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Afternoon Tea with Serlina Boyd

25 November @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

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Pop the kettle on and get to know Serlina Boyd in conversation with Afua Adom. Serlina will share her creative routine, and insights on her debut book Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair.



  • Welcome and housekeeping from Afua Adom (2 minutes)
  • Introduction from Serlina Boyd and glimpse into their creative routine (2 minutes)
  • Advice for authors on staying creative and connected (15 minutes)
  • Q&A with audience (10-15 minutes)


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Serlina Boyd in advance, email  SJackson@societyofauthors.org  with ‘Serlina Boyd – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.



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The Line-Up


Serlina Boyd – Author

Serlina is the founder of Cocoa, the UK’s first magazine for Black children aged 7 – 11. Through Cocoa Girl and Cocoa Boy, Serlina aims to support carers and parents as well as tackle the deep-rooted problem of underrepresentation of Black people in the media. Serlina is a qualified childcare provider and has worked in the publishing industry for 18 years. Her debut book ‘Cocoa Girl Awesome Hair’ was published in October 2021 and is a guide to styling and celebrates Black hair.

Website www.cocoagirl.com | Instagram Cocoa Girl | Twitter Cocoa Girl



Afua Adom – Journalist and broadcaster

Opinionated, charismatic and provocative, Afua Adom is one of the leading voices on diversity in Britain. A TV news anchor, commentator, journalist and broadcaster, Afua is in high demand, regularly appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, the BBC, Sky and CNN, as well as STV, Yanga! TV, TalkRadio and LBC.
Twitter @afuathescot |Instagram @afuathesoct


Need to know

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • Attendees will be muted but are welcome to keep their cameras on
  • This event will be recorded, and you’ll be able to catch up on our Vimeo channel
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome



Book your place using the registration form below.

All our Afternoon Teas are free to everyone but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis. DONATE HERE

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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

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Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
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  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
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25 November
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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