Beth is a freelance editor and inclusion consultant. Having worked at Child’s Play for over 7 years, where she was instrumental in ensuring that the books that they developed truly reflected our diverse society, she went freelance in 2011. Whilst at Child's Play she developed guidelines for illustrators on all aspects of diversity and equality – gender, heritage and race, culture, disability, sexual orientation and age – which are sent out with all new commissions. Beth was on the steering group for the Scope 'In The Picture' project where she met Alexandra Strick, they have collaborated on ideas and campaigns ever since.
Beth has spoken at a number of events and seminars about inclusion in children's books and will be speaking on the subject at the IBBY congress in Mexico, as well as at the Bookseller Children's Conference in September 2014. As part of her freelance work, Beth advises publishers on avoiding stereotypes and positively reflecting our diverse society, as well as reviewing books for specialist bookseller Letterbox Library. She has developed training for teachers on the importance of inclusive books in schools and has spoken to MA Publishing students on the importance of diversity and equality in books and how to achieve this. She has recently been appointed as an Associate Tutor for the Distance Learning Editorial Management module for MA Publishing Studies taught through Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
Alex is a freelance consultant/project manager, with a passion for making books accessible and inclusive for all children, particular those with additional needs. She worked within both the children’s book world and disability sector before bringing the two interests together. She became freelance in 2002, having worked at Booktrust, managing children’s book activity/Bookstart and at Whizz-Kidz, managing projects empowering and enabling young disabled people. As a freelance consultant, she continues to work as a regular advisor and project manager for Booktrust, as well as independently. She runs Bookmark, Booktrust’s website on disability issues, manages Booktouch and Bookshine, advises on programmes like Booktime and Bookbuzz. She has also managed projects consulting disabled children about books and was on the steering group for Scope’s ‘In the Picture’ project. Alex writes articles and reviews, runs Booktrust’s Equal Measures seminars at the London Book Fair, creates book-related resources and activities for special schools, advises writers and illustrators, speaks at events and conferences, has run training on accessible/inclusive books (including international training for publishers) and is the co-author of Max the Champion, an inclusive picture book published in 2013.