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Hashtag BLAK is a new imprint from Hashtag Press that will showcase the best under-represented voices. We aim to make publishing fair, inclusive, representative and equal. We’ve received public funding from Arts Council England.

Meet the team!

Abiola Bello is an award-winning YA and middle grade author, Helen Lewis is a book publicist. Together, they founded publishing house Hashtag Press (www.hashtagpress.co.uk) and imprint Hashtag BLAK. They’ve since published best-selling books featured in Vogue, Loose Women, in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio and more. Hashtag Press won Publisher of the Year by The People's Book Prize in July 2020.

Abiola was London Book Fair’s Trailblazer of the Year 2018, Carnegie-nominated in 2019 and won London’s BIG READ 2019. Her award winning  Emily Knight I am series has received critical acclaim and rave reviews. www.a-bello.com

Abiola is represented by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

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Helen has been working in media, publishing and PR for almost 20 years. She founded award-winning publicity agency Literally PR (www.literallypr.com) in 2012, building on 11 years of journalism and PR experience.  

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Luisa Maria is Hashtag BLAK's Commissioning Editor. Luisa is always on the lookout for standout books for us to publish. Luisa is a Creative Writing and English Literature graduate from Colombia. 

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