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Hashtag BLAK is a new imprint from Hashtag Press that will showcase the best under-represented voices. We want to read about love in all of its forms. 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. Kay Kett is our wonderful publishing assistant who helps us with the day to day of running the business. 

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. She is part of The Very Merry Murder Club, published by Farshore and received a 6 figure, 3 book deal with Simon & Schuster. Her debut YA book Love In Winter Wonderland is out November 2022. ( www.a-bello.com) 

Abiola is represented by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

Favourite Book - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume or anything by Jane Green

Favourite Food - Jollof Rice, plantain or Chinese or Caribbean Dumplings (I just love a dumpling!)

Favourite Drink - Pina Colada

Connect with Abiola 


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.  

Favourite Book - The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr or anything by Harlan Coben

Favourite Food - Cheese!

Favourite Drink - Viognier White Whine

Connect with Helen


Kay is a highly motivated and organised professional, she is married and a mum of 2 (now teenage) boys.  She loves to meet, help, and talk to people. Kay keeps track of emails and admin work and generally looking after us all.  Kay loves to socialise with her friends and family, loves to cook, also loves a little tipple.


Favourite Book - Loves crime thrillers and Harry Potter

Favourite Food - Curry or Cheese and Biscuits

Favourite Drink - Rhubarb and Ginger Gin

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