EVENTS Before Bias


In November 2021, Storymix and SCBWI British Isles partnered up to bring us the online event Before Bias: Changing the Face of Series Fiction. If you missed it, Sara Grant and the team at Storymix have provided some highlights…

Series fiction can create a life-long love of reading, yet it doesn’t always get the love and attention it deserves. This event, like the work of Storymix more widely, sought to champion series fiction and the opportunities it presents to capture readers early, while also challenging issues of representation in children’s fiction.

Jasmine Richards, Storymix Founder and Series Creator, hosted the event in conversation with Maisie Chan, Swapna Haddow, and Tọlá Okogwu – authors passionate about writing inclusive stories for young readers. They discussed the importance of series fiction, their experiences as authors and the need for quality, organic representation in kids’ books.

You can read Jasmine Richards' comprehensive blog post about the event, along with details of further resources, here, and also watch highlights from the event below...


*Header image: Screenshot of the event by Anna Gamble. 

Sara Grant
is a member of the Storymix event team and also 
writes fiction for young adults, teens and young readers. Her stories range from action-adventure in exotic locations to fairy godmothers in training to dystopian and apocalyptic tales of survival and love. Sarah has been a volunteer with SCBWI British Isles for over 20 years and is also part of the Undiscovered Voices team. Visit her website or find her on twitter.

Anna Gamble is both the Acting Events Editor and Social Media Editor for Words & Pictures the online magazine for SCBWI-BI. Contact her at

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