Brixton Village is set to unveil an exciting large-scale portrait installation across its markets, in celebration of bestselling author Candice Carty-Williams’ first Young Adult Novel, Empress & Aniya, published by Knights Of – the inclusive children’s publisher.
Following the success of her debut novel Queenie, Candice’s new book is a moving tale of female friendships and their importance particularly throughout teenage years. Inspired by this central theme, the Brixton Village installation sees a partnership with Brixton-based charity Milk Honey Bees to create a series of portraits centred around thirteen young Black girls from South London, photographed by Aashfari Anwar. A portrait of Knights Of Founder Ebinehita Iyere and Candice will also be showcased with further flags designed by Knights Of’s Creative Director Marssaié illustrating inspiring quotes from the book.
Knights Of is behind Round Table Books – Brixton Village’s award-winning and inclusive children’s bookshop. Originally founded as a pop-up shop, the publishers received overwhelming support to launch a permanent space with a crowdfund that caught the imagination of readers across the globe. Round Table Books now continues its mission to celebrate underrepresented children’s books, writers and illustrators from its permanent home in the village.
The Brixton Village installation forms part of Candice’s wider campaign to launch Empress & Aniya.