The Atwood Tate team were out in force last night attending the SYP AGM at the Stationers’ Hall near Saint Paul’s. It was the first AGM for all of us (Claire, Stef, Alison, and Katie) and we were intrigued to see the beautiful building and historic architecture, which didn’t disappoint.
It was good to see who’s on the SYP committee for 2015. There are some new faces and some people in new roles – we wish them the very best of luck.
The panel of speakers debated the theme of diversity in publishing and it was interesting to hear insights from different parts of the industry. The speakers were Kyle Cathie, MD of Kyle Books; Seonaid Mcleod from the Publishers Association; Suzanne Collier from bookcareers.com; and Abigail Barclay from Inspired Selection, who did a great job stepping in at the last minute.
As ever there were no magic answers to the big issue of creating a more diverse workforce in the publishing sector. The debate ranged widely over a number of topics, including: the importance of networking; the appropriateness of unpaid internships; salary levels; understanding of cultural differences; maternity leave; the NUJ; the portrayal of a diverse range of characters, especially in children’s books; and the importance of keeping libraries alive. The final point received a cheer all round!
A thought-provoking evening in an inspiring setting.