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New Beacon books presents black Christmas market

HERITAGE: Renaldo and Vanessa La Rose outside New Beacon Books (Photo credit: Islington Gazette).

THIS SATURDAY (9 December), the UK's oldest black bookshop presents their very own, black Christmas market featuring African and Caribbean inspired goods for the whole family.

Items for sale will include food, original artwork, handmade jewellery, clothing, toys plus more. There is also an opportunity to be entered into a raffle with proceeds going to the Dominica Relief Fund.

According to the shop's press release, New Beacon would like to end the year by giving a platform to other black entrepreneurs and offering treats to their many supporters.

2017 has been an incredible year for iconic bookshop which was saved from the threat of closure, after a successful crowd-fund raised more than £10,000.

The shop’s owners launched the campaign after they were struggling to find the money to pay for repairs to the shop’s roof and build a website to enable it compete in the growing market for digital books.

Fears were also high that a heritage of black British literature would not be passed down to young black people.

At the time Renaldo La Rose, grandson of poet John La Rose who founded the shop in 1966 along with his wife Sarah White, told The Voice :

“The book store wants to revive the community spirit and give young talented individuals practical support by providing advice and helping them to publish their work.”

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