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 results of this research are now available for all to read via the George Padmore Institute website, in the form of an essay, 16 individual book profiles, a Who’s Who gallery and a timeline, all published under the title New Beacon Books - the pioneering years
. The work covers the first ten years of New Beacon Books.
We will be holding the official launch event on Wednesday 9th July at 6.30pm here at the George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Rd, London, N4 3EN. Come along and hear more about it. All are welcome!