Calls for trade to tackle 'shocking' lack of black British male children's writers

Calls for trade to tackle 'shocking' lack of black British male children's writers

More needs to be done to address the “shocking” lack of black British men writing and illustrating books for children, leading trade figures have said.

Research commissioned by BookTrust earlier this year showed just 0.35% of all unique titles published in the UK between 2007 and 2017 were written and/or illustrated by British men of colour. In 2017, British men of colour published a mere 0.61% of children’s titles – a low figure but actually nearly four times the 2007 figure of 0.17%.

Inclusive children's publisher Knights Of recently tweeted a call out for black authors to come forward,...

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