The publishing industry has a diversity issue. A handful of big companies publish almost all the books with one audience in mind - white and middle-class. The entire industry - from acquisition, promotion, to sales - is essentially set up to cater for this one audience.
Publishers recognise that writers of colour have been historically excluded, but its difficult to shrug off the long standing ideas of what publishing is and who it is for.
BOK BOK launched in 2019 with growing support from people who feel the same way as we do. We have created a publishing house that introduces diverse perspectives from communities that have historically had a small voice in the wider industry.
What matters to us is how we can assemble diverse communities and hear what matters most to them.
Each book is a manifestation of our work with a specific group of people - underrepresented artists, creatives and talent of all kinds, especially mothers and children.
BOK BOK cares about telling the stories of the people we serve, not serving up the misplaced words and numbers of the industry we work in.