Balance the Books
Balance the Books is a new project by New Writing North Young Writers that invites you to discover brilliant books by authors from underrepresented backgrounds. Come and read some amazing books with us!
If you’ve ever felt stuck in a rut reading the same kinds of books, or tired of not finding characters you can identify with in fiction, then Balance the Books is for you!
Did you know that in the UK 90% of the best-selling YA titles from 2006 to 2016 featured white, able-bodied, cis-gender, and heterosexual main characters?
Yet, we know that representation matters!
We know that the best books act as both a mirror and a window: reflecting back to us our own experiences and feelings, while also revealing a wider view on the world, so that we can understand and empathise with others.