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This page last updated 21st August 2019

September 2019 BIC BREAKFAST
Reach Out: Achieving Discoverability for Diverse & Inclusive Books
Thursday 26th September 2019, 9-10:30am

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According to statistics compiled by The Bookseller*, of the thousands of titles published in 2016 in the UK, fewer than 100 books were written by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) authors. Again, in the UK in 2017, The BookTrust reported that fewer than 6% of children’s authors and illustrators were from BAME backgrounds and that white children’s books creators had around twice as many books published compared to those of colour.** 

Covering ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability, this BIC Breakfast will explore how the book industry can take steps to improve discoverability for diverse and inclusive books. Attend this session to learn about the ways in which the industry is beginning to embrace and nurture diverse and inclusive authors, audiences and books, and facilitate their discoverability.

We will hear from Andrew Isabirye about Penguin Random House’s Diversity Working Group and how its work has led to the updating of Thema – the internal subject classification scheme – for diversity and inclusion; Chris Saynor of EDItEUR will explain how Thema can help publishers and booksellers to find the right audience for their book; and Meera Ghanshamdas of Moon Lane Ink CIC will provide an overview of what booksellers can do to promote diverse and inclusive books, and the information they require from publishers in order to do so. 

Who should attend?
This BIC Breakfast will be of interest to all publishers, booksellers, data aggregators, authors and others. 

Hosted by: 
Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC 

Our speakers will include: 
Andrew Isabirye, Data Scientist, Penguin Random House
Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Meera Ghanshamdas, Manager, Moon Lane Ink CIC

To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Breakfast, please click here.
Tickets for this event are FREE for BIC Members but there is a nominal fee for non-members. 

Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis. Please do not sign up for this event unless you intend to attend on the day.



If for any reason you are unable to attend a BIC Breakfast in person (or if you find the session to be sold-out), please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope to watch the event live (online)!

Also, if you are not able to attend but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact info@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

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Please read the full Sponsorship Package proposal here.

If your organisation is interested in contributing ideas for a future BIC Breakfast or would like to sponsor one, please do get in touch with Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC's Business Manager, on: info@bic.org.uk or give her a call: +44(0) 20 7255 0513.



Penguin Random House UK is the UK’s largest book publisher. We champion brilliant voices from around the globe, bringing them to life in compelling and dynamic ways for audiences everywhere. From bestselling writers to new voices, bold illustrators and big thinkers, we are home to some of the world's most celebrated authors. We sell and license books in over 120 countries; connecting millions of people around the world with the greatest stories, the smartest thinking and the best ideas.