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Valerie Brandes is the Founder of award-winning, inclusive independent publishing house Jacaranda Books, and is one of the Powerlist’s top 100 Most Influential Black Britons for three consecutive years.

Through Jacaranda Books, Valerie has introduced voices from Africa, Asia and the Americas to the UK market, and published award-winners including Bernice McFadden, Irenosen Okojie and Fiston Mwanza Mujila.

In February 2018 she launched the #TwentyIn2020 project to tackle head on the lack of Black British talent being published in the UK through the publication of 20 works by Black British writers in 2020.

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