Last weekend I went to the UK’s Young Adult Literature Convention, also known as YALC, for the first time. I didn’t know that YALC existed until a few months ago.
A few weeks back, BookMachine posted a tweet that made me pause as I scrolled through my timeline. They asked their followers to tell them about people in publishing that inspire them the most.
I’ve never been a big reader of psychological thriller novels but Darling by Rachel Edwards has changed that.
A couple of months ago I published a personal essay on Medium exploring the topic of representation within literature, in particular, children’s and Young Adult (YA) books.
There’s no denying that the UK publishing industry continues to marginalise the voices of people of colour. For far too long, black women have been criminally underrepresented within the book trade. Things are gradually improving though. In recent years, numerous black women have published critically acclaimed, award-winning, best-selling books; many of which highlighted important issues…
There has been much discussion around the book publishing industry’s lack of diversity in recent years. Every week there seems to be another news article about what must be done to make the industry more accessible and reflective of our society.
“Black women in 2018 are well past making waves – we’re currently creating something of a tsunami.” When I read these words in the first few pages of Slay In Your Lane, I predicted that it would be one of my top books of 2018. I was right.
On 29th October 2017, the country held its first ever Black Girl Festival at Kachette in East London. The festival is the brainchild of curator Nicole Crentsil and Paula Akpan, co-founder of the ‘I’m Tired’ project. Its aim was to “celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in the UK”. The ongoing (mis)treatment of…