Melanie Ramdarshan Bold: Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom
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In the past few years, UK publishing has been confronting, and confronted with, decades long inequities that have overshadowed the industry. While this is by no means a new conversation within UK publishing, or the UK creative industries more broadly, it has become clearer than ever before that barriers to access into publishing for women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQIA + community and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, remain (not to mention how intersections of such characteristics create further barriers to access). Recent industry reports and surveys have revealed the extent of the industry’s unequal representation, with one major publisher reporting a 25% gender pay gap , only 12.6% of people in publishing coming from working class backgrounds  and only 11.6% working in the industry identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (aka BAME, a favoured but problematic, as Ramdarshan Bold notes, acronym) .
This is the context within which Melanie...
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