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’re supported by Spread The Word and 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 on Loose Women, in the New York Times, The Guardian and on BBC Radio. 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 books, Emily Knight I am… and Emily Knight I am Awakened received critical acclaim and rave reviews. Her third book Emily Knight I am...Becoming is out September 17th 2020 www.a-bello.com

Abiola is signed to 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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