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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Erica Gillingham

A native Californian, Erica has lived in London since 2009. She completed her PhD at the National Centre for Research in Chlldren's Literature at Roehampton University in 2016. Her thesis examined narrative constructions of same-sex relationships between female characters in young adult novels and graphic texts. 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. Her reviews and articles on children's and young adult literature have been published on various book review and author blogs, and she volunteers with Poet in the City as part of their Audio Team.

www.ericagillingham.com

Erica Gillingham

A native Californian, Erica has lived in London since 2009. She completed her PhD at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University in 2017. Her thesis examined narrative constructions of same-sex relationships between female characters in young adult novels and graphic texts. 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. Her reviews and articles on children’s and young adult literature have been published on various book review and author blogs, and she volunteers with Poet in the City as part of their Audio Team. 


www.ericagillingham.com


 



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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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 



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Mark Jennett

Mark Jennett is a trainer, consultant and writer specialising in work around equality and diversity (in particular gender and sexualities equalities), bullying, behaviour, emotional health and PSHE. He has worked with numerous schools and universities, local authorities and commercial organisations, as well as the NUT and NASUWT, Stonewall and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

In recent years he has worked with the NUT, supporting primary schools to challenge traditional gender stereotypes through the curriculum. The findings of the Breaking the Mould project - including resources for teachers - are available on the NUT website.

Mark also developed guidance for the Union on encouraging all children to read for pleasure by ensuring that they have access to books and stories that reflect and endorse their own identities and cultures and the variety of families that they come from.

He is currently working with the National Children's Bureau on a DoE and GEO funded project supporting schools to challenge transphobic, homophobic and biphobic bullying. 

Other projects have included the provision of diversity training and other support to 15 primary schools engaged in the ESRC funded No Outsiders project, which aimed to develop innovative approaches to addressing gender and sexualities equalities in primary education. No Outsiders was the British Educational Research Association's Practitioner Research Award in the schools category. Mark has written teaching materials and edited Out In School, a resource for secondary schools that focuses on approaches to discussing sexual orientation and challenging homophobia across the curriculum.

Mark has written and contributed to a range of publications including, Undoing Homophobia In Primary Schools (Trentham Books, 2010) and contributed to the development of DfE guidance on homophobic bullying. He has also worked as a National Adviser with the National Healthy Schools Programme. He is on the board of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education.



In recent years he has worked with the NUT, supporting primary schools to challenge traditional gender stereotypes through the curriculum.  The findings of the Breaking The Mould project – including resources for teachers – are available at www.teachers.org.uk/educationandequalities/breakingthemouldHe also developed guidance for the Union on encouraging all children to read for pleasure by ensuring that they have access to books and stories that reflect and endorse their own identities and cultures and the variety of families that they come from - www.teachers.org.uk/sites/default/files2014/reading-4-pleasure-10561.pdf.

He is currently working with the National Children’s Bureau on a DoE and GEO funded project supporting schools to challenge transphobic, homophobic and biphobic bullying.

Other projects have included the provision of diversity training and other support to 15 primary schools engaged in the ESRC funded No Outsiders Project, which aimed to develop innovative approaches to addressing gender and sexualities equalities in primary education.  No Outsiders was awarded the British Educational Research Association’s Practitioner Research Award in the schools category.  He has written teaching materials and developed and edited Out In School, a resource for secondary schools that focuses on approaches to discussing sexual orientation and challenging homophobia across the curriculum. 

Mark has written and contributed to a range of publications including Undoing Homophobia In Primary Schools (Trentham Books, 2010) and contributed to the development of DfE guidance on homophobic bullying.  He has also worked as a National Adviser with the National Healthy Schools Programme.  He is on the board of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education.

 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.    

 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.