Collaborators

Our collaborators are individuals or companies who have worked on projects with us. They have played an active part in delivering the message and promoting the aims of Inclusive Minds. If you'd like to be involved with any of our projects, please contact us. 

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Charlotte Morris

Charlie has been a bookseller for eight years, specialising in children’s and young adult fiction at independent book shop The Book House. She is passionate about sharing books with her local community that fully represent a diverse society, and manages the social media for the shop to help spread the word. She has interned at Hot Key Books, Headline and David Fickling Books, and is an MA student at Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. She is currently writing her major project, a marketing plan for LGBT inclusive young adult literature. Charlie received first class honours for her BA at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where she studied English and American Literature with a year abroad in Venice. She writes as a reviewer with MuggleNet Books and blogs about her publishing experiences at charlieinabook, including her thoughts on attending Booktrust’s LGBT YA conference, as well as the London and Bologna book fairs.

Charlie will be keeping the newsblogs and reviews up to date on the Inclusive Minds website.


@charlieinabook  





Sarah Lennox


Sarah Lennox (under the name Richard Brassey) is the author and illustrator of many, mainly non-fiction, books for children. 

“Wherever possible in my books I’ve always tried to make clear that social customs are not fixed and it’s OK to be different.”

She is also a co-creator of ALL ABOUT TRANS, a project designed to encourage greater understanding between the media and transgender people, something she hopes to help extend into the area of children’s books in collaboration with Inclusive Minds. 

“How we as a society and as individuals deal with difference makes for good stories which are highly relevant to the lives of our children. In all areas of diversity, acceptance only comes with familiarity. Knowing I was transgender from an early age and experiencing huge social pressure to conceal this, I’m very conscious of how much easier my life might have been had there been characters like me in the books I read as a child. And it’s not just the kids themselves who need these books. It’s their parents, teachers and their peers.”

@Sarah_LNX

http://www.richardbrassey.com

http://www.allabouttrans.org.uk 

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Erica Gillingham

A native Californian, Erica has lived in London since 2009. She is currently a MPhil/PhD student with the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University. Her research is same-sex relationships in contemporary young adult literature. Erica received her MA degree in Children's Literature from the same university, and her BAs in Feminist Studies and Literature (Creative Writing) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also writes as a reviewer and a blogger on websites such as The LesbraryIBBY Congress 2012Picture Book Palette and So You're EnGAYged.

 



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Mark Jennett

Mark is a trainer, consultant and write specialising in equality and diversity (in particular, gender and sexualities equalities), bullying, emotional health and PSHE. He has worked with schools, local authorities, Stonewall, the Terrence Higgins Trust, the General Teaching Council and NASUWT. He is currently working with the NUT, supporting primary schools to challenge traditional gender stereotypes through the curriculum. He has worked with Tacade, supporting schools across the UK to develop responses to homophobic bullying and on the award-winning, ESRC-funded No Outsiders project, addressing gender and sexualities equalities in primary education. He has written and contributed to publications including Undoing Homophobia in Primary Schools, a survey of the work of No Outsiders and Out in School, a teaching resource focusing on approaches to discussing sexual orientation and challenging homophobia across the curriculum. 

 Sophie Hallam


Sophie has worked extensively over the last three years to develop literacy and art initiatives as a means to empower children, young people and adults through charities such as Springboard for Children, The Reading Agency, The Ministry of Stories, and Pop Up Projects CIC. Sophie completed a Masters of Arts in Children’s Literature and a postgraduate certificate in English Education at the University of Roehampton in 2012. Her research focused on the theoretical and pedagogical frameworks surrounding literacy and children’s literature. Her topic of interest is ‘multicultural children’s literature’ and the wider socio-political and economic issues surrounding publishing, diversity and representation. Her dissertation focused on Pop Up: Festival of Stories and its role in providing a third space of literary engagement, paying particular attention to themes of critical literacy and multiculturalism. Sophie is driven by a commitment to equality, creativity and artistic expression in literature and the arts for all sectors of community and is a fervent advocate of promoting literacy in people’s lives.    

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Jane Ray

Jane is an illustrator and author of picture books with a special interest in fairy tales, myths and legends. She also works in primary schools and with The Art Room. In her illustrations and stories, she tries to reflect the diversity of the children that she meets and works with. 
"I believe that it is vital that children can recognize something of themselves, and of each other, in the books and illustrations that they look at. To see 'someone like me...', be it in terms of ethnicity, different ability or family structure, helps to confirm our place in the world. I was lucky enough to be on the steering committee of the In The Picture campaign and I am delighted that Inclusive Minds gives us an opportunity go build on what was achieved there. Working in collaboration with other like minded people is inspiring and energising and I look forward to some stimulating contacts."

www.janeray.com 



 Rebecca Brand


Rebecca Brand is a freelance documentary filmmaker and creative communications professional based in London. She has directed and edited a number of short films, including ‘The Campaigner’ which screened at numerous film festivals and was featured in Picturehouse Cinemas across the UK as part of their Discover Tuesdays series. Her creative communications work includes social media portfolio management; print and online design; copywriting and e-communications; and producing, directing and editing short film content and promotional clips. Clients have so far included Pinewood Studios Group, Pact Diversity, The Production Guild of Great Britain, The Eve Appeal and the British Film Commission.

Rebecca has been a jury member for a number of short film awards, including Sundance London and Birds Eye View, and is a permanent member of the advisory board for the Underwire Film Festival. She has also written for feminist and film websites, including Guardian Women in Leadership and Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog. She is currently making her first documentary feature with performance artist Bryony Kimmings, called ‘Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model’. 

@rgbrando / rebeccabrand.co.uk 

Mark McGlashan

Mark is a doctoral student as Lancaster University's Department of Linguistics and English Language where his research, backed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is on children's picture books featuring same-sex parent families. His main research interests include critical discourse analysis, multi-modality and picture books, pedagogy, and gender and sexuality identities and he has published a number of papers. In collaborating with Inclusive Minds, Mark will be contributing years of expertise on how gender/sexuality identities are represented in children's books, how these relate to social, political and economic issues, and how we can develop more inclusive forms of representation.