Each reader has three minutes on the clock, so selection is critical!
The first #RaBA took place in the Nottingham Old Market Square in 2016 and was attended by Sandy Mahal Director of UNESCO City of Literature.
In 2017 participation grew and #RaBA was attended by a number of Nottingham's notable writers including David Belbin, YA fiction writer and James Walker, the then editor of Left Lion Magazine.
Read a Black Author 2018 is now set to take place in public spaces across the country, Birmingham, London, Leicester, Derby and Bristol are already part of the line up with more to follow.
Join the campaign to raise the profile of black writers, locally, nationally and internationally by helping to promote the reading of diverse authors.
#RaBA 2018 will take place on Saturday October 20th at 2pm in various locations around the country. It doesn't matter what age, ethnicity or ability you are anyone can take part in #RaBA. The aim is to raise awareness of black writers and to promote the buying of black books as well as to promote reading in general. Most of all, make sure you have fun leading up to #RaBA by reading, sharing and discussing books by black authors.
What can you do?
-Tell as many people as you possibly can about #RaBA.
-Think about the book you will read and discuss this with friends/family.
-Recommend books by local as well as international black writers.
-Buy a book by a black author.
-Buy two books by a Black Author..
On Saturday 20th October, meet in the designated space ten minutes before the start. Be prompt or you'll miss it! At 2pm read silently for 15 minutes. No talking please! Once the 15 minutes is completed, applaud. Disperse and meet at Waterstones to read aloud a short extract from the book you are reading.