Newcastle University and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books are looking for listeners to take part in an online focus group about their recent collaborative podcast Whose Stories?, which focuses on diversity and representation in children’s books andmore specifically the history and significance of Black British children’s literature. The focus group should last no longer than one and a half hours.

We would like to know:

  • Does the podcast deepen your understanding of Black British children’s literature, both its history and its significance?
  • How does the podcast make you feel about the value of literary archives and the ways they might help us think through social issues?
  • How does the podcast make you feel about the issue of diversity and representation in children’s books?

Prior to the focus group, you will be required to listen to all three episodes of Whose Stories?. The podcast is available here:

Your views will be used to help us evaluate the current series of Whose Stories? and enable us to think about what we might change, or what works well, when we come to develop the second series.

As a ‘thank you’ for giving us your time, participants will receive a National Book Token (£10).

The focus group will be held via Zoom between 11-12.30am GMT on Saturday 13th November. If you would like to take part, please let us know by emailing with the phrase ‘WHOSE STORIES – FOCUS GROUP A’ in the subject line by Wednesday 3rd November.

It is important to us that the focus groups are as diverse and representative as possible. To enable us to ensure this, please include the following equality and diversity monitoring information in the body of your email, along with your name and your city and country of residence:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • The gender with which you identify

 If you are applying to take part in the focus group and live outside of the UK, please consider any time difference when thinking about your availability. The focus group will be conducted in English. We will let you know if you have been selected to take part in the focus group by Friday 5th November.