A Year of Black Joy

52 Black Voices Share Their Life Passions


From chef Andi Oliver to author Patrice Lawrence; from politician David Lammy to poet Lemn Sissay, join 52 inspirational Black voices in this uplifting and empowering treasury as they come together to share their experiences of joy.


ISBN: 9781915569028 Category:

Jamia Wilson


This joy-filled collection of contributions from 52 cultural luminaries from around the world. Discover the joy of chess with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, then learn the moves of the game. Find the joy in stories with award-winning author Patrice Lawrence, then gather the tools to write your own. Experience the joy of food with renowned chef Andi Oliver, then follow a recipe to make a delicious dish. Whether you read an entry a week, or dip into it whenever you are feeling in need of joy, this is a book to treasure all year round.

Contributors include:
Artistic director Davalois Fearon
Florist Hazel Gardiner
Life coach David Hale Sylvester
Musician Nate Holder
Founder of UK Black Pride Lady Phyll
Historian Blair Imani
Scientist Raven the Science Maven
Professor John McWhorter
Author Patrice Lawrence
Activist Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs
Chef Amanda Yee
Poet Lemn Sissay OBE
Meterologist Alex Wallace
Producer and storyteller Laura Henry-Allain MBE
Interior designer Michelle Ogundehin
Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Environmentalist Vanessa Nakate
Doctor Ronx Ikharia
Gardener Tayshan Hayden-Smith
Illustrator Jade Orlando
Student Chantale Zuzi
Biologist Gillian Burke
Oceanographer Bethanie Edwards
Beekeeper Samantha Foxx
Professor Birgitta Johnson
Lifestyle blogger Marie Lahai
Comedian Inel Tomlinson
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley
Artist Andrea Pippins
Founder at Black Girls Hike UK Rhiane Fatinikun
Athlete Kare Adenegan
Photographer and filmmaker Nganji Mutiri
Broadcaster Miquita Oliver
Journalist Candice Brathwaite-Aboderin
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE
Breathwork coach Kathleen Booker
Politician David Lammy
Chef Andi Oliver
Digital creator Phil Calvert
Celebrity hairstylist Yene Damtew
Space Scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Birdwatcher David Lindo
Palaeontologist Dr. Lisa White
Archaeologist Ayana Omilade Flewellen
Co-founder of Stemettes Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
Podcasters Dr. Samantha Coleman & Sandria Washington
Entrepreneur Andy Ayim MBE
Rugby Football Union Chairman Thomas Ilube CBE
Conservationist Tolga Aktas
Adventurer Sibusiso Vilane
Historian Advolly Richmond
Crafter Nerissa Pratt

Additional information

Weight 722 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name Magic Cat Publishing
Publication date 28 September 2023
Number of pages 112
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Jade Orlando
Dimensions 21.7 x 27.6 cm
Weight 722 g


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JAMIA WILSON is a feminist, activist, writer and speaker from the States. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, the Today Show, CNN, Elle, BBC, Rookie, Refinery 29, Glamour, Teen Vogue and The Washington Post. She is the author of This Book Is Feminist, Young, Gifted and Black, Step into Your Power, Big Ideas for Young Thinkers and the ABC's of AOC.

JADE ORLANDO was born on an army base in North Carolina and grew up in a tiny Michigan town. She received her BFA in Illustration from SCAD Savannah, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, greyhound and four cats. She is the illustrator of Bedtime Stories: Beautiful Black Tales from the Past and co-illustrator of Hey You! Clients include Scholastic, Carter's, Amazon and Oopsy Daisy.