Inclusive Minds, the Publishers Association, the IPG and EQUIP are delighted to announce that booking is now open for A Place at the Table on the afternoon of January 28.
A Place at the Table is a highly innovative discussion-based workshop that will give participants the unique opportunity to come together in force to show their commitment to achieving real inclusion and diversity in children’s books.
The discussion will range from the importance of access to inclusive and diverse books, to identifying the barriers, to ideas for practical and commercially sound strategies to enable the children’s book world to move forward.
The event will take the form of simultaneous round-table discussions. Each table will be made up of participants from different industries and an author or illustrator with a commitment to achieving authentic inclusion will facilitate the conversation. These will include Verna Wilkins, James Dawson and Anna McQuinn. There will be the opportunity to continue the discussion and network over drinks after the main event.
The format is based on the successful event held in the US by the nonprofit trade association, the Children’s Book Council, through their diversity initiative, CBC Diversity. One review of which stated that ‘by providing a space for people to connect across disciplines, the event allowed new kinds of synergies to arise.’
‘Diversity and inclusion’ is the hot topic in the children’s book world, but we need to move on from just campaigning and talking about the need and importance to real action, and Inclusive Minds strongly believe that by working together across the children’s book world we can effect real change.
The event is primarily designed for those working directly in the book industry: publishing staff (publishing directors, editorial, marketing and publicity, design, and sales), agents, booksellers and book buyers, children’s librarians (school or public) and teachers. We hope to run similar events in future, but regret that due to the limited capacity of the venue, the initial event will not be open to students or book bloggers.
Participants will be part of a unique movement working towards genuine inclusion in the children’s book world. As part of continuing professional development, all delegates will come away with new skills, concrete action points, and the motivation to apply them in their role within the industry. Publishing delegates will have the opportunity to help develop and sign up to a new ‘Everybody In’ charter, an inclusion and diversity charter for the children’s publishing industry. Signatories will be recognised as Inclusively Minded Publishers.
When and Where?
Wednesday 28 January
The Publishers Association
29b Montague Street
London WC1B 5BW
Booking is by invitation only. To request an invitation please email beth[at]withoutexception.co.uk
Tickets cost £60 and places will initially be limited to one per organisation, publisher or imprint to ensure a mix of participants. Places are extremely limited so book early to avoid disappointment.