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Specialists in Diversity and Inclusion

Specialists in Diversity and Inclusion

The Publishers Association has brought together publishers, individuals, authors and organisations in an industrywide campaign to create a publishing workforce that is representative of the UK’s demography.

There is still a long way to go before we achieve this with an industrywide survey of the workforce in 2017 revealing that BAME employees only make up 13% of the workforce and women account for only 41% of executive board level positions.

If you are looking to improve the inclusivity of your organisation, there are a number of easy steps you can take straight away: pay your interns, advertise entry-level positions widely, abolish personal referrals, implement blind recruitment and provide unconscious bias training for staff (or attend one of the PA's sessions).

You may be far along enough in your inclusivity journey that you've already done all of these things, in which case we encourage you to get in touch with these specialist organisations.



Find out more

  • Arts Emergency.jpg Arts EmergencyArts 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.
  • Business Inclusivity.png Business InclusivityBusiness Inclusivity works with both businesses and individuals to support greater inclusivity in boardrooms and throughout the publishing landscape, and to support businesses in creating cultures in which a range of voices can be heard.
  • Creative Access.jpg Creative AccessTake on an intern from a BAME background Creative Access is a successful charity established in 2012 with the aim of tackling the underrepresentation of people from BAME backgrounds working in the creative industries.
  • Dimensions UK.jpg Dimensions UKDimensions is a non-profit organisation that supports around 5000 adults with learning disabilities and autism.
  • Eastside.png EastsideEastside 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.
  • First Story.jpg First StoryFirst Story changes lives through writing. We have seen how writing can empower young people and foster their literacy, creativity and self‑esteem.
  • Inclusive MInds.jpeg Inclusive MindsInclusive Minds is a collective for everyone with an interest in inclusion and diversity in books.
  • Jobs in Books.jpg Jobs in Books (The Bookseller)Jobs in Books is The Bookseller magazine's careers and jobs platform, Twitter feed @jobsinbooks and jobs site.
  • Letterbox Library.png Letterbox LibraryLetterbox Library is a children's booksellers, specialising in books that celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Media Diversified.jpg Media DiversifiedMedia 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.
  • Megaphone.jpg Megaphone Writer Development SchemeMegaphone is a writer development scheme, giving support to BAME (Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic) writers as they write their first novel for children or teenagers.
  • National Centre for Writing.jpg National Centre for WritingNational Centre for Writing is a literature development organisation interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, and work with writers, readers and diverse communities.
  • Outside in World.jpeg Outside in WorldOutside In World is the UK organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring children's literature from around the world, particularly books in translation.
  • Pride in Publishing.jpg Pride in PublishingPride in Publishing is a new professional network for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ working in the UK book publishing industry, including at publishing companies, agencies, trade media outlets, booksellers and libraries.
  • SABLE Publications.jpg SABLE PublicationsSABLE LitMag was created in 2001 for writers of African descent in Britain who needed a quality publication to publish a body of work.
  • Spread the Word.jpg Spread the WordSpread 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.
  • The Literacy Consultancy.png The Literacy ConsultancyThe Literary Consultancy was the first editorial consultancy for writers set up in the UK, in 1996. Its aim is to provide honest, professional editorial feedback to writers.
  • Wasafiri.jpg WasafiriWasafiri 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.