Siena Parker, Head of Creative Responsibility, said:
"It’s great to see the hard work of so many people brought to life in one place. We believe that creativity matters enormously to society, now and even more so in the future. Our aim is that everyone should have the opportunity to develop their creative skills and access the creative industries, regardless of who they are or where they come from. We all need to do more to achieve that ultimate goal.”
Zainab Juma, Creative Manager at Penguin Random House, featured as a case study, said:
"Penguin started as a way to get literature into people's hands in a way that was affordable and accessible. That revolutionary spirit is something that we can also apply now – this International Women's Day we created the Like A Woman pop-up shop and only sold books by women, and our Penguin Pride events give a platform to performers from across the LGBTQ+ community.
"There's a value to a brand like Penguin enabling communities to take up room. Sometimes it's about us elevating other people's voices, and sometimes it's about the voice actually going through us.
"The idea of having a seat at the table isn't just a metaphorical one, it's literally giving people a seat at the table, and if that's something we can do with the brand then that's awesome."
Kirsty Capes, a WriteNow mentee also featured as a case study, said:
"One thing I didn't expect was how WriteNow would make me feel about myself. I'd say I'm quite a confident person, but this whole experience has been so validating… now I believe in myself more."