Samantha runs BookLove – The Travelling Multicultural Book Carnival, a London-based enterprise and online shop that travels the country with a vast array of multicultural, anti-racist, bi-lingual and inclusive books for adults and children. After 15 years of working in the media as a TV Producer and with no publishing experience whatsoever, the frustrations Samantha encountered regarding the lack of diversity and cultural representation in TV and in books motivated her to create BookLove. The award-winning Book Carnival, now into the beginning of its 5th year and operating online and sends out its parcels of books wrapped in pre-used packaging donated by customers represents the beautifully diverse and bilingual communities around us . The carnival travels to schools, markets, festivals and corporate spaces across, helping teachers and people in general to source some of the best culturally diverse books and toys out there and is often found on Station Road Brixton Market. “Taking books out of bookshops and into communities, schools, pop-ups and offices up and down the country is central to the work we do. Everyone must have access to multicultural books and we want BookLove to take readers, especially in classrooms, on a journey of discovery.
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