Hosted at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, the inaugural Hammersmith and Fulham Writers' Festival was a celebration of Black writers organised by Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm.
After teaching online creative writing classes last year, Rasheda wanted to organise an event where writers from her local community could come together. The festival hosted a number of authors who were published through Jacaranda's #TwentyIn2020 campaign, including Kabir Kareem-Bello, Esua Jane Goldsmith, and Njambi McGrath. Best-selling author Dorothy Koomson was also interviewed by Stella Oni (Deadly Sacrifice) about Koomson's new book and writing journey.
The event was praised by acclaimed author and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, who said: “The Hammersmith and Fulham Writers’ Festival has come to bring joy to the world. The festival is a great space for writers and readers to engage with each other, and a great place for us to open up... I wish all the participants the best as they spread their creative love.”
There are plans for another festival next year. If you would like to be involved, head to to the website here.