Book Launch: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World

Tues 24th May, 10.45am
Online
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Diverse Stories for a Diverse World

We are launching our book Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World with an online event, featuring performances and a workshop with authors Yvonne Battle-Felton and Amina Atiq for primary schools in Liverpool. The event will be a great opportunity to get to know the book with Yvonne and Amina, as well as meeting new schools from within and outside of the project.

The event will be held on Tuesday 24th May, 10:45-11:45am on Zoom and is open for all of Key Stage 2 to attend. If you are a primary school who would like to register for this free event please email naomi@writingonthewall.org.uk.

Super Heroes: Diverse Stories for a Diverse World is an exciting new children’s book from our Super Heroes: Words are our Power project. Featuring a range of writers, this anthology of creative stories, poems and illustrations for young people champions diversity and inclusivity.

At WoW, we know that representation matters, and we are committed to promoting diverse literature that reflects and celebrates the rich differences in our world. Young people are shaped by the media they consume at home, who they see in their communities, and what they learn in school. Curriculums do not always accurately reflect the children within the classroom. The lack of representation in literature is an ongoing problem with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education having found that only 7% of children’s books published in the UK between 2017 and 2019 featured protagonists of colour.

With Super Heroes: Words are our Power, WoW are successfully changing this outdated narrative. Our new book will enrich the lives of young people with captivating stories from diverse writers, developing their confidence, imagination and wellbeing through relatable characters and narratives.

To get a free copy of the book please email naomi@writingonthewall.org.uk

Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an American writer living in the UK. Her writing has been published in literary journals and anthologies. Remembered, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019) and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2020). She was commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017) and has three titles in Penguin Random House’s Ladybird Tales of Super Heroes and three in the forthcoming Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thorns. Yvonne has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is Lecturer in Creative Writing and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University.

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni-Scouse writer, a performance artist, facilitator and activist. She was awarded the Liverpool John Moore’s University Citizenship for her active and community engagement work and awarded the best North West volunteer by Human Appeal. A Young Associate for Curious Minds and BBC Words First Finalist 2019. She has been featured on various artistic platforms such as BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 6 music, BBC 4 Radio, Bitesize, Arab News, The Independent, British Muslim TV @ thewarehouse, Writing on the Wall, Skinny magazine, Whispering Dialogue, CAAT, and Human Appeal.

Date: Tuesday 24th May

Time: 10.45am

Location: Online

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