Diversity: Where’s the Issue?

Diversity: Where’s the Issue?

13 Mar 2019, 11:30 - 12:30

Children's Hub
Language:
English

Cerrie Burnell (author, actor and TV presenter) and Ade Adepitan (author, Paralympic athlete and TV presenter) will join three young Inclusion Ambassadors (Heather Lacey, Jay Hulme and Rose Robbins) to explore authentic representation in children’s and YA fiction.

In a panel session with a difference, this innovative seminar will discuss why diversity should not be considered an ‘issue’, but something to be included naturally and incidentally. The panellists will talk about aspects of diversity that reflect their own lived experience and the importance of these being appropriately reflected in books. Discussion will touch on facets of diversity such as BAME representation, disability, LGBT+ and neurodiversity, and with a particular focus on intersectionality and its value. The panel will consider a range of questions, including some generated in the lead-up to the seminar through social media and from LBF attendees. The seminar’s ‘illustrator in residence’ Ros Asquith will create a visual impression of the discussion to be revealed at the end of the session. Developed and delivered by Inclusive Minds’ team of young Inclusion Ambassadors, this seminar promises a fresh take on this important and under- explored area. 

Contributors

  • Heather Lacey

    Chairperson

    Inclusion Ambassador and Activist.

    Heather’s experiences of disability led her to study for an English MRes degree focused on the depiction of disability and corporeal difference in...

  • Jay Hulme

    Panellist

    Inclusion Ambassador and Poet

    Jay Hulme is a Transgender performance poet from Leicester. Born in in 1997, he's a winner of SLAMbassadors 2015, and a finalist in the 2016...

  • Rose Robbins

    Panellist

    Inclusion Ambassador and Author-Illustrator

    Rose Robbins is an Author/Illustrator based in Nottingham, UK. Rose has been making picture-books since the age of 6, when she received a stapler for...

  • Ade Adepitan

    Panellist

    Author, TV Presenter and Paralympic Athlete

    Having survived polio as a youngster, Ade Adepitan has since succeeded as an international Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and has built up a...

  • Cerrie Burnell

    Panellist

    Author, Actor and TV Presenter

    Cerrie Burnell is an actress and writer best known for her work on CBeebies, a role that has earned her critical recognition and a devoted fan base....

  • Ros Asquith

    Artist

    Author and Illustrator

    Ros Asquith drew for The Guardian for 25 years. Her strip DORIS  (cleaner for the chattering classes) ran for ten years  and she even cartooned for...

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