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David AlmondAuthor keynote David Almond @davidjalmond is the author of SkelligMy Name is MinaThe SavageThe Tightrope WalkersA Song for Ella Grey and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include The Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, The Eleanor Farjeon Award, The Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s authors. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and lives in Northumberland. A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity –The Times. A Tyneside Dylan Thomas, and it is impossible not to be swept up in the power of his storytelling – Daily Telegraph. A master storyteller – The Independent. David Almond’s books are strange, unsettling wild things – unfettered by the normal constraints of children’s literature. They are, like all great literature, beyond classification – The Guardian.
Leigh HodskinsonIllustrator keynote Leigh Hodgkinson @hoonbutton was born in Harare, Rhodesia in 1975 and moved to the UK with her family when she was three. She graduated from the University of Hull in 1998 with a first in graphic design and went on to study Animation Direction at the National Film and Television School. Leigh has worked in the animation industry since then making award winning animated short films amongst other more commercial projects. Leigh is passionate about writing, illustrating and making things. Since 2008 she has created a gaggle of picture books (published by Orchard, Nosy Crow and Bloomsbury) which have been translated into many languages around the world. Leigh also likes to design and make things for her Wonkybutton online shop and is quite terrible at relaxing. She writes a diary every day and likes swimming, stripes and buttons. She is not so keen on slugs, tidying or parking. She is currently art-directing an exciting new animated pre-school television show for Cbeebies which is due to hit the screens in spring 2017. She co-created the show with her husband Steve Smith (of Beakus). Leigh used to work from a nice back garden shed in Lewes, but now works in a studio with real people.
Sarah DaviesIndustry Keynote Sarah Davies @sarahgreenhouse was a London publisher for 25 years, latterly as Publishing Director and on the management board of Macmillan Children’s Books where she worked with authors such as Philip Pullman, Julia Donaldson, Judy Blume, Sharon Creech, Meg Cabot, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and many others. In 2007 she moved to the USA and launched Greenhouse Literary, a transatlantic agency specializing in fiction for children and teens. Greenhouse quickly built a reputation as one of the leading boutique-sized agencies on both sides of Atlantic and is well known for discovering and helping to develop new talent. Among its clients are two New York Times bestsellers, a Morris First Novel Award winner, a Kirkus Prize Finalist, and its authors regularly achieve starred reviews and critical acclaim, as well as deals around the world. Sarah and her colleague Polly Nolan are open to all genres of fiction and represent young stories upwards through YA, but also sell picture books, non-fiction and even adult novels by existing clients. What they seek most of all is quality writing complementing a unique premise. Now back in the UK, Sarah divides her time between her new home “somewhere east of Oxford”, London, and New York, and she works with authors across many timezones! Greenhouse Literary Agency website. Sarah's blog.

Davinia Andrew-LynchDavinia Andrew-Lynch @nocturnalreader  aims to find writers and illustrators whose material can be told through varying mediums. A small and intimate agency, Andlyn is for storytellers who want to nurture their talent and ultimately their careers.

Becky BagnellBecky Bagnell @LindsayLit  founded the Lindsay Literary Agency in 2008 having previously worked as a commissioning editor at Macmillan. The agency specialises in writing for children and represents a range of authors including Pamela Butchart, Sam Gayton and Ruth Hatfield. Becky has a particular interest in debut authors and discovering new writing talent.

Miranda BakerMiranda Baker has over eighteen years’ experience in children’s publishing, most recently at Orchard – editing novelty, gift and picture books – and Puffin – writing and editing titles for classic characters. She is thrilled to now be working on Nosy Crow’s wonderful picture book list. When not helping shape other people’s stories, she is dreaming up endless bedtime stories of her own (with plenty of baddies) for her young twins.

Margaret Bateson HillMargaret Bateson Hill @paperdragon59  has been telling stories with and without books for a very long time now (at least twenty five years). Having read Drama and English at university she worked as a children’s drama workshop leader and as an under-fives storyteller for Lambeth libraries, when they were still able to employ in-house staff for such activities. She has written and performed stories in hundreds of schools, libraries and museums including the V&A, the British Museum, Apsley House, the Foundling Museum and Buckingham Palace and is a storyteller in residence at the Horniman Museum. She has written seven picture books inspired by her storytelling work, including Masha and the Firebird (illustrated by Anne Wilson), winner of The English 4-11 Award Fiction Key stage 2 (Alanna Books) as well as the middle grade Dragon Racer trilogy (Catnip).

Ruth BennettRuth Bennett @ruthmarybennett is Commissioning Editor for Stripes, fiction imprint of the Little Tiger Group. Stripes specialise in bright and appealing books for young readers aged five to teen, from Holly Webb's best-selling animal stories to the lovable Dirty Bertie and teen romance, Love, Lies and Lemon Pies. Ruth has devised and edited concepts for children's fiction series as part of the Stripes creative team, and has worked with a range of authors to bring the ideas to life for readers. Books in these series have been translated into many languages, become reader favourites and even found their way on to award shortlists.
Ellie BroughEllie Brough @EllieBrough is the assistant editor at Maverick Arts Publishing, a small, but dynamic, independent children’s picture book publisher. She is the gatekeeper on the other side of the slushpile searching for the next big picture book amongst thousands of hopeful submissions. Maverick Arts Publishing champions debut authors and publishes fun and quirky titles which suit their maverick spirits.
Mike BrownlowMike Brownlow @MikeBrownlow1  is a best-selling, prize-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including the successful Ten Little series, and Little Robots, which was made into a much loved TV series. He has worked for many of our leading publishers, including MacMillan, Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Orchard. He has three grown-up daughters, and lives with his wife in Somerset.
Helen BryantHelen Bryant (nee Corner) @cornerstoneslit launched Cornerstones Literary Consultancy in 1998, with the aim of helping authors master the techniques of self-editing and improve their writing through in-depth editorial reports and one-on-one mentorships. Since then she's helped launch many authors into successful writing careers. She also acts as a scout for agents, runs writing workshops, and guest lectures at universities, festivals and conferences. Cornerstones launched a US office in 2016, making it the first transatlantic literary consultancy. Her book How to Write a Blockbuster, originally published by Hodder will re-release this autumn. Please visit or or join the conversation on facebook at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. 

Anne ClarkAnne Clark @AnneClarkLit  has been lucky enough to work in children’s books for over twenty years. Before launching the agency, Anne was a commissioning editor at Piccadilly Press and a commissioning editor/editorial director at Hodder Children’s Books. She cut her editorial teeth in educational publishing, having started her career with a brief spell in marketing, following an English degree at Oxford. Whatever the genre, she’s hoping for stories she can’t put down, characters she can’t forget, and a distinctive and confident voice.

Jane ClarkeJane Clarke @JaneClarkeWrite  is the author of over 80 books published in the UK and many poems in anthologies of children’s poetry. She’s currently having fun working closely with editors and writing the publisher-led series Dr KittyCat for OUP and Sky Private Eye for Five Quills – she has enough input into these series that both are published under her name. She’s also written for four Working Partners series, including 15 books as lead writer of Dinosaur Cove. She enjoys making author visits to nurseries and elementary schools and leading creative writing workshops. More information can be found on Jane’s website  or Facebook author page

Lorraine CookLorraine Cooke @WritesAsRaine  has been a member of SCBWI for five years and sub-edits Words and Pictures. A former teacher, she now spends her days surrounded by books as a Library Assistant getting plenty of ideas for short stories and YA fiction. This is her second year as Scrawl Crawl leader and she really enjoys seeking out Winchester’s hidden places to provide inspiration for conference goers.

Nick CrossNick Cross @whoatemybrain loves to talk about himself in the third person, which makes him well-suited to thetask of writing author biographies. A SCBWI member since 2009, Nick is both an Undiscovered Voices winner and the 2015 honours recipient of the Magazine Merit Award for children’s short fiction. He is also an accomplished blogger, contributing articles to SCBWI Words & Pictures magazine and the popular Notes from the Slushpile blog.
Eleanor FarmerEleanor Farmer is Senior Commissioning Editor at Little Tiger Press, an independent publisher specialising in picture books in the UK. She has also edited novelty books, non-fiction titles and licensed publishing during her time at Penguin Random House Children's.
Candy GourlayCandy Gourlay @candygourlay has been a web designer, a comic strip artist, a fake American voice talent, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent in her own country – accumulating skills handy for the new demands made on today's authors. Tall Story, her middle grade novel, was shortlisted for many prizes and was recently listed as one of the 50 Best Culturally Diverse Books since 1950. Her second novel Shine was nominated for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. She blogs on her author site  and a group blog for writers

Emma GreenwoodEmma Greenwood @emmajgreenwood is the Green Columnist at Liberti magazine. She writes and reads young adult fiction. Her first novel was long-listed for the Mslexia Children’s Novel Prize and her short stories have been published by Mslexia and Cinnamon Press. She is a mentee at Imogen Cooper's Golden Egg Academy. She is learning to surf but lives in the Midlands, so it's tricky! Emma's blog

Karen InglisKaren Inglis @kareninglis self-published her first children’s book The Secret Lake in September 2011 and now has approaching 10,000 sales across five titles. She discovered self-publishing during a sabbatical from her professional writing in 2010 and, after several slush pile rejections and near-misses, decided to go it alone. Karen writes mainly for middle grade but also has a rhyming picture book Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep, which is also available as an educational BookApp that recently had its 500th paid sale. Karen’s books are available in print and as ebooks and (from summer 2016) as audio books. She regularly goes into schools and is stocked in selected Waterstones and independent bookshops. Her book Self-publishing and Marketing Children’s Books is due out later this year. Find Karen’s books on her Author Site. She blogs at Self Publishing Adventures

George KirkGeorge Kirk @georgekirk2 After completing a degree in English Literature and Drama, George qualified to teach with a PGCE in Primary Education. And teach she has, for nineteen long and fruitful years! She has taught most age groups and currently resides in a Year 1 class where she cohobates alongside the natives quite peaceably. George takes to her role a deep sense of seriousness and a rampaging passion for children’s literature. She organises author events and involves other schools where possible. As well as this she runs regular story time clubs for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. When she is not working at her own school she can often be found at the library, other schools and festivals running her own story telling, writing or poetry workshops. She is a regular contributor The Funeverse, a website aiming to engage and involve schools in that most sensible of art forms- nonsense poetry.

Emma LidburyEmma Lidbury @em_dash_ started out as a children’s bookseller, then had a brief stint in law publishing before finding her place at Walker Books, where she is now Fiction Commissioning Editor. She has had the privilege of working with a host of talented authors and illustrators, including David Almond, Catherine Johnson, Tanya Landman and John Chambers. She particularly enjoys editing young, funny fiction but is a fan of good storytelling in all forms. For her, the holy grail would be a middle grade adventure with the timeless quality of a future classic.

Tamara MacFarlaneTamara Macfarlane @talesofmoonlane is the owner of Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop, one of Time Out’s top five London bookshops. TOML is also twice winner of the Independent Children’s Bookshop of the year and was recently nominated for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding services to the children’s book world. Tamara combines running the shop with writing for children. She is the author of the Amazing Esme series (Hodder) and co-author of the Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs series (Simon & Schuster). She has judged such book prizes as COSTA, Banford Boase and UKLA, and has participated in most major literary festivals. Most recently, Tamara has launched Teens on Moon Lane to support TOML's enterprise work in secondary schools and Can't Put It Down to provide a platform and community for independently published authors.

Joe MarriottJoe Marriott @joermarriott is a commissioning editor for picture books working across the Penguin Random House Children’s imprints including Puffin, Jonathan Cape and Tamarind. He works with authors and illustrators including Nick Sharratt, Nadia Shireen, Giles Andreae and Kes Gray and is responsible for Spot publishing.

David McDougallDavid McDougall is Senior Art Director of fiction at Walker Books working with authors and illustrators such as Michael Morpurgo, Patrick Ness, David Almond, Jim Kay and Dave McKean among others. He studied at central St. Martins and the LCC (formally the London College of printing) before beginning his career at The Body Shop, working on international campaigns, concepts stores and packaging, before venturing into the world of book publishing with Hachette Children's Books. It was there that he focused on fiction design recalling how it was the start of the children's fiction cover design becoming more iconic and less about an 'everything explained narrative cover' approach. In addition to this, David's experiences outside of publishing have seen him work with clients such as Amnesty International, The Royal Mail, Coco de Mer, Great Ormond street Hospital and ULCH and Habitat.

Cliff McNishCliff McNish@cliffmcnish The Times described Cliff as ‘one of our most talented thriller writers’. His debut fantasy series, The Doomspell trilogy, saw him hailed as ‘a great new voice in writing for children’  by The Bookseller. The Doomspell has been published in twenty-six languages worldwide. His multiple-award winning novel Breathe: a Ghost Story was voted in May 2013 as one of the top 100 adult and children’s novels of all time by The Schools Network of British Librarians.

Roland MooreRoland Moore @rolandmooreTV has completed an animated feature film called Tide Travellers that has been optioned by Moviehouse Entertainment. His family adventure film 2:HRS is in post-production. For children’s television, he has also written for Peter Rabbit (CBeebies), Meeow (ITV), Waybulow (CBeebies) and Rastamouse (CBeebies). Roland is also the creator and lead writer of the popular award-winning period drama series Land Girls which ran for three series on BBC1 and has been commissioned to write a wartime drama for the actor Jack Huston.

Paul MortonPaul Morton @paulhotfrog has been earning a living illustrating for over 30 years through his busy design studio – Hot Frog Graphics. "Though I've illustrated various books for children I've yet to realise my driving ambition to write and illustrate my own picture books. With the help and experience I've gained from being an active SCBWI member I feel I'm drawing closer and closer to achieving this goal."

Roxie MunroRoxie Munro @roxiemunro is the author/Illustrator of 40+ children's books, including Market Maze, Busy Builders (winner of the Cook Prize STEM Honor); EcoMazes (SLJ starred, Smithsonian: Best Science Books for Children); Hatch! (Outstanding Science Trade Book, Society of School Librarians International Honor Award, Bank St College Best Book with Outstanding Merit); the award-winning Inside-Outside series: NYC, Washington DC, Paris, London, Texas, Libraries. She has also created twelve interactive apps: Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure; Roxie's Doors; Roxie's Puzzle Adventure; KIWIStoryBooks: Fire Station, TV Station, Rainforest, Coral Reef, Dinosaurs, Space Station, and others. She has presented at many conferences including SCBWI's Annual Winter Conference in New York on the subject of transitioning from print books to apps, nonfiction and concept books, gamification, and taking content crossmedia.
Hellie OgdenHellie Ogden @HellieOgden  is a Literary Agent with Janklow & Nesbit UK. She enjoys novels with exotic settings, bold twists and enticing protagonists and is looking for young adult and children’s debuts. Hellie is hands on editorially and loves to help shape a piece of work from the very rough idea through to a polished, original manuscript.
moMo O'Hara @mo_ohara moved to London from the United States because she wanted to live abroad but spoke no foreign languages. After a brief and unsuccessful stint as a serving wench at the Tower of London Mo found work as an actress and comedy performer. It was when she toured the UK as a storyteller that she started writing for kids. Mo’s debut novel, My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish was published by Macmillan in the UK and the USA in 2013. It’s follow up My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish the Sea-quel came out later that year in the UK and in 2014 in the USA. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish – Fins of Fury and My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish – Any Fin is Possible both came out in the UK in 2014. Live and Let Swim and Jurassic Carp were published in 2015. The series is now published in 12 languages worldwide. Her latest is a picture book: More People to Love Me, illustrated by Ada Grey, published in August 2016.
Lin OliverLin Oliver @linoliver Lin Oliver is a children’s book author and writer-producer of television series and movies for children. With Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling book series, Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Underachiever, which has sold over 4 million copies and is a hit television series on the BBC. Their new chapter book series, Here’s Hank, is also a New York Times best-seller. She is also the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk quartet, Sound Bender and The Shadow Mask, adventure/science fiction middle grade novels she coauthored with Theo Baker. Her collection of poetry, the highly praised Little Poems for Tiny Ears, illustrated by Tomie dePaola, is being followed with another poetry collection, Steppin’ Out: Playful Rhymes for Toddler Times. Her new chapter book series, The Fantastic Frame, debuted in April of this year from Grosset. Lin is the co-founder and Executive Director of SCBWI. Learn more at
Susan PriceSusan Price @priceclan gained her first publishing contract at the age of 16, with Faber and Faber. She won the Carnegie Medal, for The Ghost Drum, and the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Sterkarm Handshake. Besides Faber, her publishers have included Hodder, Scholastic, Puffin, Simon & Schuster, A & C Black and Corgi, among others. She began self-publishing in 2011, enabling her to supply demand for her out of print books, such as Ghost Drum and The Wolf’s Footprint. In 2016, she published her first original self-published title, The Drover’s Dogs. Her first two Sterkarm novels are soon to be republished, with a new novel, A Sterkarm Tryst, by e-publishers Open Road. She is a co-founder of the Authors Electric blog, where 29 self-publishing authors post each month.
Viviane SchwarzViviane Schwarz @vivschwarz is an award winning artist and author working in a variety of media to create playful, interactive experiences that encourage creativity. She is the author of several picture books including There are Cats in this Book, and Welcome to your Awesome Robot. Her books are available internationally and she has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal, the Roald Dahl Funny award and a British Comics Award. In 2011, she was one of the winners of the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award. Viviane also runs workshops about art, technology and design; she builds and runs games and interactive installations at international festivals, most recently a maze built from 200 meters of corrugated cardboard that ran on South Bank and at the Playful Arts Festival in Holland. Viv's website.

Benjamin ScottBenjamin Scott @benjamin_scott left advertising to pursue his passion for writing. He started his published writing career successfully pitching a non-fiction book for graduates. He has now written eight children’s books for book-packager Working Partners where he was lead author on the Star Fighters series (writing as Max Chase). He has taught creative writing for a range of schools and organisations, including the Oxford University Continuing Education Department and Swanwick, the Writers’ Summer School, as well as most recently teaching on the Creative Writing A Level for a local FE College. Benjamin also mentors other writers through his critiquing and editorial service. He is currently developing his own debut YA novel with his agent, Gillie Russell. Benjamin's website.

Yasmin StandenYasmin Standen @YasminStanden After reading Law, Yasmin was keen to work in a creative way. She worked in publishing and in 2004 she set up The Standen Literary Agency. Having a legal background was a great help and to date she has discovered a number of new writer’s. Yasmin was keen to be present throughout an author's career and be more involved, in 2014 she set up Three Hares Publishing and it is going from strength to strength, she has published eight titles to date and has 5 more in the pipeline. Three Hares titles are garnering fantastic reviews. As an agent and publisher she falls into a new and emerging hybrid category of agent / publisher. Someone needs to invent a clever name for it.

Paul SticklandPaul Stickland @naughtydinosaur has been the author, illustrator and designer of many very popular children's picture and pop up books including Dinosaur Roar, Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Galore, The Christmas Bear, One Bear One Dog, A Number of Dinosaurs, Swamp Stomp,Truck Jam, Big Dig, Big Bug Little Bug and others. Paul's author website
Catriona TippinCatriona Tippin@ProofreadingTip has been a member of SCBWI since 2006 and helps organise venues for SCBWI North East. Her writing for children has included published poetry, and she always has several ‘works in progress’. She proofreads educational material and house magazines professionally, and copyedits for the growing self-published world. She writes a monthly column on Proofreading Tips for Words & Pictures, the SCBWI British Isles online magazine. These now number over thirty and cover all aspects of proofreading.
Sarah TowleSarah Towle @towlesarah Sarah Towle is an award-winning author and educator turned publisher. Her Time Traveler Tours & Tales (TTT&T) harness first-person storytelling with the magic of the touchscreen to create treasure hunts to the past and #TurnHistoryOn for youth. A digital-first imprint that also publishes across formats, TTT&T currently seeks place-based stories about historic London and Revolutionary Boston. To stay up to date on all that’s happening at the intersection of children’s literature, educational travel, and tech, sign up for Sarah’s newsletter here.
RM TudorRebecca Tudor @RM_Tudor spent the first nine years of her career teaching geography in Oxford. Following the publication of her first children’s book, Box 1571, she moved back to North Staffordshire in order to pursue her passions for both teaching and writing. As well as conducting author visits and creative writing workshops in schools, Becky continues to teach supply work and tutors both primary and secondary pupils. She has also recently written several geographical resources for Oxford University Press.

Polly WhybrowPolly Whybrow Polly is the Editor for illustrated publishing at Bloomsbury Children’s Books. She started her career in – don’t tell anyone – adult publishing, and after working on a specialist children’s fiction title she knew she’d found her home. Polly has worked on YA, fiction and young fiction titles but now specialises in picture books – her one true love. She likes guffaw-on-first-reading funny stories, atmospheric writing and truly stunning illustrations. 


Caroline WalshCaroline Walsh @castiewalsh is a literary agent at David Higham Associates in London. She began her career at Book Trust before working as a children’s books editor for twelve years. She joined David Higham Associates as an agent in 1996 to be their children’s book specialist and her client list is made up predominantly of children's writers and illustrators, many of them award-winners and bestsellers, such as Jacqueline Wilson, Liz Pichon and Cressida Cowell. In addition she represents some adult fiction and non-fiction, including the writers Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Gardam. Caroline lives in West London with her husband and their two teenage children.

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