Rising Stars Wales
Literature Wales’ Strategic Plan 2019-2022 identifies Representation and Equality as one of its three tactical priorities for the forthcoming years. Children’s literature has historically not been representative of a diverse range of voices and stories, and Literature Wales acknowledges that there is still much work to be done to address this. Reflecting Realities, a report published by the Center for Literacy in Primary Education, revealed the stark statistics that only 7% of the children’s books published in the UK over the last 3 years (2017, 2018, 2019) feature characters from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
At Literature Wales and Firefly Press, we believe that Wales’ writers should comprise of a range of ages, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, regions and languages and not be typified by certain limited demographic profiles. Investing in authors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds is a crucial step towards ensuring that there are no barriers in literature.
Discover more about all five successful poets below.