diversity in publishing
With the full support of its members, the Publishers Association expanded its diversity work throughout 2016, looking at how to make the publishing industry more representative. Read more here.
This work included:
- Creating a Guide to a Representative Publishing Industry, offering publishers a guide to the various initiatives working to improve diversity in the creative industries
- Holding a workshop for members on Unconscious Bias
- Running 'A Place at the Table' workshops with Inclusive Minds on equal representation in children’s books, attended by librarians, booksellers, authors and publishers
- Financially supporting Megaphone Writers Development Scheme for mentoring authors from BAME backgrounds
- Collating and supporting members’ diversity initiatives in order to demonstrate what the industry is doing to improve diversity
- Supporting the Spare Room Project, which matches students on work experience placements with spare rooms in publishers’ houses in London to improve regional diversity
- Giving ongoing support to Creative Access, which works to provide young BAME people, paid training opportunities in creative companies and supporting them into full time employment
- Running the “Building Inclusivity in Publishing" Conference with London Book Fair on 15th November 2016. The conference challenged attendees across the publishing ecosystem, and provided examples of positive action in improving diversity. PA members presented any initiatives they are working on to make their company and output more representative; programming for the conference has been collaborative with diversity organisations’ input.
- An Inclusivity in Publishing Award has been launched by The Publishers Association (PA) and the London Book Fair (LBF), recognising companies that have demonstrated commitment to improving inclusivity across the publishing ecosystem.
Seonaid MacLeod, Campaigns Manager
Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations
See more at http://www.publishers.org.uk/careers-in-publishing2/diversity-and-equality/