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
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
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.