Shani Akilah in Conversation with Jendella Benson

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Shani Akilah in Conversation with Jendella Benson

Join us as we welcome Shani Akilah, in conversation with Jendella Benson, to celebrate the release of Shani’s debut short story collection For Such A Time As This.

Date: Thursday 20th June
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Event Ticket: £5
‘A glittering new voice in the literary firmament.’
Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other, Winner of the Booker Prize

“Gabby and Jonathan cross paths at the wedding of a mutual friend. They both wonder if this could be the start of something, but fate has other ideas. When Niah tries to call out her employer for their empty words about diversity and inclusion, she comes face to face with racism reaching right to the very top. Sharna is holding onto her own secret when she sets out for Jamaica to visit her grandfather, on a trip that throws fresh light onto the family history she has always taken for granted.”

 
A richly imagined collection of linked stories that brings to life the stories of young Black-British Londoners as they explore friendship and romance, community and independence, and navigate their way through the relationships that make them who they are.

Shani Akilah is a Black-British writer from South London of Caribbean heritage (Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica). She is an avid reader and book blogger and was spotlighted as a ‘Key Black Influencer’ by DoubleDay Books. Shani is passionate about community and bringing people together and is the co-founder of Nyah Network, a book club for black women and is also the founder of contributor based platform, Bankra, that explored the navigated identities of black millennials. Shani loves travelling, and has spent significant time in Ghana as part of her studies. Shani has a Masters degree in African Studies from Oxford University with research exploring counter-diasporic return and issues of home and belonging amongst second-generation British-Ghanaians. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is her debut short-story collection published by Magpie, Oneworld 13th June 2024. Follow Shani on Twitter. and on Instagram.

Jendella Benson is British-Nigerian author and editor. Her debut novel, Hope & Glory, was published in 2022 and she is Head of Editorial at Black Ballad – the award winning digital magazine and membership community for black women in Britain and beyond. Her second novel will be published in 2024 and she is currently working on her third.