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New network launches search for diverse authors to write about contemporary life in Wales

23 Jan 2023 3 minute read
Inclusive Journalism Cymru members

A new journalism network that supports and campaigns for marginalised people in Wales has launched a country wide search for diverse authors.

Inclusive Journalism Cymru will partner with Seren Books on the exciting new project following funding from Book Council Wales to create ‘Cymru and I’, a collection of ten essays from writers across Wales.

Drawing on the authors’ experiences, ‘Cymru and I’ will shed light on contemporary Wales from the perspective of under-represented communities offering an alternative view of Wales.

The aim is to publish the radical, weird, important, brilliant, and bold writing that reflects how diverse Wales is, while not being afraid to challenge the status quo.

Writers are invited to sign-up free to Inclusive Journalism Cymru’s network where they can then submit their proposal for commission.

Proposals will be accepted up to the 20th of February, when editors will review and commission ten of the essays.

First launched in 2022, Inclusive Journalism Cymru is a collaborative network open to anyone in Wales who feels they or their community has been systemically under-represented in the industry.

Together, members are supporting each other and working towards journalism which better reflects society.

Diverse experiences

Founder and Director Shirish Kulkarni said: “One of the reasons we started Inclusive Journalism Cymru was to create new opportunities for writers from marginalised identities or backgrounds to build their skills and portfolios, whilst also being paid fairly.

“We’re delighted that, with the support of Books Council of Wales and Seren, ‘Cymru and I’ will do that, by showcasing writing that reflects members’ diverse experiences of living and working in Wales.”

Editor Siriol Griffiths is urging prospective authors to get in touch and would like to hear from as many new writers as possible.

She said: “We’re thrilled about this book and we want the process of commissioning authors to be as open, inclusive and supportive as possible.

“‘Cymru and I’ will feature ten non-fiction essays in the English language. And those essays can be about pretty much anything, but they should aim to reflect experiences of modern life in Wales.

Seren is Wales’ leading independent literary publisher, specialising in English-language writing from Wales.

Mick Felton, publisher of Seren said: “Seren has published books about Wales and books by writers from under-represented backgrounds consistently over the last forty plus years.

“We’re delighted to partner with Inclusive Journalism Cymru in this new venture to widen the way in which Wales is expressed to itself and to the world beyond.

“This is a significant step to bring new writers to readers old and new and to look at ourselves in the early twenty-first century.”

For more information, you can contact the Inclusive Journalism Cymru team at: [email protected]

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1 year ago

Given its Welsh name it would be even better if Seren published books by those of diverse backgrounds in the Welsh language.

1 year ago

Why do people fail to realise that the Welsh on this island are a minority themselves?! Weird how every other minority can be represented in Britain and abroad, except for those from Wales apparently.

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