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Diversity and literature

"Children will go with any story so long as it is good. But white adults sometimes think that if a black child is on the cover it is perhaps not for them". That's according to Malorie Blackman, who was appointed the new Children's Laureate. The position is awarded once every two years to a distinguished writer or illustrator of children's books.

Malorie Blackman's comments were the big debate on BBC Radio Manchester and Lancashire’s Indus show. In this extract from the discussion presenter Talat-Farooq Awan speaks to Tariq Mahmood winner of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award, poet, playwright and children's author Peter Kalu, and teacher of creative writing and author of The Curry Mile Zahid Hussain...

Release date: 14 Jun 2013

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