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Joelle Avelino

Joelle Avelino is a Congolese and Angolan Illustrator who grew up in the United Kingdom. She obtained a BA (Hons) in Illustration with Marketing from the University of Hertfordshire. Joelle collaborated with author Dapo Adeola to create Hey You! An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black, winner of the British Book Awards Illustrated Book of the Year. And she worked on the 25th anniversary edition of Baroness Floella Benjamin’s classic memoir Coming to England.