Take Flight Hub | Publishing Inclusively


Learn from four powerhouse women spearheading their own publishing houses and imprints about what inclusive publishing truly looks like.

Publishers Aimée Felone (Knights Of), Valerie Brandes (Jacaranda Books), Sharmaine Lovegrove (Dialogue Books) and Crystal Mahey-Morgan (OWN IT! Publishing) are innovators of inclusive publishing in the UK.

In this video they share their journeys, shed light on the realities of running an independent publishing house, how they acquire writers of colour with original stories to tell and how they are diversifying the businesses, from running their own pop up shops, managing online sales and negotiating TV deals for their writers.

Take Flight Hub is a new professional and creative development programme for emerging writers of colour and is a collaboration between University College London (UCL), Spread the Word and Words of Colour. Some of the country’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights, literary agents and publishers of colour will be sharing their expertise in a series of free talks, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and presentations over five weeks, made possible by a grant from the UCL Knowledge and Innovation Rapid Response fund.

The Take Flight Hub was inspired by BookTrust Represents research conducted by Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Associate Professor in Publishing and Book Cultures at UCL, which found that emerging writers of colour needed support, advice and access as part of an industry focused network to help sustain their careers.

Chaired by Joy Francis, Words of Colour’s Executive Director.