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Inclusivity in publishing

There’s been a lot of research and talking about how to make publishing more inclusive. Action is now taking place too. Find out more.

The Scottish BPOC Writers Network (formerly Scottish BAME Writers Network) provides advocacy, literary events and professional development opportunities for BPOC writers based in or from Scotland. 

Inklusion. This project to develop a guide to make literature events accessible for disabled people has reached its target budget to carry out the research and development phase, after receiving support from industry bodies and publishers. It is hoped that the guide will be launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2022.

Rethinking ‘Diversity’ in Publishing is the first in-depth academic study in the UK on diversity in trade fiction and the publishing industry. It was published in June 2020.

The Common People report calls for major changes to the publishing industry to make it more accessible for writers from diverse and working-class backgrounds (2020). For more about the Common People project generally, see the New Writing North website.

Diversity survey of the publishing workforce 2019. The Publishers Assocation publishes an annual survey. The latest one (2019) was published in January 2020.

ROAR is a group working to identify, interrogate and combat inequality in Scottish writing and publishing.