The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited
Creating Inclusive Bookshops

Diversity & Inclusiveness in Bookselling is increasingly important in what can feel like a fractured world, and the BA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace of its own, and to helping BA members create their own diverse and inclusive bookshops.  We will be using this page to share resources with you from a range of sources, and are delighted to share the following video recording of our Creating An Inclusive Bookshop seminar at London Book Fair 2017, featuring author Nikesh Shukla, and booksellers Tamara Macfarlane (Tales on Moon Lane) and John Newman (Newham Bookshop).

                                                                     


BA Diversity & Inclusiveness Policy

The BA is committed to improving diversity and inclusiveness in the bookselling sector, both in the workplace, and in the range of books on bookshop shelves.

The BA is committed to helping booksellers to create diverse and inclusive workplaces, to serve diverse and minority communities with relevant book titles, help and information and to foster a welcoming environment for all customers, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, socio-economic background, age or faith.  Bookshops should be welcoming spaces for all who love books and offering welcome to all creates a richer environment for all.

Moreover, the BA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace of its own, and to always consider matters of diversity in all our public and trade facing activities, including (but not limited to) appointing booksellers to our own governing bodies, appointing speakers on panels, using photographs on print and online materials and in the language we use in our communications.

We understand the wide-ranging nature of the term diversity as including:
  • Ethnicity
  • Race/heritage/culture
  • Disability
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Socio-economic background
  • Age
  • Faith

Resources & Information

Carrie Morris, Chair of the Children's Bookselling Group, and owner of Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, recommends a Child's Play list of useful titles - we will shortly be uploading a larger list of suggested titles provided by children's specialists to help other booksellers source good titles and extend their knowledge.  

Book Trust are a great source of inspiration and book lists if you are keen to look beyond your normal stock range - they have a keen eye for representation, diversity and inclusiveness in their book choices.

For information on diversity and equality legislation in the Equality Act, you can find it all here 

If you are interested in finding out more about organizations in the Diversity & Inclusiveness arena, including First Story (who take writers into underprivileged schools), Inclusive Minds (who help create children's books that meet the needs of all readers, including those from minority groups), Letterbox Library (who specialise in selling books that celebrate inclusion, diversity and equality), Creative Access (who place interns within the creative industries), Arts Emergency (who mentor young people from underprivileged backgrounds), a good place to start is a booklet  produced by the Publishers Association,  

You could also look at Business In the Community website, which has lots of useful advice, and a handy pocket guide to talking about race. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the economic case for Diversity & Inclusiveness, publisher Chris McCrudden has created a thought-provoking presentation.

Publishers with active diversity projects for staff have shared those on the PA's website - you can see some of them here 

If you have ideas for materials and resources you would like to see in this section, or questions on this area, in the first instance please contact Meryl.halls@booksellers.org.uk