Valerie Brandes makes the Powerlist 100 for second consecutive year

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Valerie Brandes, founder of inclusive independent publishing house Jacaranda Books, has been named one of Powerlist magazine’s 100 most influential black Britons for 2019. This is the second consecutive year that Brandes has made the list, being recognized for her continued dedication to diverse publishing, equality and entrepreneurism. 

Among her achievements, Brandes was praised for the Twenty in 2020 initiative, which will see Jacaranda Books publish twenty Black British writers in 2020, working in partnership with Words of Colour Productions, founded by Joy Francis.

The Powerlist was revealed on the evening of Tuesday 23rd October at a black-tie dinner held at Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London. Amongst those recognized on this year’s list include veteran newsreader Moira Stuart who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Guardian journalist Gary Younge, author Reni Eddo-Lodge, educator and activist Akala, historian David Olusoga, and journalist and author Afua Hirsch. An exciting new entrant to the list is the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, while the number one position for this year was awarded to Ric Lewis, chief executive and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, Britain’s largest black-owned and led company, and founder of the Black Heart Foundation.

Brandes said of the honour: “I am proud to be on the Powerlist for a second year for something as important as celebrating Black British writing. I am excited for the future of Jacaranda Books going forward and for our brilliant Twenty in 2020 initiative working with Joy Francis and the Words of Colour team. This is one of the ultimate marks of approval for the work we continue to do in driving diversity and inclusivity in this industry through hard work, passion and creativity.”


The Powerlist 2019 was produced in partnership with J.P. Morgan and sponsored by EY, Linklaters and the Executive Leadership Council. The selection was made by an independent panel of judges led by former High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs.


To get in contact with Valerie Brandes, please email valerie@jacarandabooksartmusic.co.uk or tweet her at @valrey.


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