On Saturday 28 May, join a free immersive one-day event in the heart of Brixton Village that celebrates the publication of You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, the new novel by Akwaeke Emezi. Everyone is welcome: just show up.

Featuring manicures and nail art inspired by the novel, a selection of romance novels to browse and buy curated by Round Table Books, a book club with a discussion dedicated to romance novels by Black writers, a collage workshop, spoken word performances, a film screening and DJ sets.

Hosted by Faber and Dark Matter in partnership with Brixton Village and Round Table Books.

Dark Matter

Micallar Walker-Smith

Micallar is the founder of Dark Matter, a collaborative marketing agency that works to connect Black audiences with a broad range of films, books and cinema projects. Formerly Head of Marketing for Front Row Filmed Entertainment, and Head of Events for Picturehouse Cinemas prior to that, she brings 20 years of marketing experience to inform strategies and shape authentic campaigns.

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Unit 14E, Market Place, Brixton SW9 8LF  (open 12 noon to 8pm)
12pm – DJ Cyndi Handson
2pm – Manicures & nail art with Pia Aldred & Monica Villanueva
2pm – DJ GIN
4pm – Book Club session with Natalie Fiawoo (Africa Writes) & Patty Aryee (Content Between the Covers)
5pm – Manicures & nail art with Pia & Monica
5pm – DJ GIN

BRXTN Studios, Market Place, Brixton SW9 8LF
1pm – Collage workshop with Birungi Kawooya
7.15pm – Drinks reception + spoken word performances with Poetic Unity
8pm – Film screening (selected by Akwaeke Emezi, to be announced)


Space Curation

Layla Andrews

Layla Andrews (b.1997) is a Brixton-based artist known mainly for her large scale, figurative and abstract portraits. Whilst people form the basis of much of her work, family stories, the natural world, personal experiences, and her lifelong love of second hand treasure all influence her collections. Layla’s paintings are collected globally and have caught the attention of many, including President Obama who praised Layla’s work and encouraged her to further her art career. Layla is represented by Soho Revue, Livingstone St Ives, Big Yin Gallery, and the Old Bank Vault. She is currently the resident artist of Brixton Village, where she has recently curated an exhibition for International Women’s Day.



Pia Aldred

Sassy boss babe Pia creates and delivers the most amazing hand-painted nail art services in London. She’s the founder and owner of Fly Nails London, a luxurious hidden nail lounge in Chiswick, West London. With 10 years experience in the industry, Pia is constantly up to date with new styles & nail trends!


Monica Villanueva

Monica is a self taught nail artist with exceptional nail tech skills. She is currently based in Townhouse nail salon, Fitzrovia.

Art & Literature

Birungi Kawooya

Birungi Kawooya is a collage artist and art tutor inspired by nature, the beauty of Black womxn and the ingenuity of dance from the African diaspora using batik, paper and paint. Her portraits celebrate Black womxnhood, elevating rest, joy and wellbeing. She loves holding space for Black womxn to express themselves and enhance their wellbeing.

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Natalie Fiawoo

Natalie Fiawoo is a Producer and Curator of Ghanaian and British heritage. With a focus on telling stories of the African Diaspora she works across theatre, heritage, poetry, literature and short film.

Patty Aryee

Patty Aryee (@turningpages.official) is a writer, reader and founder of the Content Between the Covers book club. She studied Communication and Media at Birmingham City University and now lives and works in London.




GIN – (pictured, left) Co-founder of Resis’dance, Goldsnap, Nite Dykes & Project Director of Hackney Carnival’s first QTIPOC stage:  Faggamuffin Bloc Party which focuses on queer culture in Carnival. GIN is a DJ & event producer w/ 7+ years experience behind the decks. GIN is currently working with UK Black Pride to deliver events in 2022, whilst championing Safer Spaces Policies in nightlife throughout.

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Cyndi Handson

Multipotentialite Cyndi Handson is a DJ, cultural events producer and co-Director of Black-female led space Peckham Palms.

Cyndi is a resident Ronnie Scotts dj as well as working with her husband Christian under the Handson Family moniker, the two are notably known for hosting djs and events in Brixton Village, Mercato Market and set to be part of Brixton Disco Festival, Cross The Tracks 2022 and We Out Here Festival 2022.



Poetic Unity

Poetic Unity is a Brixton based charity that provides support and services for young people across the UK. They use poetry as a tool to support young people’s mental health, education, personal development, physical health, and community cohesion.

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Magero is a poet/spoken word artist, workshop facilitator and co-founder of ‘The Brotherhood Creative Collective’.

Magero is known as a vivid storyteller who incorporates a fusion of poetry, music and acting within his artistry. He has been described by some as a ‘poetic illusionist’ due to his intricate writing style and ability to misdirect audiences through manipulating their perception within his narrative which often include unexpected plot twists.


Chloe Carterr

Chloe Carterr with 2 RS! She doesn’t tell you what you want to hear but also what you need to hear! Her creativity is more than just a performance, it’s an experience that you do not want to miss!


Lateshia Howell

Lateshia Howell is an international poet, writer, workshop facilitator and founding director of her own non-profit organisation Guided Souls. Lateshia’s work explores grief, loss, identity, and self-actualisation. Lateshia has written and performed for Warner Bros, BBC Radio and big brand charities across London.


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Akwaeke Emezi

An unforgettable romance that will set Summer 2022 ablaze.