• Abena Eyeson

    Black British/ Ghanaian writer, creating stories about children

    FAB Prize 2021 Commended Text Prize winner

    Jericho Prize 2021 Picture book longlisted

    Twitter @ey_abs, Instagram @lookingup_ab, Facebook @LookingupAE

    I’m a writer of Ghanaian descent, based in the UK, writing contemporary fiction for children with crossover appeal.


    I’m delighted by the positive response my work has received so far, and I’m looking forward to sharing my future books as they come to fruition, but in the meantime, check out my current work in


    the Books section (where you will find links to bookstores selling my books)




    my posts in my Blog.

  • My Books

    Looking Up

    A book to enjoy

    A lovely birthday or Christmas gift


    ISBN 978-1-916000407

    (Distributed by Ingram)

    Thirteen-year-old Esi is reluctantly on her way to London, England.


    After many happy years with Grandma in Ghana, she is joining Maggie, the mother she hasn’t lived with since the age of six.


    Her move to London, not only forces Esi to deal with challenges she’s never faced before, but it brings up lots of questions about Solomon, her absent father, and Maggie - the answers to which in the end change her life.


    Looking Up is a compelling drama about faith, family separation, migration and the resilience of love.


    " A sensitive and delightful story of tension and reconciliation in a Ghanaian family in London."

    Professor A N Mensah, Retired Professor of English, University of Ghana


    Book 2

    I am currently working on my next book.

  • Short Bio


    I have a BA (Hons) in Law and Sociology and a Masters in Industrial Relations from Warwick University, England as well as a PhD in Development Studies from University of East Anglia, England.

    Why do I write fiction?

    My love of books, drama and writing led me to start creating fiction. I aim to create strong central characters dealing with the challenges that life has presented them with.


    I am married with three children which is wonderful but demanding too.

    Did you know ...

    At school and at university, I loved acting on stage and performing poetry. I remember being the only non-drama student in a university drama production. I guess the ability to imagine being someone else helps me write fiction.

  • My News/ Media

    Interviews, Reviews, Magazine and Newspaper features

    Longlisted for the Jericho Prize 2021

    I am very excited to have been longlisted for the inaugural Jericho Prize for a picture book that I wrote.






    FAB Prize 2021

    I was a Commended Text Winner in the FAB Prize 2021 for my new novel Running my Race, which is not yet published. Thank you #FaberChildren.

    #FABPrize #AbenaEyeson




    Catch a reading from my novel Looking Up on the YouTube channel Stories that have Wings.

    (1) Looking Up: A reading by Joycelyn Manu - YouTube

    #bookreading #diversebooks



    Nataka Books reviews 

    Looking Up

    Check out this lovely review of Looking Up by Nataka Books blog:


    Nataka Books Review: Looking Up by Abena Eyeson


    #bookreview #africanbookreview

    #recommendedbook #migrationstories #ghanabook #blackbritishauthor #lookingup #blackbritishbook #buyabook



    A lovely, detailed review of my novel in Akadi magazine


    #childrensfiction #teenfiction #bookreview

    #blackbookreview #africanbookreview


    Excited to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the #DHA Open Week in January 2021 by the literary agents David Higham Associates (DHA) for the new novel that I am working on.


    My twitter handle is @ey_abs.

    My interview with Afrori Books of Black Origin which is on their Youtube channel.



    Looking Up is now available to buy from Afrori Books.


    Thrilled to have been featured in the Ghanaians in Literature issue of Akadi magazine. Check it out!


    #akadimagazine #ghanaiansinliterature #ghanaianwriters

    Check out my interview on the Black Fiction Addiction Blog http://blackfictionaddiction.com/2020/09/abena-eyeson-2/

    Looking Up is featured on the UK Black Writers Forum website. Click on the link to see the article


    #ukblackwritersforum #africanfiction #youngadultauthors #ghanabritishauthor #blackbritishfiction #blackbritishauthors

    Looking Up gets a lovely review in August 2020 by Bookwormgh. Check it out on https://bookwormgh.com/index.php/book-review/2020/08/14/book-review-abena-eyesons-looking-up/ 

    #bookreview #recommendedreads #yabook #diverseyabook #africanyabook #migrationstories #diversebooks #ghanabook #blackbritishbook #lookingup

    The book launch on 22nd February 2020 3-6pm marked a year since the publication of Looking Up. There were readings from the book, a question and answer session, live music from Coco Mbassi and each ticket holder got a signed copy of the book.

    A cute review by a younger reader on Mango Bubbles Books https://mangobubblesbooks.com/2019/06/22/looking-up-abena-eyeson-reviewed-by-bluesky-age-12/

    #childrenbookreviewers #bookreview #diversebookreview #blackbookreview #blackbritishbookreview #lookingup

    Africa Access reviews 

    Looking Up

    Check out this wonderful review of Looking Up by Africa Access Review in the USA who provide scholarly reviews of children’s and young adult books that focus on Africa. More than 100 African Studies scholars in the US are members of the review team. http://africaaccessreview.org/2019/10/lookin-up-a-family-drama/

    #bookreview #africanbookreview #recommendedbook #blackyabook #migrationstories #ghanabook #blackbritishauthor #lookingup #blackbritishyabook #yabook #lookingup

  • Abena Eyeson's Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    December 4, 2020 · Diverse books,Gift a book,Representation,Black authors,Christmas presents
    As we near the end of 2020, a year that has been tumultous, challenging and life changing for many, it is time to think of Christmas gifts for our friends and family, even though Christmas 2020 will not be Christmas as we know it. As the rush for Christmas gift buying begins, I want to raise...
    December 22, 2019 · Christmas,Bookish Christmas,Season of goodwill,Relax with a book,Reasonfortheseason
    Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New year. Remember the reason for the season. Enjoy and relax xx
    October 17, 2019 · Black History,Support,Encourage not hate,Black British,Black Achievement
    In this month When we celebrate black history In the UK I’d like to salute the achievements of my fellow black people I’d like to acknowledge the sacrifices and struggles they have been through The joy and love they bring to the world Their contribution to civilisation and culture in every shape...
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