Pathways: Bridging Sectors to Diversify Children's Ilustration

Pathways: Bridging Sectors to Diversify Children's Ilustration

10 Mar 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

Olympia Room - Grand Hall
In 2018 and 2019 we learned from two damning reports that under 2% of children's authors published 2007-2017 were British people of colour (BookTrust Represents] and just 4% of children's books in 2017 featured BAME characters [CLPE, Reflecting Realities]. Children's literature agency Pop Up Projects together with House of Illustration, the UK's centre for illustration and graphic art, responded by collaborating with 12 publishers and 9 universities to produce Pathways into Children's Publishing, which launched November 2019. Pathways delivers practical solutions to systemic under-representation in children's illustration through an 'elite', non-academic, industry-focussed programme supporting aspiring and emerging illustrators from ethnic minority and deprived backgrounds take up routes into children's books, mentored and guided by over 70 children's illustrators, editors and art directors, BA and MA course lecturers, and other specialists in the fields of illustration, publishing, literature and literacy. In this seminar some of the people involved talk about the design and pedagogies involved in Pathways, the investments they've made and the experiences they're having, and the changes they're determined it will bring about.



  • Emily Jost


    Head of Education

    House of Illustration

  • Shelley Jackson


    Leader, MA Children's Book Illustration

    Anglia Ruskin University

  • David Roberts


    Children's Book Illustrator

  • Nghiem Ta


    Senior Art Director

    Walker Books

  • Ruthine Burton




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