An (incomplete) List of British BAME Authors for Children & Young People

When the list of books for the 20th anniversary of World Book Day in 2017 was released last week it was notable for being lily-white. I was surprised that a day purporting to celebrate books across the world was limited to authors that are from a small part of it and decided to take a look at British authors for children and young people in the UK that have a BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) heritage. While putting the list together I was helped in this endeavour by a number of brilliant friends and colleagues on twitter and facebook.

This list is not complete so if you have suggestions for more authors or if you are an author with a BAME heritage then please do let me know in the comments beneath this post.

Sophia Acheampong

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John Agard

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Patrice Aggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sufiya Ahmed

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Atinuke

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Floella Benjamin
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Malorie Blackman

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Sita Bramichari

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Tanya Byrne

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Sarwat Chadda

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Joseph Coelho

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Ellie Daines
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Narinder Dhami

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Jamila Gavin

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Rohan Gavin

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Candy Gourlay

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Swapna Haddow

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Yasmeen Ismail

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Catherine Johnson

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Savita Kalhan

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Peter Kalu

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Patrice Lawrence

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Sangu Mandanna

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Irfan Master

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Taran Matharu

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Stefan Mohamed

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Wilf Morgan

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Millie Murray

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Grace Nichols

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Sam Osman

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Anna Perera

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Smriti Prasadam-Halls

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Bali Rai

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Leila Rasheed

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Jasmine Richards

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Na’ima B Robert

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SF Said

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Emma Shevah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Nadia Shireen

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Nikesh Shukla

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Chitra Soundar

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Tabitha Suzuma

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Meera Syal

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Alex Wheatle

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Verna Wilkins

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Ken Wilson-Max

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Benjamin Zephaniah

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Tamarind Press

Tamarind Books was founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987 with the mission of redressing the balance of diversity in children’s publishing. Over twenty years later, the world has changed but the problem is still very relevant today. And so, Tamarind still exists to put diversity ‘in the picture’.

Hope Road Publishing

HopeRoad Publishing is an exciting, independent publisher, vigorously supporting voices too often neglected by the mainstream. We are promoters of literature with a special focus on Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. At the heart of our publishing is the love of outstanding writing from writers you, the reader, would have otherwise missed.

Cassava Pepublic Press

Our mission is to change the way we all think about African writing. We think that contemporary African prose should be rooted in African experience in all its diversity, whether set in filthy-yet-sexy megacities such as Lagos or Kinshasa, in little-known rural communities, in the recent past or indeed the near future. We also think the time has come to build a new body of African writing that links writers across different times and spaces.

Fire Tree Books

Building on the powerful legacy of Verna Wilkins’ 30 years in the industry, Firetree books is expanding, updating and refreshing important messages for a new audience in today’s diverse classrooms and homes.
Firetree presents unselfconscious representations of all children. Our books aim to inspire and entertain readers by depicting the diversity and lives of children in our shrinking, inter-dependent world.

Jacaranda Books

Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd is a fresh and exciting new independent publishing house based in London. We publish adult fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, which cross linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries – books in many ways as cosmopolitan as our city.

The Jhalak Prize

The prize is unique in that it will be accepting entries published in the UK in 2016 by a writer of colour. This will include (and not be limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short story, graphic novel, poetry, children’s books, YA, teen and all genres. The prize will also be open to self-published writers. The aim is the find the best writers of colour in the country.

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  2. Nicky Potter on September 19, 2016 at 10:58 am said:

    I’d like to recommend Holly Sterling, Chitra Soundar and Prof Raman Prinja

  3. Hi Matt – Otter-Barry Books & Lantana Publishing are new imprints promoting diverse books.

  4. Thanks for this brilliant list. I will put a link to it on the Megaphone website if that’s OK and hopefully lots more people will add names. So hard to think of off the top of the head!
    I loved Polly Ho Yen’s The Boy in The Tower Block.
    Crystal Chan
    And Ayisha Malik’s ground-breaking Sofia Khan is Not Obliged is not actually YA, but I think is very accessible for teen readers.

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