VS. Books

An imprint of Arsenal Pulp Press

January 2019: Arsenal Pulp Press and Vivek Shraya announce second writer and book for VS. Books imprint

Cicely Belle and Vivek

Photo by David Markwei

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed queer femme from London, UK, now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression.

They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people, BC Business‘s 30 under 30 and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. They are now the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, a social justice–informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 200 clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Cicely Belle loves dinosaurs, Instagram and YA fantasy.