How did Megaphone come about?

Leila Rasheed had the idea for Megaphone after realising that BAME writers were still very much under-represented as children’s writers in Britain, even in the 2010s. She wanted to use her experience as a creative writing tutor in a positive, practical way to support diversity in children’s literature. At the same time, the problem was very much at the forefront of the minds of publishing professionals and BAME writers themselves. It took Leila about two years from the first idea to having an actual project plan, but when she described the idea to publishers and BAME writers there was immediate and warm support (see WHO IS INVOLVED). Writing West Midlands supported with advice and a venue, and the scheme was made a reality by the generous funding provided by Arts Council England and The Publishers’ Association Children’s Book Group in association with EQUIP.

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Where can I find more information on these issues?

See the links menu, especially the following:

http://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/resources/view/writing-the-future

http://www.tamarindbooks.co.uk/downloads/tamarind_righttobeseen.pdf

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/where-are-the-people-of-color-in-childrens-books.html?_r=0

http://weneeddiversebooks.tumblr.com/

https://vulpeslibris.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/childrens-literature-for-white-children-only/


Where else can I look for support with my writing?

https://britishisles.scbwi.org/

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a world-wide organisation for writers and illustrators of children’s books. The Brtiish section organises events for unpublished and published writers and illustrators.

http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/

Your local writer development agency may be able to point you in the direction of writing courses, mentorships, etc.

http://www.arvon.org/

Arvon runs extremely well-regarded courses and retreats for writers working in all genres.

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