Inspired by the work of our author, the entrepreneur and influencer Jessica Huie, and excited by other diversity initiatives in the publishing industry, Hay House UK has created Diverse Wisdom to attract and promote more writers of colour in the personal development, holistic health and spirituality space.
Louise Hay and Hay House CEO Reid Tracy have a long-standing commitment to publishing diverse voices, and we see this programme as an opportunity to strengthen that legacy and expand our community.
As Jessica Huie, author of Purpose, puts it:
‘Our personal development and evolution as one people is, in my opinion, our biggest priority as a human race. Through a better understanding and exploration of ourselves, we unlock our latent potential and are happier and more effective players in the world we occupy. As with all industries, diverse representation is critical to engaging with the masses. We need visible examples of individuals with whom we share rhetoric, backgrounds and experiences in order to engage.’
This ever-expanding initiative includes events and bursaries for writers of colour who want to learn more about the publishing process and the best steps to take to get published in our field.
Vex King, author of the bestselling Good Vibes, Good Life, understands the importance of this initiative:
‘As a British-born Indian, I have broken the stereotype that is often attached to my culture by sharing my story. By being vulnerable, brave and bold enough to speak about my life and struggles as a young Indian man, whilst avoiding societal norms, I am managing to inspire thousands of people worldwide. We need to hear from other voices and backgrounds too, as everyone has a story to tell which will inspire others and set them on the path to self-healing.’
Our Hay House UK Diverse Wisdom Programme for 2020/21 has just come to a close, and we’re excited and honoured to be adding three wonderful new authors to the Hay House family. They are:
Annabelle Sharman. Annabelle is a Bush woman of the Mutti Mutti people, a healer, writer, visionary, cultural conservationist, creative and community member from Robinvale in the Mallee of Victoria, Australia, a place where the Murray River flows through and nourishes the land as a sustainable life source. Her book is titled The Future Ancestor.
Araba Ofori-Acquah. A healer and writer, Araba was born and raised for most of her childhood in Britain. She now lives in Accra, Ghana. She’s the founder of Self-Care Sunday, a wellness festival in Accra, and Ashe Wellness, an organization dedicated to connecting people to wellness through African knowledge and practices. Araba also runs Sister Circle Accra, a women’s healing circle, and is co-founder of Buy Black Ghana, an economic activism organization that supports and spotlights Ghana’s best Black-owned businesses. Her book is Return to Source: A Modern Guide to African-Centred Wellness’
Carmelle Gentle. Carmelle is an independent midwife and tongue-tie specialist based in London. She’s an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Master of Public Health and a ThetaHealing™ practitioner. Carmelle is the founder of Gentle Births and Beyond and the Tongue-Tie Training Academy, and she’s also the co-director of Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers. She’s on a mission to change the narrative and scope of practice around infant feeding. Carmelle’s book is The Breastfeeding Journal.
We’re planning to begin the next Diverse Wisdom programme at our Writer’s Workshop weekend in Edinburgh on 2–3 April 2022. We will open applications for this shortly after the event goes on sale.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in being notified when the application page is live.