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George KirkGeorge Kirk @georgekirk2, Co-chair of Conference Committee. After completing a degree in English Literature and Drama George Kirk 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.
RM TudorRM Tudor @RM_Tudor, Co-chair of Conference Committee. Becky became a member of SCBWI after meeting Candy Gourlay at the Oxford Literary Festival, and she has never looked back. Following the publication of Becky’s first children’s book, Box 1571, she volunteered to be on the conference committee, where she has been print materials and university liaison, speakers’ co-ordinator for writers, and now co-chair. After being a teacher for nine years, Becky moved to North Staffordshire to pursue a free-lance career in teaching and writing. She now conducts author visits, teaches supply work and has written several geographical resources for Oxford University Press. She loves latin and ballroom dancing.
Natascha BiebowNatascha Biebow, Regional Advisor (Chair). RA since 1998, Natascha has been involved in planning SCBWI BI conferences since the beginning. She writes picture books and is exploring creative non-fiction picture books and crafting a middle-grade novel. She is the author of Elephants Never Forget (1995) and Is this My Nose? (2008), winner of the Bookstart Best Book for Babies. Editor of numerous award-winning children’s books, with over 20 years’ experience, her favourite task is shaping stories. She runs Blue Elephant Storyshaping, an editing, coaching and mentoring service empowering writers and illustrators to fine-tune their work pre-submission. She blogs on Picture Book Den and Ask a Picture Book Editor.
Juliet Clare BellJuliet Clare Bell @julietclarebell (always known as Clare), Mass Book Launch. Clare's picture books Don't Panic Annika (illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris and recently featured on Cbeebies) and The Kite Princess (illustrated by Laura-Kate Chapman and endorsed by Amnesty International UK) were both shortlisted for the Crystal Kite Prize (Europe). Non Fiction picture book Two Brothers and a Chocolate Factory, The Remarkable Story of Richard and George Cadbury was published in March 2016. She is also the author of The Unstoppable Maggie McGee (illustrated by Dave Gray), created to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital. She jointly coordinates the SCBWI Central West region and facilitates a monthly picture book critique group in Birmingham.; she blogs on Picture Book Den

Mike BrownlowMike Brownlow @mikebrownlow1, illustrator coordinator, is a best-selling, prize-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Ten Little series, which includes Pirates, Princesses, Dinosaurs, shortly to be joined by Ten Little Monsters. Mike also created Little Robots, which started out as a picture book, and went on to become a 65 episode TV series, which is still frequently shown on CBeebies. He’s worked for many of the leading publishers including Orchard, Bloomsbury, MacMillans, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, OUP and Piccadilly Press.

Jan Carr

Jan Carr @jancarr, Party Co-ordinator, The Hook, & Friday Fringe. Jan's had a varied career: growing a particularly lanky family, some teaching, and lots of community work. Editing Words & Pictures is one of those jobs of which she's most proud. Currently, Jan teaches people about the joy of too much fabric, runs an inclusive community craft group and is recording an album of unaccompanied folk song. In between times she's still trying to make the dream of seeing her work for readers aged 9+ in print, a reality.

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 23.46.54Dom Conlon @headfirst_dom, Print Materials and University Liaison. Dom is, in the main, baffled but nonetheless continues to write a little more each day. Much of what he writes is shared with the world through his website. He loves astronauts, giants and peculiar doctors – all of the things he is not. When he is not writing, Dom eats ice cream. www.
Kathryn EvansKathryn Evans @mrsbung, Finance. Kathy is the author of young adult novel More of Me, published by Usborne in February 2016. Following a degree in drama and a short career in theatre, Kathy quickly realised she was likely to starve unless she got a proper job. She didn't get a proper job, she married a farmer and became Queen of Spreadsheets for a strawberry farm. A talent she now shares with SCBWI BI as their Finance Co-ordinator. As well as writing, which she tries to see as work even though it's far too much fun most of the time, Kathryn also collects odd hobbies including belly dancing and fencing.

Addy FarmerAddy Farmer @addyfarmer, 1-2-1 Assistant Coordinator,  writes stories for 4 – 14. She has published with Random House and Walker with a  picture book Worlds Apart soon forthcoming with Frances Lincoln. She is also the author of  apicture book, A Bagful of Stars, illustrated by Bridget Marzo. She was winner of A Northern Writers Award last year for outstanding promise with her teen novel, The Empty Girl. She is networks head for SCBWI Central North, and helps organise the 1-2-1s for the Winchester conference. She teaches part time, blogs at Notes from the Slushpile, makes short films, fences epee and has a very understanding family.

Candy GourlayCandy Gourlay @candygourlay, Pulse Sessions and Website Design. Candy is on her fifth or maybe sixth or perhaps seventh year of volunteering with the conference team. As a SCBWI newbie at her first conference, Candy was desperate to share her work and see the work of others so she started the Friday Night Critique. She quickly handed that on to someone else when she realised that running it meant missing the free volunteer and faculty dinner. Now that she's published, Candy's excited to develop events that appeal to the burgeoning numbers of published members and has been working with Mo O'Hara to brainstorm and organise events aimed at published members — but always, always inclusive of other members on other parts of this roller coaster publishing journey. She was twice winner of the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe for her debut Tall Story and her second book, Shine, which was also nominated for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2014. She blogs on Notes from the Slushpile – a team blog on writing for children's writers – and on her author blog,

Liz MillerLiz Miller @liz_m_miller, 1-1 Coordinator for Fiction. Liz likes to make lists to fool herself that she is an organised person. Sometimes she can even appear organised to the outside world and she gets to volunteer for things, something else she likes to do. She lives in the East Midlands and takes frequent breaks from list making and volunteering to write picture books, which one day she hopes to get published.

Paul MortonPaul Morton @paulhotfrog, 1-1 Coordinator for Illustrators. Paul is a full time professional illustrator and owner of Hot Frog Graphics. Creating artwork for magazines, advertising, packaging design, food illustration, children's games, posters and postcards. But more importantly I'm working slowly towards getting my own story and pictures published via Picture Book Apps, novelty PB's and most recently, independent publishing, with the creation of Felix the First Aid Frog.

moMo O'Hara @mo_ohara, Pulse Sessions. Originally from America, Mo moved to London 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, 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. A picture book, 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.
Anne-Marie PerksAnne-Marie Perks @annmarieperks, Illustrator Coordinator. Anne-Marie has been illustrating for publishers, design studios and film projects for many years. She teaches concept art and animation at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe. Anne-Marie's website, Anne-Marie's Tumblr

Alice Hemming

Alice Hemming @alicehemming1, Website. Alice Hemming writes for children of all ages. Her first book, 'The Black and White Club' was published by Maverick in September 2013.  She has since written four more picture books and five early readers.  She loves school visits.

Clare ToveyClare Tovey @dragonflyclef, Speakers (Illustration) "Start them young" they say, and I certainly started young. Toddling across the living room armed with a sticky fist of coloured pencils ready to enter a new world of adventure, conveniently placed behind the family sofa. Although my steps are more assured, I’m still walking the same path, eyes observing the world with the same wonderment, only now better prepared. Each day I carry enough paraphernalia – pens, pencils, paints, drawing books and notebooks – to keep me busy for days, rather weeks. Along with the need to observe and create, I’ve been developing my illustration style over recent years. My hope is to see my work enjoyed by a wider audience, particularly children, and continue to develop new skills and embrace new adventures.

Sarah TowleSarah Towle @towlsarah, Spark Sessions. 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.
Sue WallmanSue Wallman @swallman, Organiser of the Margaret Carey Scholarship. Sue is a former magazine journalist and author of YA novel Lying About Last Summer (Scholastic). Her second book will be published in May 2017. She won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction First Chapter Competition in 2013.
Suzie WildeSusie Wilde @susiewilde, Front of House. She is an author and playwright for children and a creative writing teacher for all age groups. Her debut novel The Book of Bera, a thrilling Viking Age fantasy for Young Adults and upwards, was recently successfully funded on Unbound.

Harriet Worrell

Harriet Worrell , Assistant Regional Advisor. Aspiring author, seeking agent for MG novel whilst ambitiously and slowly writing a second (when not working or caring for my 5 year old daughter). I have always enjoyed writing, getting great satisfaction from seeing my characters come to life and take charge of the story. In a previous life I was Project Manager for a large corporation; where one is an anonymous worker, grafting for the greater good. Currently I am PA to a local Town Mayor, which is satisfying on a personal and professional level. I live in a rural town in Cheshire, next door to the Peak District. 

Jonny WoodJonny Wood or @mrjonnywood. Booking Form. Jonny is a freelance designer, developer and brand consultant who fell into the world of children’s illustration only a couple of years ago. Since landing in this magical place Jonny has been looking around, listening a lot and meeting some great people. As such he’s decided to give back a little and offer some of his time to help out. Being his first year as a volunteer he’s probably going to make some mistakes but knows he’s in safe hands with the rest of the team. Jonny would really like to hone his illustrations and one day see his work published, ideally alongside his wife who writes children’s picture books.

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