how to support afrori books’ move to their new home

Afrori Books, the UK’s largest supplier of books by black authors, has been saved from closure after finding a new home at the Brighthelm Centre on North Road.

But they still need to raise more money to cover the costs of the move and support the brilliant work they do for the community – read on to find out what you can do to help.

After being told just four days before Christmas 2022 that rents would quadruple from April 2023 at the bookshop’s current Kensington Street site, owner Carolynn Bain was forced to launch a swift search to find a more affordable new home for the shop, which attracts visitors from all over the country.

Thankfully, huge amounts of hard work and stress have paid off – on 23rd April, the much-loved community bookshop will be moving into the Brighthelm Centre. Their new home will offer them heaps more space and flexibility, and we couldn’t be happier for them.

Obviously such a move is costly in the extreme, so they set up a fundraiser to help them cover moving costs, advance rent, shop-fitting and more.

You can still donate to their crowdfunder here – every little helps. As well as supporting black authors and being a voice against injustice, they run a huge variety of vital community events, from black hair education, anti-racist kids workshops and pay-it-forward events to popular author supper clubs and the Brighton Book Festival (back for the second edition this year!).

Finally, if you’re looking for a great new read, we’d highly recommend Maame, their March book of the month and also Fire Rush (both top-notch recommendations from Carolynn herself).

Look out for our interview with Carolynn, coming soon!

Fundraiser party on Thursday 30th March; 7pm – 11pm (get there early!)
Brighton Unitarian Church New Road Brighton BN1 1UF