Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

LONDON: We’ve Got to Talk About Cultural Appropriation

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Date(s) - 08/02/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Savoy Tup
2 Savoy Street - London, WC2R 0BA

We've Got To Talk About Cultural Appropriation

This event is now fully booked.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you will be aware that alongside a rising awareness of diversity issues in publishing is the burning debate on cultural appropriation. It's been such a hot potato that an agent who will not be named told me recently that she'd had to turn down a couple of great submissions because of the mismatch in author-character ethnicity.

Can a white author speak in the voice of a character with another ethnicity?

Who has the right to tell a story?

With us on the night will be: Tanya Landman​, author of the Carnegie winning Buffalo Soldiers, author Patrice Lawrence, Costa-nominated for the wonderful Orangeboy; Leila Rasheed, who founded the Megaphone mentoring programme; and Alexandra Strick, co founder of the inclusion organisation Inclusive Minds. We are also inviting booksellers, agents and editors to talk about the implications for authors and illustrators. 

If you've attended one of our Pulse events before, you'll know that we run a freewheeling discussion and encourage you, the audience, to share your own experiences and thoughts, often invoking the Cone of Silence.This is going to be an intense evening!

There's a tiny attendance fee to cover some costs. Hoping you can come!

Candy Gourlay and Mo O'Hara for SCBWI Pulse

SCBWI Pulse is the branding for SCBWI events aimed at published members — but most of our events — such as these discussion evenings — welcome SCBWI members at any stage of the publishing journey. 

Note on payment: The payment system goes through a Paypal facility – but you don't need to have a Paypal account. Click on the grey button "Check Out as a Guest" to bypass Paypal (see screenshot below)




This event is fully booked.