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REIYL Spaces

Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature are a collective of students, early career and established researchers who facilitate knowledge exchange on issues of inclusion, equity and justice in youth literature and media.


These Manchester Museum conversations focus on race and racism in depictions of museum spaces in youth literature.

Mapping REIYL and Imagined Spaces with Rita Faire

On July 28, we hosted the third REIYL Spaces event - a creative workshop led by Rita Faire.


In this interactive workshop, participants were given the opportunity to make their own mini-book. Participants shared descriptions of where they were (without actually saying where they were!) and others created imagination maps based on the descriptions.


A Conversation with Danielle Jawando on Museum Spaces, Inclusion and Belonging

On Thursday 8 July, we hosted the second conversation of REIYL Spaces with Danielle Jawando on Museum Spaces, Inclusion and Belonging. 


The second REIYL Spaces event was a talk with Danielle Jawando, an author, screenwriter and Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In 2015, Danielle worked on Coronation Street as a storyline writer and has had several short plays performed at the King’s Arms in Manchester and Stratford Circus in London. Her short story Kyle’s City (for children aged 5 to 7) was commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on iplayer in 2017. Her first nonfiction book for children, a biography about the life of Maya Angelou, was published by Laurence King in 2019. Danielle has also written several short stories for muddle grade readers, that have been published in Aquila’s children’s magazine. Her debut YA novel And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, was published by Simon & Schuster last year. And the Stars Were Burning Brightly has gone on to be long-listed for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, the Jhalak Children’s and YA Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. It also won best senior novel in the 2021 Great Reads Award. Her second novel for Young Adults, When Our Worlds Collided, will be published in 2022.

The Colored Girl's Quest: Finding Mirrors in Museums

In the first of the REIYL Spaces events, we joined author and educator Zetta Elliott for a conversation about her picture book MILO'S MUSEUM.

You can watch the conversation below.


photo © Dr Zetta Elliott

'All children search for affirming images of themselves in their community, and gatekeepers have a duty to reflect a range of perspectives. When institutions and industries fall short, community-based publishing offers marginalized groups the opportunity to construct their own mirrors and tell their own organic stories.'


Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. She is the author of over thirty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture books Bird and Melena’s Jubilee. Dragons in a Bag, a middle grade fantasy novel, was named an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children’s Book and has been nominated for Young Reader’s Choice Awards in seven states. The sequel, The Dragon Thief, was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Show Us Your Papers, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices and New Daughters of Africa; her young adult poetry collection, Say Her Name, was named a 2020 “Best of the Best” title by the Black Caucus of the ALA. Her latest picture book, A Place Inside of Me, was named a Notable Poetry Book by the National Council of Teachers of English. Elliott is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in children's literature; her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She currently lives in Evanston, IL.


Organised by Breanna McDaniel from REIYL - Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature and hosted by Manchester Museum.

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