CLPE and Book Trust reports 2020: thoughts from Megaphone

Yesterday both CLPE and Book Trust released their most recent research into representation of authors and characters from ethnic minorities in British children’s literature. This is important work, creating a base of data that can be used to support writers and create better literature for children. Read them here: and here The general conclusionContinue reading “CLPE and Book Trust reports 2020: thoughts from Megaphone”


ANISHA, ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE by Serena Patel Published by Usborne Key words: detectives, funny, friends, family, weddings, British-Indian families, pets Age range: 8 – 11 ish Busy teacher? Skip to the bottom of the page for the summary. Recently, my 8 year old has been asking for funny books. Can you blame him? School’s stopped, thenContinue reading “Review: ANISHA, ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE by Serena Patel”

Tower Hamlets Book Award

Megaphone director Leila Rasheed’s EMPIRE’S END has been shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award. Hooray! The book is part of the Voices series published by Scholastic, which explores hidden stories of people of colour in British history. It follows a girl from Leptis Magna in Libya, who makes a dangerous journey with the emperorContinue reading “Tower Hamlets Book Award”

GAP Arts mentoring for young Birmingham theatre writers

GAP Arts is offering mentoring for theatre writers based in Birmingham, ideally Balsall Heath, and aged 18 – 30. This will be a wonderful opportunity for learning, skills development and growth. See below for details and how to apply: 2020 VISION: Young Theatre Writers . The GAP is just embarking on an ambitious andContinue reading “GAP Arts mentoring for young Birmingham theatre writers”

The Carole Blake Open Doors project seeks applications!

Many of the barriers that people of colour  encounter as writers can, in my view, be traced back to the lack of diversity in publishing. Editors of colour are few and far between, and literary agents still fewer and further! The Carole Blake Open Doors project is one example of a literary agency trying toContinue reading “The Carole Blake Open Doors project seeks applications!”