Event: The Light We Carry self-care Sunday festival

An all-day festival inspired by Michelle Obama’s new book will take place on 27 November

On Sunday 27th November, an all-day festival inspired by Michelle Obama’s new book, The Light We Carry, will take place between 12pm and 6pm at Waterstones, 203-206, Piccadilly, London.

Penguin, in partnership with Dark Matter, a specialist marketing agency focused on reaching Black audiences, and Black Ballad, the UK media platform aimed at Black women, will take over the mezzanine floor at Waterstones Piccadilly for a series of activities and events, celebrating the themes of The Light We Carry.  

The day’s programme of activities will include: a floristry workshop, with award-winning florist Shirley Blossoms, to create a bouquet featuring Michelle Obama’s favourite flowers; a book club session on The Light We Carry, hosted by Content Between the Covers; a writing workshop hosted by Black Ballad; kids’ craft activities with Woke Babies, and a pop-up brow bar with Nails & Brows Mayfair founder and beauty expert Sherrille Riley. Afrocenchix will be on hand all day with winter haircare recommendations and a pop-up shop. A podcast recording with Your Aunties Could Never will take place in front of a live audience in the mezzanine café and music will be provided by a live set from DJ Venus Flytraxx. 

All activities are free and places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.   

At 4pm, activities move to Level 3 of Waterstones, where Black Ballad’s Head of Editorial, Jendella Benson, will lead a panel discussion on: Looking to the year ahead with hope and resilience. The panel will consist of Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central; Olympic medallist, Anyika Onuora; and Kai Collective founder, Fisayo Longe.

Tickets are required for the 4pm panel event hosted by Black Ballad, and can be booked here.

Full line-up for the day:

Mezzanine Level:

12-1.30pm: Floristry workshop with Shirley Blossoms

2-2.45pm: Book Club session with Between the Covers

3-4pm: Live podcast session with Your Aunties Could Never

12-1pm: Writing Workshop with Black Ballad

1-4pm: Kids’ Empowerment Crafts with Woke Babies

12-4pm: Beautiful Brows with Nails and Brows Mayfair

Level 3


The Light We Carry, A panel discussion featuring Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central; Olympic medallist, Anyika Onuora and Kai Collective founder, Fisayo Longe, chaired by Black Ballad Head of Editorial, Jendella Benson.

Find out more about The Light We Carry here.

In The Light We Carry, the former First Lady shares her practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today's highly uncertain world. A mother, daughter, spouse and friend, she shares fresh stories, her insightful reflections on change and the earned wisdom that helps her continue to "become." With her trademark humour, candour, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

The Light We Carry will inspire readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.

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