Diverse Voices?

Curating a National History of Children's Books

As the National Centre for Children’s Books, Seven Stories’ mission is to save, share and celebrate Britain’s literary heritage for children. But how are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic voices represented in our national story of children’s literature?

This free one-day symposium on Friday 24th November 2017 at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books brought together Seven Stories staff, authors, illustrators, publishers, academics, librarians and museum professionals to consider issues around children’s literature and race. Speakers included Jake Hope, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, S.I. Martin, Beverley Naidoo, Professor Karen Sands O’Connor, Alex Wheatle MBE and Verna Wilkins.

Banner graphic: Pen Mendonca, Photographs: Newcastle University.

Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books

Hosted by

This event was jointly hosted by Newcastle University's Institute for Social Renewal and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books, in collaboration with Professor Karen Sands O'Connor of SUNY Buffalo State.

Martin Luther King Jr, painted by Derek Russell

Freedom City 2017

This event was part of Freedom City 2017, a celebration across Newcastle marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.