This October, bestselling author and Fashion Psychologist Shakaila Forbes-Bell will be appearing at this year’s Black British Book Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. Shakaila will appear in the Young, Black and Unstoppable event hosted by BBC 1Xtra’s Richie Brave. 

Prepare to be captivated by an extraordinary session that shines a spotlight on the vibrant world of young Black literature. Join us for “Young and Black,” a celebration of the powerful voices and diverse stories that are disrupting the literary landscape.

Guests are invited to embark on a journey through the pages of remarkable books written by young Black authors who fearlessly tackle themes of identity, resilience, and empowerment and discover stories that resonate with authenticity, capturing the essence of the young Black experience.

The panel’s esteemed chair, Richie Brave, known for his fearless advocacy and engaging conversations on social dynamics, will guide you through an exploration of the realities of Black Britishness as he does in his captivating podcast series, Brave Conversations.

Shakaila appears alongside:

  • Kelechi Okafor, a cultural disruptor, writer, podcast host, and founder of a dance studio, weaves her experiences as a British Nigerian into powerful storytelling, exploring self-actualisation and community building.
  • Iggy London, an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and writer, mesmerises with his distinctive style and powerful narratives that explore identity, community, and coming of age across various mediums.

You can get your tickets at the Southbank