Diversity in Publishing

Join two innovative writers, publishers and communicators, Grace Williams and Mark Macleod for an inspiring conversation about diversity in publishing.

Grace WilliamsGrace Williams is the Founder and Director of Citizen Tasmania, a human rights and arts organisation dedicated to providing individuals with the tools to tackle human rights challenges within their communities. A documentary filmmaker, writer and broadcaster, Grace utilises storytelling as an advocacy tool to facilitate positive social transformation. Winner of Tasmanian Human Rights Youth Award and Department of Foreigner Affairs New Colombo Plan Scholar to Indonesia, Grace has worked in communities both locally and internationally empowering individuals to connect with themselves and heal the world. Her films, speeches and writing inspire hundreds of people to take collective action towards securing a sustainable future that upholds human rights. Read more about Grace and find out about another session she is hosting here.

Mark Macleod is a writer of picture books and poems for children and adults. President and Publishing Director of Dirt Lane Press, he has been Publishing Director for Random House and Publisher at Hachette Australia. A former national president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mark has won awards for distinguished service to Children’s Literature and for many titles published under his own name imprint, Mark Macleod Books. He has coordinated studies in Children’s Literature, Australian Literature and Creative Writing at Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University, and has taught at universities around the world, most recently in India. You can find out more about Mark, and another session he is hosting, with Ruhi Lee, here.