Rethinking ‘Diversity' in Publishing

Rethinking ‘Diversity' in Publishing

13 Mar 2019, 11:30 - 12:00

Fireside Chats @ The Podcast Theatre

Philip Jones (Bookseller) in conversation with Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The issue of diversity is at the forefront of debate in publishing. As shown in a recent survey of the publishing workforce conducted by the Publisher’s Association, while there have been some gains, racial and ethnic minorities remain disproportionately underrepresented. However, this is not the whole picture. In 2015, the ‘Writing the Future’ report, published by Spread the Word, demonstrated how minority writers feel pressurised into using cultural stereotypes by editorial staff. What is the consequence of this for both writers and audiences? How can the industry do better in publishing authors of colour?

In a major new research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Dr Anamik Saha will investigate how the publishing process affects racial and ethnic minorities and the stories they want to tell. The aim of the project is to help publishing houses better both support minority authors and widen the diversity of their audiences. In conversation with Philip Jones, editor of theBookseller who, alongside Spread the Word are partners on this project, Dr Saha will introduce the aims of the project, and outline the issues at stake, and why we need to go beyond the question of numbers and rethink what ‘diversity’ actually means in publishing.


The aim of this seminar is to outline the research, but also invite the audience to share ideas, best practices, and thoughts on how the publishing sector can best engage with the research.


  • Dr Anamik Saha


    Goldsmiths, University of London

    Anamik Saha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. After completing his PhD in...

  • Philip Jones



    The Bookseller

    Philip Jones is editor of The Bookseller, a magazine he first joined in 1996. He lives in North London, with his partner and three children.