Smashing the Class Ceiling: How Low Pay and Low Pay Transparency Undermine the Publishing Business Panel discussion
Is it possible for publishing to fulfil its own diversity agenda while continuing to pay low wages to most workers and to maintain its decades-long secrecy over pay and progression? Fairness and transparency have been absent from publishing pay structures for decades. If the industry is serious about representing more of the readers it seeks to serve, this issue must be addressed.
Join industry professionals Niamh Mulvey, Katy Shaw and Hamza Jahanzeb as they discuss ways to achieve this. Chaired by Basit Mahmood.
Niamh Mulvey is a writer and freelance editor. She has written about the impact of low pay and low pay transparency in the publishing industry for the Bookseller and in her newsletter In the Read. Her first book, Hearts and Bones,will be out next year from Picador.
Basit Mahmood is co-editor of Left Foot Forward and also writes for a number of publications including the Metro, Independent and Huff Post. He changed career to go into journalism after growing frustrated at the way in which working-class and ethnic minority communities were portrayed in the media and how issues affecting such communities were often neglected.
Katy Shaw leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. Katy is an expert in twenty-first century literature. She has produced two books on crime author David Peace, a monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first century genre fiction. Her latest book Hauntology (2018) explores the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature. She is a public intellectual, literary festival host, media presenter and Twitterer.
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