APATT 2018 Report - Appendix 3

Notes from Question 3 of the Roundtable discussions

What are some solutions, strategies or conversations that would help shift the barriers? What action could you take in your role to help move forward with authentic and incidental inclusion? Feel free to write any action points on a post it to take away with you.


‘Mainstream’ diversity

Constantly remind creators to be inclusive in their books

Sign up to the Everybody In charter with clear pledges

Less homogenous creative teams

Central resource of inclusive books/ easier to access

Treat characters as individuals not as representing entire communities

Use consultants with “lived experience”

Think beyond usual canon /genres

Giving people the confidence to step out of their comfort zone

Have more well-known illustrators team do the pictures (assume mean to raise profile of the book)

More incidental inclusion in all genres/ ages


incidental inclusion with believability

inspiring creativity around book making

reading for pleasure


equal access and equal representation

Look at your whole list

What are the questions we need to ask, to fulfil our responsibility to all authors

What safeguarding training do publishers/book world have?

A language to talk about who you/we are

What are the frameworks to tap into?

ie using human rights framework to discuss

Offer accurate reference points for parents and teachers through diverse books

Be proactive about the language of diverse- ask “Is this our voice?”

More education about the industry

Open submissions for BAME

Be a role model

Industry-wide guide for aspiring authors/ illustrators

Visibility of new (Jo chiming in “and existing”) successful BAME diverse authors

Must see diverse authors

Industry-wide website info (feel a bit as though this means all the Equip, our, Booktrust’s Scope’s advice just sits there- no one makes effort to access as is there- how to SIGNPOST)

Arts Council/ Central Hub

Look at candidates without degrees

Industry mentors in schools (Jo’s idea maybe partner with Patron of Reading)

Black Girls Festival- working with exciting audiences (Jo adds in- also Bare Lit; could partner with whoever organised Tate Britain’s black art exhibition- the venue spilling over with amazing diverse audience – very first time ever felt this way in an arts setting- Reni Addo’s talk)

Responsibility of venues to keep pushing in terms of diversity

Using better to remove bias

Diversity training

Publisher chat on Twitter (Jo adding in Book Twitter, Bookstagram/ BookTube)

Importance of getting things right

Who “owns” the story?

How do they feel about non-deaf writers writing deaf characters?

Have trans artists write beyond trans identities

Coding trans identities by rejecting gender conventions – refuse standard romantic narratives. Communication between friends using cross-gender nicknames

A character doesn’t have to represent everyone

Including characters subtly

Publishers could talk to young people and listen

Ask all authors certain questions

Education in industry re: subliminal prejudice

Talk to teachers and parents


Do things in waves rather than in is

Terminology/ Technology to remove bias

Write up conference for  SCBWI

Affordable classes / sessions /talks with experts

Meet-ups and networking events

Involve parents / get them on board especially with regard to what kids are reading

Reach out to different /demographics groups Get beyond the usual crowd

Look at all areas of publishing; board books up

More inclusive workforce

Need to make people feel welcome

Need inclusivity to facilitate discussions about inclusion

Human rights framework “The search for truth”