Melanie Ramdarshan Bold
Inclusive Young Adult Fiction
Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in British StudiesNew Books in CommunicationsNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in Literary StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books Network May 14, 2019 Dave O'Brien
Does publishing have a diversity problem? In Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, an associate professor at UCL’s Centre for Publishing lays bare the crisis of underrepresentation for British authors of colour. Focusing on the high profile, but also marginalised, Young Adult Fiction genre, Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom (Palgrave, 2019) explores the experiences of authors navigating the ‘diversity status quo’ of the publishing industry marked by significant inequalities. These inequalities, in turn, shape what is published and what is represented, to the exclusion of a wide range of individuals and communities. Along with companion work on children’s books, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary culture.
Dave O’Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh.