Hashtag BLAK is a new publishing house that will showcase the best under-represented voices. We aim to make publishing fair, inclusive, representative and equal. We’re supported by Spread The Word.

Meet the co-directors Abiola Bello & Helen Lewis.

Abiola Bello is an award-winning YA and middle grade author, Helen Lewis is a book publicist. Together, they founded The Author School (www.theauthorschool.com) in 2015, and collaborative publishing house Hashtag Press followed in 2017. They’ve since published best-selling books featured on Loose Women, in the New York Times, The Guardian and on BBC Radio. 

Abiola was London Book Fair’s Trailblazer of the Year 2018, Carnegie-nominated in 2019 and won London’s BIG READ 2019. Her books, Emily Knight I Am… and Emily Knight I Am Awakened received critical acclaim and rave reviews. She’s working on the screen version and her third book Emily Knight I am...Becoming is out September 2020 www.a-bello.com


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. Helen also represents five authors at a time as a literary agent and travels the world attending book fairs. 

Hashtag BLAK is an imprint of Hashtag Press www.hashtagpress.co.uk

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