First book about Notting Hill Carnival

26400003 copyIncredibly no one has written a book about the Notting Hill carnival before. Now Ishmahil Blagrove of Rice N Peas, who has grown up with the carnival, has acted like a magnet to gather people from all over the area to contribute to a book celebrating its history, which goes back to 1966 with locals parading around in fancy dress and playing their musical instruments to the million-strong audiences of today. It covers a discussion about who started the carnival, Rhaune Laslett or Claudia Jones and the history from then on. It looks really good and the photographs are amazing. Blagrove says: “The book is all done by the community, they have all contributed to the book, photographs and so on.” Jennifer Jeffries secured photographs at a reduced price from Getty Images and many more have put ideas and words together and donated photographs to create the book.  “Energies have been rippling through the area,” says Blagrove, “People have come in to identify someone in a photograph, tell stories or bring an image.” So the book is ready to be published in Italy on 9th June and they will start with 2,500 copies.  The book will cost £29.99 and in the future they hope to publish 10,000 copies a year and are in discussion with the V&A to have a 50th anniversary exhibition in 2016. This initiative is entirely led by Notting Hill residents and so if you are in a position to contribute or assist with raising the capital for the £15,000 print cost then it would be much appreciated. All contributions will be refunded from the initial sales. Contact [email protected] if you would like to be put in touch with the authors.  ricenpeas

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