Voice and Vision: the importance of diverse representation in literature for children and young people


15.35 – Wednesday 4th July


Libraries play a key role in reflecting the lives and backgrounds of the children, families and communities they serve. This session will explore what diversity is and why it is important. It will highlight challenges facing the profession and the book trade at large and will signpost support.


Juno Dawson, author of ‘Clean’, ‘This Book is Gay’ and ‘Mind your Head’

Janetta Otter-Barry, publisher for Otter-Barry books a new publisher in the UK already renowned for its diverse list

Nadia Shireen illustrator, ‘The Bumblebear’, ‘The Cow Who Fell to Earth’, current BookTrust online illustrator-writer in residence

Jake Hope, Chair of Youth Libraries Group.