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Lucas Maxwell

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Lucas Maxwell has been working with youth in libraries for over fifteen years. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, he's been a high school librarian in London, UK for over a decade. In 2017 he won the UK's School Librarian of the Year award and in 2022 he was named the UK Literacy Association's Reading For Pleasure Teacher Champion. He loves Dungeons & Dragons and is the author of Let's Roll: A Guide for Setting up Tabletop Roleplaying Games in Your School or Public Library. You can follow him on Twitter and on his blog.

A few months ago I wrote an article on Knights Of, a publishing company that started pop-up inclusive bookshop in Brixton, London.

The bookshop started as the result of a study which revealed that in the UK only 1% of children’s books published contained a BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) main character. 

Since opening their pop-up bookshop in Brixton, co-founders David Stevens and Aimée Felone had been raising money to remain in their location permanently.

I’m happy to see that they will now become permanent, with Round Table Books opening in Brixton in May as an inclusive bookshop serving a vibrant and diverse community. Round Table Books

I was fortunate to bring a group of students to the Knights Of bookshop to interview co-founder David Stevens and will be excited to bring another group to the new, permanent bookshop.

An Evening Standard article on the shop noted that it will be headed Khadija Osman, who joins from the Forbidden Planet London Megastore, and who said: “I am extremely proud to be bringing more inclusion and opportunity to the community with Round Table Books.”

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