Merton libraries celebrate Black History Month

Merton libraries are celebrating Black History Month this year with two author visits at Mitcham and Wimbledon libraries.

Best-selling author Constance Briscoe will be visiting Wimbledon Library as part of her London-wide tour on Wednesday 15 October. Constance’s autobiographical novel Ugly describes how she found the strength and determination to survive an abusive childhood. Her sequel novel Beyond Ugly takes the reader on a second journey where the author pursues her education and overcomes further obstacles to become the successful lawyer she is today.

Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about Constance’s background, take part in a question and answer session and purchase a signed copy of her novels.

Mitcham library will host Jackie Walker’s visit on Tuesday 14 October. Jackie will be talking about her new book Pilgrim State, a stunning memoir which tells the story of Jackie’s mother Dorothy Walker, as an homage to the remarkable woman she was.

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “Merton Council celebrates Black History Month every year to mark the great contributions to our community black members make. Why not come along and meet them and talk about their achievements, successes and lives.

“There are many author visits and other activities planned in all libraries across the borough and I am encouraging residents to check what is available for them.”

For more information contact about the author visits, contact the libraries direct by email at or or visit the Merton Council website on

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