NEW BEACON BOOKS - the pioneering years

The George Padmore Institute's first online publication was launched earlier this year and is now available to freely download or read online.

Online Publication Now Available

REMINDER: The online publication 'New Beacon Books - the pioneering years' was launched on the 9th July and is now available for reading via the George Padmore Institute website ( and free downloads in whole or in part for lecturers, students and any other interested persons.

Sarah White and Linton Kwesi Johnson on BBC Radio 3 programme Free Thinking

Listen to Sarah White and GPI trustee Linton Kwesi Johnson talking about the history of New Beacon Books tonight on the BBC Radio 3 programme Free Thinking at 10pm. Details below.
Radical Bookshops, Philip Hensher
Duration: 45 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 17 June 2014 at 10pm

Celebration and Reading with Barbara Jenkins

Launch of Online Publication "New Beacon Books - the pioneering years"

As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded Dream to Change the World Project, Dr. Ruth Bush has undertaken an original and valuable piece of research on the early origins of New Beacon Books, the UK’s first black publishing house and book shop. Central to this study is John La Rose, founder of New Beacon, who was able to commission many of New Beacon’s publications through his close personal contacts and friendships with a number of writers. 

An Evening With Lloyd Bradley

New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute present their second joint event for 2014: An Evening With Lloyd Bradley on Thursday 10th April.

Bradley will be reading from and discussing his current book 'Sounds Like London 100 Years of Black Music In The Capital'. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed, best-selling 'Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King'. New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute look forward to seeing you at this stimulating evening.



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