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Beyond a ‘Colourful’ India: The Struggles of British Asian Writers

By Anjana Parikh

A debate has been raging amongst the British Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers for some time now.

The debate stems from their struggle to get their works published.

What is the crux of the issue? Many writers feel that publishers are afraid to market and publish their work – and that, they aren’t too aware of the fact that there’s a market for the kind of fiction these writers write.

The Fight for Diversity

Nilesh Shukla, whose debut novel Coconut Unlimited was published by Quartet Books, has been particularly vocal about the need for diversity in UK’s publishing industry.

For me, the fight for diversity in the UK publishing industry has just begun – although it existed long before.

Shukla’s novel The Good Immigrant was crowd funded by its publisher in just three days. Read more

Source: The Quint


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Has publishing really become more diverse?

By Danuta Kean

Courttia Newland has been here before. In 1997, it seemed as if the British book industry might finally have recognised it was out of step with the multicultural society that surrounded it. Writers of colour including Newland, Zadie Smith and Monica Ali were picking up sizable advances as the trade promised a step change. No longer would the doors of London publishers be time machines, transporting the unwary from one of the world’s most diverse cities to a monoculture that was a throwback to the 1950s. The books and the people who published them were going to be different.

Twenty years on, as the industry launches another drive for inclusivity, Newland is not holding his breath. “We are really wary because we have seen it all before,” he says. “A few people are championed and then people lose interest because they think the issue has been addressed. And then it all reverts back to the way it was before.” Read more

Source: The Guardian