New Beacon Books – the pioneering years

Book launch for The Poetry of Nicolas Guillen in the New Beacon Bookshop, March 1976.  Photo copyright Julian Stapleton (New Beacon archives: uncatalogued)
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. 
Between September 2012 and September 2013, Ruth carried out interviews and researched the early correspondence and publication files held in the George Padmore Institute archive, which reveal much about the history of why New Beacon was created and how it was realised and sustained.
The essay, book profiles, who’s who gallery and timeline that are published here, under the title New Beacon Books - the pioneering years, are the results of this research. The work covers the first ten years of New Beacon Books. The essay, titled New Beacon Books: the early history, has ten sections, plus a bibiliography. To navigate from one section of the essay to the next, either click on the link located at the bottom of each section or on the section headings in the sidebar menu. The individual book profiles can be accessed either through clicking on the book jackets, which are alphabetically arranged in the Gallery of Publications or by clicking on the chronologically arranged book titles in the drop-down menu to the side. The Who's Who Gallery is currently a static gallery of photographs. However, our volunteers are busily writing profiles of these pioneering individuals and once these are ready, you will be able to click on a photo and it will link through to a written profile of each person. The timeline is the last item in New Beacon Books - the pioneering years. It consists of a timeline of significant events along the bottom and more detailed descriptions of these events, including a number of photos, at the top.
Unless otherwise specified, the text of the essay and the book profiles is copyright Ruth Bush. For copyright information relating to photographs, see individual captions. Wherever possible, the source of material held in digital format has been identified, and the copyright status acknowledged.  
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