As a black children’s writer, she’s already in a minority. But her debut book High-Rise Mystery, a detective story starring young black sisters and featuring a diverse cast, puts Jackson in an extra select league.
“When I was young, I kept on reading and watching but the representation wasn’t there,” Jackson tells BBC News. “It was hard to find role models outside popular culture.
“When I read, the default in my head was ‘white’. Unless the character was black, it wouldn’t be stated.”
According to the recent report BookTrust Represents, covering 2007-2017, just 5.6% of published UK children’s authors and illustrators are from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background. More
On 2 April it is World Autism Awareness Day and with that in mind we have chosen Rosie King as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Rosie is a writer and public
speaker from Wakefield. She is currently studying creative writing at
university and wants to go on to teach and support people with learning
disabilities, as well as pursuing her career in writing, and speaking.
Rosie and her brother Lenny are
autistic and their sister Daisy has Kabuki syndrome. Rosie is passionate about
sharing their unique experiences of life and increasing public understanding.
Rosie has worked with the
National Autistic Society in various ways, starting when she was a teenager in the
Young Campaigners Group.
In the intervening years, she’s
spoken at Professional Conferences, led a Q&A on the Society Twitter
channel, and supported campaigns. Rosie has worked on many media opportunities,
including BBC Breakfast and the One Show.
Rosie is a passionate speaker who
offers a positive and thought-provoking insight into autism.