A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Tag Archives: diversity


Shortly before I left school, aged eighteen, the headmaster gave a talk about the perils of the Big Wide World that we were about to enter. He had two important … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment


Tropes! Huh! Wha-aat are they good for? Absolutely nuthin’ – say it again! This probably sums up most people’s attitudes when they hear the word ‘trope’. It’s become one of … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · 5 Comments


DIVERSITY NEEDS TO BE … MORE DIVERSE If I start out this post by saying I have a problem with the notion of diversity today, it may prompt a bit … Continue reading

November 29, 2014

Racial Diversity in YA fiction, Angel’s Fury and The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce

Are there enough racially diverse protagonists in YA fiction? There has been some recent debate about the fact that books with dark skinned heroines have white girls on the cover … Continue reading

November 27, 2014

Murder Most Unladylike and diversity in children’s fiction

Diversity in children’s literature is something I believe in very passionately. Books are all about connecting to something outside yourself, and a reader should have the opportunity to experience the … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

I Am Not a Number by Janet Edwards

There’s a classic TV series called ‘The Prisoner’. People in it are known by numbers, and the lead character famously says ‘I am not a number, I am a free … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Janet Edwards: Diversity 2789

I love meerkats, I really do. I can spend hours watching them at the zoo, I have a meerkat calendar on my wall, and I think a baby meerkat is … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

My Favourite Fictional Feast

An enchanting focus on food, glorious food is one of the loveliest things about a lot of children’s and YA literature. Where in many cases adult lit will talk about … Continue reading

December 9, 2013

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