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Creating a Representative Publishing Industry: A Guide

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 The lack of diversity in the creative industries has come under the spotlight in the past couple of years. Publishing is undoubtedly much more willing than ever before to tackle the issue of diversity.

Our guide to creating a representative publishing industry (click on the front cover on the left) has been created to give you, our members, the information and guidance you need to make a change in the industry.

I want to... ensure my workforce is representative

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Creative Access can help you find an intern from a BAME background

Creative Access is a successful charity established in 2012 with the aim of tackling the under-representation of people from black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds working in the creative sector.

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 Mentor a young person looking to enter the arts

Arts Emergency is a small crowd-funded charity in Dalston which exists to defend the study of arts and humanities and to say that pursuing a creative life is a viable thing for young people, whatever their background.


 Hire a young person as an apprentice in a business operation role

City Gateway is a London focussed charity working to transform the lives of young people and women most impacted by social and economic exclusion.

 I want to ... find and promote a wide range of titles


 Make sure Letterbox Library is aware of any diverse titles you publish

Letterbox Library is a children’s booksellers, specialising in books which celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.

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 Promote your children's books from around the world

Outside In World is the UK organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring children’s literature from around the world, particularly books in translation. 

 I want to ... get inspired!

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 Ensure any books you publish are as inclusive as possible

Inclusive Minds is a collective for everyone with an interest in inclusion and diversity in books, working together with writers, illustrators, publishers, library professionals, teachers, booksellers, charities, book organisations, children and parents to effect change

Read magazines dedicated to international writers

Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe.
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Sample the work of writers of colour

SABLE LitMag was created in 2001 for writers of African descent in Britain who needed a quality publication to publish a body of work.

 I want to ... use stories and authors to inspire young minds


 Take part in a professional workshop to get young people interested in books and publishing

Eastside Educational Trust is a registered charity, which exists to help young people develop their creative thinking, so they can be the problem solvers of tomorrow.

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 With your authors, support a school through a year-long writing residency

First Story changes lives through writing. We have seen how writing can empower young people and foster their literacy, creativity and self-esteem.

I want to ... find the best writing talent out there, regardless of background


 Look out for the writers coming out of Megaphone's writer development scheme

Megaphone is a new and unique writer development scheme, specifically aimed at BAME (Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic) writers who would like sustained support as they write their first novel for children or teenagers.


 Contact Spread the Word to help a network of up-and-coming writers

Spread the Word, London's writer development agency, celebrates, supports and advocates for the diversity of London's writers and connects them with readers and audiences

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Suggest writers of colour for Bare Lit Fest or find new authors

Media Diversified is a young and growing non-profit organisation that seeks to cultivate and promote skilled writers of colour by providing advice and contacts and by promoting content online through its own platform.


 Work with Writers' Centre Norwich to put on author events

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, and work with writers, readers and diverse communities.