Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold

  • Senior Lecturer in in Children's Literature Studies (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Children's Literature and Literacies in the School of Education, where I teach and research topics related to Children's and Young Adult literature and book culture. I joined Glasgow University in April 2021. Prior to my appointment at Glasgow University, I was an Associate Professor of Publishing and Book Culture for six years.

I am an expert in inclusive youth literature and have published widely on the topic; alongside numerous publications about contemporary book culture. My book Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom, 2006-2016, was published by Palgrave in 2019. Some of the results of this research project have appeared in the Guardian. Cambridge University Press will publish my forthcoming book, Book Trade Activism and Anthologies: Advocating for Change in the UKYA Market, in 2022. I have also co-authored a Book Studies textbook ' The Publishing Business: A Guide to Starting Out and Getting on', which Bloomsbury published in 2018.

I am the editor of the book series: 'Young Adult Publishing' (Cambridge University Press), as well as the guest editor for a number of special editions including the “#ReflectingRealities and Inclusive Youth Literature in the U.K." edition of The Lion and the Unicorn (2020). My connection to inclusive youth literature extends beyond academia: I was a judge on the UKYA Book Prize in 2018, and am on the Advisory Boards for the CLPE Reflecting Realities project, the Pop-up Pathways into Children’s Publishing project, and the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards. I have also written articles for non-academic publications such as Pen&Inc, a magazine that celebrates diversity and inclusion in Children's Publishing, and English 4-11, a United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) publication. I have also 

 

Research interests

My main research interest centres on contemporary authorship, publishing, and reading, with a focus on children’s and YA literature. I am currently working on several projects that explore issues of representation and inclusion in children’s and YA publishing. My book Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom, was published with Palgrave (2019). Some of the results of this research project have appeared in the Guardian. Cambridge University Press will publish my book, Book Trade Activism and Anthologies: Advocating for Change in the UKYA Market, in 2022. I am working on a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project, Adolescent Identities with my research partner Dr Leah Phillips. This project investigates how YA reflects the realities of socially marginalised readers. We have been working closely with schools, libraries, and bookshops; hosting reading groups and focus groups with teenagers across the country; and engaging with the wider YA and bookish community online. Additionally, I am working in collaboration with the BookTrust, to examine the representation of children’s authors and illustrators of colour, published in the UK (2007–2022), and exploring ways of better supporting them. The first report on my work Representation of people of colour among children’s book authors and illustrators can be found, and downloaded, here. The statistics are also summarised here. The second report can be downloaded here.

Publications

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Number of items: 13.

2024

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2024) Women of colour in British Young Adult fiction: Subverting stereotypes and expanding identities. In: Wilson, N., Battershill, C., Heywood, S., Joseph, M., La Penna, D., Southworth, H., Staveley, A. and Willson Gordon, E. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Women in Publishing, 1900-2020. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781399500340 (Accepted for Publication)

Smith, K. and Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2024) The Publishing Business: A Guide to Starting Out and Getting On. Bloomsbury: London. ISBN 9781350259386 (Accepted for Publication)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2024) YA Anthologies: Amplifying Voices, Building Community. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (Accepted for Publication)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. , Noorda, R. and Weber, M. (2024) International Bestsellers and the Online Reconfiguring of National Identity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (Accepted for Publication)

2022

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2022) The commodification, "diversification", and Walliams-fication of the British children’s book market. In: Coats, K., Stevenson, D. and Yenika-Agbaw, V. (eds.) A Companion to Children's Literature. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, pp. 426-440. ISBN 9781119038221 (doi: 10.1002/9781119038276.ch34)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. , Kennon, P. and Morrissey, S. (2022) Impacts of COVID-19 on Children’s and Young Adult Literature Creative, Cultural, and READING Communities in Scotland and Ireland. Project Report. Children's Books Ireland.

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2022) Representation of People of Colour Among Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. Project Report. BookTrust.

2021

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2021) Leading the way: women-led small presses of inclusive youth literature. In: Colby, G., Marczewska, K. and Wilson, L. (eds.) The Contemporary Small Press: Making Publishing Visible. Series: New directions in book history. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9783030487843 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-48784-3_9)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2021) The thirteen percent problem: authors of colour in the British young adult market, 2017-2019 edition. International Journal of Young Adult Literature, 2(1), pp. 1-35. (doi: 10.24877/IJYAL.37)

2020

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2020) Representation of People of Colour Among Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators (2018-2019). Project Report. BookTrust.

2019

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2019) Is ‘Everyone welcome’?: Intersectionality, inclusion, and the extension of cultural hierarchies on Emma Watson’s feminist book club, ‘Our shared shelf’. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 16(1), pp. 441-472.

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2019) Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783030105211 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-10522-8)

2018

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2018) The return of the social author: negotiating authority and influence on Wattpad. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 24(2), pp. 117-136. (doi: 10.1177/1354856516654459)

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Number of items: 13.

Articles

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2021) The thirteen percent problem: authors of colour in the British young adult market, 2017-2019 edition. International Journal of Young Adult Literature, 2(1), pp. 1-35. (doi: 10.24877/IJYAL.37)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2019) Is ‘Everyone welcome’?: Intersectionality, inclusion, and the extension of cultural hierarchies on Emma Watson’s feminist book club, ‘Our shared shelf’. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 16(1), pp. 441-472.

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2018) The return of the social author: negotiating authority and influence on Wattpad. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 24(2), pp. 117-136. (doi: 10.1177/1354856516654459)

Books

Smith, K. and Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2024) The Publishing Business: A Guide to Starting Out and Getting On. Bloomsbury: London. ISBN 9781350259386 (Accepted for Publication)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2024) YA Anthologies: Amplifying Voices, Building Community. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (Accepted for Publication)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. , Noorda, R. and Weber, M. (2024) International Bestsellers and the Online Reconfiguring of National Identity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (Accepted for Publication)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2019) Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783030105211 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-10522-8)

Book Sections

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2024) Women of colour in British Young Adult fiction: Subverting stereotypes and expanding identities. In: Wilson, N., Battershill, C., Heywood, S., Joseph, M., La Penna, D., Southworth, H., Staveley, A. and Willson Gordon, E. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Women in Publishing, 1900-2020. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781399500340 (Accepted for Publication)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2022) The commodification, "diversification", and Walliams-fication of the British children’s book market. In: Coats, K., Stevenson, D. and Yenika-Agbaw, V. (eds.) A Companion to Children's Literature. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, pp. 426-440. ISBN 9781119038221 (doi: 10.1002/9781119038276.ch34)

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2021) Leading the way: women-led small presses of inclusive youth literature. In: Colby, G., Marczewska, K. and Wilson, L. (eds.) The Contemporary Small Press: Making Publishing Visible. Series: New directions in book history. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9783030487843 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-48784-3_9)

Research Reports or Papers

Ramdarshan Bold, M. , Kennon, P. and Morrissey, S. (2022) Impacts of COVID-19 on Children’s and Young Adult Literature Creative, Cultural, and READING Communities in Scotland and Ireland. Project Report. Children's Books Ireland.

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2022) Representation of People of Colour Among Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. Project Report. BookTrust.

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2020) Representation of People of Colour Among Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators (2018-2019). Project Report. BookTrust.

This list was generated on Mon May 27 23:24:32 2024 BST.

Supervision

  • Hsieh, Natalie Naihuei
    Encountering Windows and Mirrors in the Diaspora: Using Young Adult literature to explore the stories and counterstories of East Asian young persons
  • Khan, Amber
    British Muslim adolescent women in UK Muslim young adult

Teaching

I teach the course "Children's Literature and Literacies: Critical Enquiry" for the MEd in Children's Literature and Literacies and for the International Masters "Children's Literature, Media and Culture". I also lecture for other courses and I have been guest lecturer at various universities nationally and internationally.