50th Anniversary Celebrations

New Beacon Books celebrates its 50th anniversary starting this autumn through a series of exciting eventsorganised by the George Padmore Institute to mark its pioneering achievemnets.

Never solely a bookshop, NBB has been at the centre of numerous significant campaigns, organisations, political and social projects including The Caribbean Artists Movements (1966-72), the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books (1982-95), the New Cross Massacre Action Committee (1981) and the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya (1980s).

Temporary Closure of George Padmore Institute for 2 weeks from 26 August 2016

We will be closing the George Padmore Institute (GPI) for 2 weeks from Friday 26 August 2016. We will reopen on Monday 12 September. 

NB: If you wish to visit the GPI Archives during the weeks of 12 and/or 19 September (Mon-Fri), please contact us before 25 August to make your appointment. 

Radical Libraries at the Annual DIY Cultures Festivals at Rich Mix

The GPI was recently approached to participate in an exhibition entitled Radical Libraries which is included in the annual DIY Cultures Festival  held by Rich Mix.

Radical Libraries explores the varied connections emanating from activism, archives and collections. The GPI's presence is in the form of three panels from its 'Dream to Change the World' exhibition which centre around the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books.

Launch of Gone To Drift by Diana McCaulay: 16 June

The George Padmore Institute and New Beacon Books have pleasure in inviting you to the UK launch of Gone To Drift  by Diana McCaulay who will be reading from and discussiing her new novel.

Thursday  16 June at 7 pm

76 Stroud Green Road N4 3EN


Cancellation of June 7 Event

The George Padmore Institute and New Beacon Books wish to apologise for the cancellation of the discussion FRATRICIDE & HOMICIDE: experiences of black men in the USA & the UK which was due to take place on Tuesday June 7.

Thandisizwe Chimurenga, one of the advertised writers, is currently unwell and unable to travel from the USA.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Join the GPI and New Beacon Books on Tuesday 7 June at 7pm to listen to writers Thandisizwe Chimurenga and Yvvette Edwards talk about their work and how they came to explore the ongoing fratricide and homicide that is decimating black communities both in the UK and the USA.


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