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BIC Breakfast, September 2019 – Reach Out: Achieving Discoverability for Diverse & Inclusive Books

26/09/2019 @ 09:00 - 10:30


Ticket Information

BIC Members 14 Tickets 18-Sep-19 Free £0.00 £0.00
BIC Non-Members 14 Tickets 18-Sep-19 £12.00 £1.27 £2.65

BIC Breakfasts 2019


Since 2013, BIC has run a series of informal, monthly breakfast sessions to provide an opportunity for anyone (BIC members and non-members alike) to discuss publishing, book supply chain issues, successes, and challenges of interest or concern within the book industry. Industry experts are invited along to these BIC Breakfasts to share insights and swap ideas.

The sessions cover a specifc topic each time and are a great place to network and share experiences / contacts with the rest of the book industry and other industries too.

Each session will focus on one of the following supply chain areas:

– Physical
– Digital
– Data
– Libraries



Reach Out: Achieving Discoverability for Diverse & Inclusive Books

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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.

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


Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC


Andrew Isabirye, Data Scientist, Penguin Random House

Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDItEUR

Meera Ghanshamdas, Manager, Moon Lane Ink CIC


Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis.

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is 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 in order to watch the event live!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event 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 Alaina-Marie Basett at (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

Food and beverages will be provided during the event. Please contact Alaina-Marie (whose email address can be found above) if you have any specific dietary requirements.


Tickets are FREE for BIC members but you will need to register on this page.

There is a nominal charge for non-member tickets.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!


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