Agent : Julia Churchill
Kandace Chimbiri (writing as K.N. Chimbiri) started out as a self-published author.
She didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, however, she was greatly disturbed by the lack of diversity in children’s books, particularly in Black history. In 2009, Kandace set up her own one-woman publishing house to address this inequity. Over the next decade she researched, wrote, published and distributed four Black history books for children from her spare bedroom.
She has also worked with museums on children’s trails, workshops, outreach projects and tours. In 2013 she was part of the community committee for the Origins of the Afro Comb, 6,000 Years Of Art and Culture exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
In 2020 Kandace decided to give up publishing and concentrate solely on writing for younger readers. She signed a 3-book deal with Scholastic UK which included a reprint of her most popular title The Story of the Windrush.
Kandace was born in London in 1968 to parents from Barbados. Her parents returned to Barbados in 1980 and she received her secondary school education there falling in love with history.
Today, Kandace lives in south east London. She can’t resist watching movies set on submarines.