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LIFE RAFT I : SAMANTHA CLARK ON THE THINGS WE CANNOT KNOW...

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LIFE RAFT I : SAMANTHA CLARK ON THE THINGS WE CANNOT KNOW...

Our companion for the very first #LighthouseLifeRaft is Scottish artist and writer Samantha Clark!   Samantha’s gentle wisdom and warmth and resilience is just the kind of soul soothing we deserve just now. So get yourself a wee brew and pull up a stool, so we can tell you more about The Clearing! The Clearing is an artists’ reflection on family and a powerful account of what we must do with the things we cannot know. I’ll let Samantha set the scene for us, here she is with a wee 3 minute reading: “For a long time I forgot the lesson of...

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TO PLATFORM OR NOT TO PLATFORM: WHERE WE STAND.

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We are at our core an intersectional and inclusive radical bookshop. What this means is that we recognise myriad vectors of oppression exist in our society, based on race, gender, sexuality, class, physical ability and neurological divergence….and that they are interrelated. We do not believe in the zero-sum rhetoric that some of these oppressions must be resisted at the cost of others, or that any particular one is of primary importance. Through the books we stock and the events we host, we always strive to platform a wide and diverse range of voices. There are however limits to who and what...

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1 Percent of Children’s Books have a BAME protagonist. WTF.

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Recently the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) released the findings of a Reflecting Realities, a “new study into ethnic representation in children’s literature” and it’s a dire indictment of Children’s publishing today. Here’s a wee snapshot of their conclusions and some of our thoughts on the topic. The aim was is to “quantify and evaluate the extent and quality of ethnic representation in children’s publishing in the UK”. They summarize their findings as follows. There were 9115 childrens books published in the UK in 2017. Of these only 391 featured BAME characters. Only 4% of the childrens books...

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