Radhiah Chowdhury, Penguin Random House
Written over both the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, Radhiah Chowdhury’s report, 'It’s hard to be what you can’t see: Diversity Within Australian Publishing', encapsulates a cultural turning point long in the making.
During her fellowship, Chowdhury explored the landscape of diverse and inclusive publishing in the United Kingdom through canvassing the experiences and perspectives of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) editors and authors working in the industry.
The resulting report analyses varying factors preventing FNPOC (First Nations and People of Colour) equal access and representation in the Australian publishing industry. Based upon these findings, Chowdhury puts forward a series of recommendations, outlining actions Australian publishers can take to further diversity and inclusion within the industry.
Download the 2019/2020 BDEF Report.
Watch the BookUp 2020 Diversity session, 'Diversity and the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship'.