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The Politics of Inclusivity

Episode 49 of Live It has been a very challenging time for a lot of people with the UK General Election. Political views have come to the forefront, and it may be tough to discover that the people you work with have opposing views to you. It is always said you should never discuss […]

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

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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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Welcome to bookcareers LIVE

We are delighted to announce our new bookcareers podcast and platform LIVE. You can listen to the first episode about Cliques in Publishing and find out all that is going on with   You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or using the rss Please join the discussion on social media using […]

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Building Inclusivity in Publishing

Building Inclusivity in Publishing 2018 is a half day conference, building on the success of the past two years’ full day events. Much has been achieved in the book industry, from charters, new Inclusion Director roles and new imprints, to BAME traineeships, spare room projects and increasing number of role models. But there is  much more to be done to achieve full inclusion.

All credible analysis  indicates that more diverse teams lead to better problem solving, greater innovation and ultimately, competitive advantage. There is a striking connection between strong commercial performance and cognitive diversity. It’s the right thing to do ethically, but also it’s the right thing commercially.  The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, remains committed to keep this important topic on the publishing agenda. The cost to attend the half-day includes a number of free places for unemployed publishing professionals; highly discounted tickets for students and sole traders/ consultants and very competitive prices for businesses in the book and wider creative industry worlds.  Topics under discussion this year will be regional diversity, children’s entertainment, and the class ceiling. In addition, for each full price ticket bought, The London Book Fair will make a contribution to the Spare Room Project.  The format will include case studies, inspiring talks, and panels, and speakers will be new voices from books and aligned creative industries.

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Rewriting the (Rule)Book: Innovation and Disruption in Publishing

Too often publishing gets a bad rap for being averse to change – the dinosaur of the creative industries. But is this really the case? Audio is booming, VR is the next big thing, and more and more companies have finally begun to walk the walk on access and inclusivity.

A period of significant change is underway. Organisations and professionals turning to the old rulebook are finding that it is no longer fit for purpose… but those daring enough have decided to write their own.

Under the streams, Write Your Own StoryRulebreakers and By the Book, the SYP’s 2018 Autumn Conference will shine a light on the movers and shakers, big and small, that are changing the face of the industry and carving new paths for publishing success.

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Why remote working is the key to diversity

Many areas of publishing are anxious to innovate and, quite rightly, want to increase the diversity of their workforce. Innovation usually focuses on solutions to improve publishing’s outputs—the revenue-generating products and services which pay the bills. But the tendrils of innovation should also reach out to address the needs of that most crucial of inputs—the […]

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Spare Room Project is launched

The Spare Room Project has recently launched, which is designed as a practical initiative aimed at helping regional diversity in publishing, and led by James Spackman of Pursuit Agency. The Project will match students from outside publishing with a publishing professional in the capital (London), offering them accommodation for a week in July or August. […]

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