Megaphone is a writer development scheme, giving support to BAME (Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic) writers as they write their first novel for children or teenagers. The scheme ran from April 2016 – May 2017, and we hope to repeat and develop it. In the meantime, you can find out more and get a taste of the brilliant stories produced by the five writers who were on the Megaphone programme, here:

Events coming up in 2017:
LIVERPOOL: We’ll be at the Bluecoat on 30th September for a panel in conjunction with their Abacus exhibition, about alternative education.

BIRMINGHAM: We’ve joined forces with Little Tiger, publishers of the new BAME-authored YA anthology. A Change is Gonna Come, for a writer networking day which will be packed full of energy and ideas. Join us on 8th October at the Birmingham Book Festival for Making Change.

YORK/National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE): Leila Rasheed will be presenting a paper on Megaphone at the NAWE conference in November in York.

Looking for more information?
On the blog, you can see interviews with the 2016 – 2017 participants. You can also listen to two of the participants talking about their experience of Megaphone on the Brum Radio Book show: skip to 14:00 to hear them. On the Who’s Involved page you can read about the funders, publishers and authors who support the scheme. To read a progress report (further evaluation is coming), please click the link below: (you will need a .pdf file reader which is free: Megaphone interim report for website

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