted by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)

Thursday 7 July 2022 from 5.00-6.30pm UK time

The George Padmore Institute (GPI) is delighted to announce the online launch of our new children’s book, Jump Up! A Story of Carnival. Hosted by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), Ken Wilson-Max, the book’s award-winning author and illustrator, and GPI archivist Sarah Garrod will be in conversation with CLPE’s Darren Matthews.

Jump Up! is the second in the GPI’s new series of Black British history books for 5-to-8-year-olds. Cecille, a young black girl living in the Caribbean, is at the heart of the story, which depicts how her community develops their own Carnival based on their long-remembered African traditions. The story draws on the history of the festival, as discovered by Ken in the GPI’s Carnival archive collection. Through this book, one of the most famous contributions that Britain’s Caribbean population has made to our everyday cultural life is highlighted and celebrated.

Ken Wilson-Max said: ‘When the GPI asked if I was interested in doing a second book, I immediately thought of a story about the origins of Carnival that is also about the humanity of enslaved people, and their hope for building new lives, personified by a little girl, while celebrating what made them… them. This book, in a small way, connects the past with the present and hopefully helps readers consider a more inclusive future.

Exclusive Offer for Attendees of the Event

For attendees to the event only, the GPI is offering a free copy of Jump Up! and Dream to Change the World for just the price of post and packaging of £3.50. That’s two children’s books for £3.50!! Information on how to claim the special offer will be provided by CLPE to all attendees.

Click here to book your place on Thursday 7 July from 5.00 to 6.30pm