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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.
“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.”
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.
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’.