#381 Sharna Jackson
Sharna is the Artistic Director at Site Gallery, Sheffield and is on the board of Sheffield Doc/Fest, Upswing Aerial Arts and New Writing North. She is an experienced curator and creative producer who has spent over a decade working closely with children to develop socially-engaging digital initiatives within arts, culture and entertainment with organisations. She has worked closely with the Tate, BAFTA, The Design Museum, The Royal Collection Trust, Museum of Childhood, V&A, Science Museum, Penguin amongst others. An advocate for diverse representation across children’s media, she is a member of BAFTA’s Children’s and Learning and New Talent committees and the Children’s Media Conference advisory board. Her debut novel, High Rise Mystery (Knights Of, £6.99), is the first Black British children’s detective series for 9-12s, which releases in April 2019. Breaking the mould to be one of he only YA novels to redress the absence of black central characters in children’s books and literature, High-Rise Mystery, engages new readers and makes strides towards a more inclusive literature for young readers, while breathing fresh life and relevance into this classic genre.