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Philip Mann

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Born in Hanover, Germany, Philip Mann moved to England in 1988 where he acquired a degree in the History of Art (First Class Honours). He went on to work with the Archigram group of architects, curating their major retrospective in Vienna in 1994. Since then he has written for various publications, notably Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Vogue. He is often invited to lecture about matters sartorial-dandiaecal in Vienna, New York, Bern and, of course, London. Mann has worked intermittently since 1998 on what has become The Dandy at Dusk, published by Head of Zeus (October, 2017).World rights excluding France Head of Zeus; French language rights, BookBlast Ltd.

 

M. V. Diboll

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M. V. Diboll was a motorcycle courier in and around Bermondsey, London, during the 1970s, and edited the anarcho-punk fanzines No Real Reason and Toxic Graffity. He became interested in The Koran in the 1980s and contributed to The Crescent International, but eventually went into higher education as a mature student. In the early 1990's, Diboll studied at the American University in Cairo; returned to London; and received his PhD in 2001. He holds a First in Modern Languages, majoring in Arabic, and lectures/researches in Comparative Literature in the Middle East. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous media publications, and academic works released by Routledge and the University of Manchester Press. He is married with two children.

 

Rupert Bogarde

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Rupert Bogarde worked in the film industry before heading off for France to renovate a 12th century chapel in the Pyrenees which he ran with his first wife as a holiday centre for young diabetics, until her disappearance in 1993, the basis of his memoir, Daybreak into Darkness. He now lives in Hampshire with his wife, the pianist Sophie Roper-Curzon, and their five children. Book(s)
Rupert's daughter, Jasmine a.k.a. Birdy, won a national music competition, UK IDOL, (Open-Mic), age 12. She is now 16 and is signed to Atlantic records and has sold over a million albums to date.

 

Mounsi

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Singer and novelist, Mounsi, was born in Algeria and aged seven was sent to live with his father, a factory-worker, in the Parisian suburb, Nanterre. He discovered the poetry of Francois Villon and turned to writing in borstal. His mother tongues are Kabyle and Arabic, but he writes in French.
The author of five novels, award-winning The Demented Dance (La noce des fous) is published by Blackamber. He is working on a novel and a screenplay. Book(s)

 

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Onyekachi Wambu

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Born in Nigeria in 1960, Onyekachi Wambu arrived in the UK after the Biafran war. He was Editor of the leading Black newspaper, The Voice, at the end of the 1980s. As a TV producer and director he has made documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. He is currently director of The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD).

Wambu's first groundbreaking publication was Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain (ed.), selected as a key title in the 'Well Worth Reading' national scheme promoting literature in libraries in 1998-99. A second book, Under The Tree Of Talking: Leadership For Change in Africa, (ed. Wambu) was commended by The Rt Hon. Neil Kinnock as being, "a rare and significant achievement." Book(s)

 

Jamika Ajalon

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Born in St Louis, Jamika Ajalon moved to London where she received an MA in Cultural Theory & Media from Goldsmiths. Her short stories have been anthologised in Kin (Serpent's Tail) and Afrekete (Doubleday, NY). Her poetry has been published in the collections Bittersweet (Serpent's Tail), Modern Love (Renaissance 1) and Velocity (Black Spring Press).

As a performance poet, she has appeared with the Urban Poets, Tony Allen Band, The Shrine, in LIFT and numerous DJs as well as solo at London venues and across Europe. Her lyrical collaboration with French dub group Zenzile, influenced by roots dub poetry and afro-beat music, was a fruitful one, covering twelve years and eight albums. Her first solo album Helium Balloon Illusions was released in France in 2007. She formed Jamika & the Argonauts in 2016. Album(s)

 

DJ Tov

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DJ Tov secured a place at INF Clairefontaine, but had to stop playing football at 16due to a knee injury. He turned to music, his other passion, and was first DJ to introduce Garage music to Paris circa 1992. He hosted regular clubs in the French capital, inviting and spinning alongside Armand Van Helden, CeCe Rogers, Robert Owens, Blade (Jestofunk), Laurent Garnier, Keoki. As a producer, he worked with Mory Kante, IAM, Judge Jules, Charlie Hall.

Having contributed a piece, Lost in Music, to XCiTés – the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, he went on to edit Le Foot – the Legends of French football. Book(s)

 

S. I. Martin

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S. I. Martin is an historian, journalist and teacher, specialising in Black British history and literature. His landmark novel, Incomparable World, is based around the Black community living in Covent Garden in the 18th century. This was followed by Britain's Slave Trade which accompanied Trevor Phillips’ series for Channel 4.

His popular walking tours of London demonstrate "500 Years Of Black London," and his work with London schools and various Museums promote knowledge of Black British history. Book(s)