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, with great success: mentees have found agents and had short and long fiction accepted for publication and broadcast. Danielle Jawando’s And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, written during the scheme, is due out in 2020 from Simon and Schuster.  Megaphone is currently planning a repeated, developed scheme: if you are a writer, publisher or other who would like to be involved, please contact Leila on .

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7 thoughts on “Megaphone: Making minority voices heard in British children’s literature.

  1. Hi Leila,

    I am an independent writer and I’ve just come across this scheme. I was actually considering writing a children’s book with BAME authors. I was wondering whether the scheme will be running again at all?


  2. Hi Leila I am a frustrated tutor who is trying to get African children to read books with black representation in them and the children’s consciousness are so damaged I am at my wits end. What research has been done from this point of view? I know there are a lot on the lack of diversity books but has anyone looked into the impact on the children. I am based in the UK too


    1. Hi Jennifer, I’m sorry to hear that. I must say I don’t know what research has been done into actual child readers’ attitudes. Probably very little!
      It would certainly be valuable information to have. I agree there is a need for proper solid research to join up the lack of representation/ poor representation with the emotional and psychological effects on children (I am now thinking of the Clark ‘doll’ experiments of the 1940s).


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