Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
6:38 PM 5th September 2019

BookTrust Reveals Stellar Speaker Line-Up for Bradford Training Event

Patrice Lawrence
Patrice Lawrence
BookTrust has announced the line-up for its first round of training sessions, following the launch of BookTrust Represents, a project to help promote and develop children's authors and illustrators of colour.

The workshops will be led by award-winning author of Orangeboy, Patrice Lawrence, the incredible Joy Francis of Words of Colour, the powerhouse behind BME PR Pros Elizabeth Bananuka, agents Davinia Andrew-Lynch and Penny Holroyde-Cartey, and Society of Authors very own Sarah Baxter, as well as a host of other authors and industry experts. The free one-day training events will be held in Bradford and London in September, with aspiring creatives getting the chance to learn about the ins and outs of the industry, from growing their profile, building their confidence, how to run a school visit, working with agents, how to source funding opportunities and tips and tricks for sustaining a career in children’s books. These taster sessions will be followed by further free in-depth topic-specific workshops for aspiring children’s authors and illustrators of colour over the next two years.

Joy Francis
Joy Francis
Jill Coleman, Director of Children’s Books at BookTrust said: “These events are just the start for BookTrust Represents. There is a host of untapped emerging talent out there that we want to help harness and grow. We want aspiring authors and illustrators to learn and develop, and what better way to do that than from those who have come before them. These training and mentoring sessions will give them a much-needed insight into the industry and a taster of the in-depth workshops we will be offering over the next two years.”

BookTrust Represents is a three-year initiative led by the UK’s largest children’s reading charity to support authors and illustrators of colour to promote their work and reach more readers through events in bookshops, festivals and schools, as well as offering training and mentoring for less experienced authors and illustrators. BookTrust’s aim is that by 2022, the number of authors and illustrators of colour in the UK will have increased from less than 6% to 10%.

Elizabeth Bananuka, BME PR Pros founder, and one of the workshop mentors said: “BookTrust's research earlier this year highlighted the shocking lack of published authors and illustrators of colour in the UK, which isn't to say they don't exist, just that they don't necessarily have access to the industry. In fact, we’re overflowing with an enormous amount of homegrown talent in Britain which BookTrust’s training workshops will help to harness; offering aspiring and established creatives practical, tangible tips and advice for building connections, sourcing funding and developing and sustaining their careers as the children’s book creators of the future. I’m incredibly excited to be leading one of the sessions to help get them started on their next chapter.”

For more information or to register for your place -

Bradford on Saturday 21 September:

London on Saturday 28 September: