Megaphone is a writer development scheme, giving support to writers of colour in the UK as they write their first novel for children or teenagers.


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13 thoughts on “Megaphone: Making all our 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).


  3. Hi,
    Does our writing have to have black representation?
    I am a BAME writer, but my stories mainly contain animal characters.


    1. So very sorry for my late reply – Megaphone has been on a break, as I’m a one-person organisation and have had a lot of committments in the past couple of years. No, you do not have to have black representation in your writing. Megaphone is about supporting and developing authors of colour in their individual creativity and whatever they wish to write – animals are fine.


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