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13 July 2020

Publishing Scotland supports sector call to action

We received a letter from the Scottish BAME Writers Network this week for us as an organisation, and to send out to our membership. 

This is our initial statement - 

We wanted to respond from our own organisation to say that we recognise that we need to listen more to the experiences and opinions expressed by your network and other voices in anti-racism movements in Scotland and in the wider UK context.  

In expressing our solidarity with your aims we recognise that words by themselves are not sufficient - action is required to tackle the systemic inequalities inherent in our society with regard to black and minority ethnic people. 

Our membership organisation is a charity, with a remit to further cultural and educational aims, and we also have a leadership role in our part of the publishing sector where we have begun working through schools, and in our showcases of writing, and regular events. 

The wider literature sector, of which we are a part, has its own set of  responses and we endorse that of the umbrella organisation, Literature Alliance Scotland. We do not presume to speak for each and every publisher in the membership as they have their own messages to relate but our sector is being thrown a significant challenge.

We look forward to working in partnership with groups such as the Scottish BAME Writers Network on that practical programme of inclusion and growth of representation from under-represented groups - in our case, within the publishing industry. The initiatives and actions we all take in the sector in Scotland need to be more proactive and meaningful and have more of a sense of urgency in order to make those changes. We, the board, staff and members, will reflect upon the change in approach and in our values as we go into the future.