With an ambition to demystify career options and positioning the book industry alongside creative industries such as film, TV and music, OpenBooks is a series of free, accessible online events targeting 14-19 year olds, and especially those from under-represented backgrounds. It will go live at https://www.publishers.org.uk/openbooks/
The resource represents a collaboration by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association and The Association of Authors’ Agents, and has support from across the books industry and public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
It follows the launch by the Publishers Association of a new iteration of its ‘Inclusivity Action Plan’ to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the industry’s workforce.
Created alongside leading diversity and inclusion social enterprise Creative Access, the plan sets out ten commitments for publishing businesses to undertake over the period 2023 to 2026. The pledges outlined in the plan aim to promote equality of opportunity, drive action, and empower individuals working within the UK’s world-class publishing industry.
The Inclusivity Action Plan was created following focus groups with a range of employees from different firms across the publishing sector.
Find out more at https://www.publishers.org.uk/our-work/diversity-and-inclusion/