Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground is a project celebrating British writers and illustrators of colour who are creating stories for children and young people. It was launched at London Book Fair 2019 with a new booklet featuring over 100 contemporary creators.

30,000 copies of the booklet were distributed to every school in the country, as well as to librarians, festivals, venues, publishers, agents and all key people working in this sector of literature.

Celebrating British writers & illustrators of colour

This latest iteration of Speaking Volumes’ Breaking Ground series is created in partnership with specialist children’s literature organisations BookTrust and Pop Up Projects. Both organisations have been coordinating activites to make positive changes for contemporary writers and illustrators, supporting their careers, offer them opportunities and generally helping them break into the industry.

You can read the new booklet on Issuu by clicking the image below.

Check back to find out the progress of the project.


Speaking Volumes produced this film to explain what Breakng New Ground is. It features Sarwat Chadda, Yasmeen Ismail, Polly Ho-Yen, Peter Kalu, Tariq Mehmood and Ken Wilson-Max speaking about their experiences as writers and illustrators of colour and why this project is so important and needed.