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LONDON Industry Insiders: From Writer to Author – The Intrepid Journey

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Date(s) - 14/05/2019
6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

The Idea Store, Whitechapel,
321 Whitechapel Rd, - London, E1 1BU

From Writer to Author – The Intrepid Journey

Join us for a panel discussion with award-winning children’s authors, MG Leonard and Peter Bunzl, literary agent Jo Williamson and commissioning editor from Usborne Publishing Becky Walker as they discuss the writers’ journeys to publication – from the first burst of inspiration to writing a finished manuscript, how they found time to fit in writing, how they dealt with rejection at different stages of the process, and how they eventually found their agents and went on to achieve publication and success. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

When: 6:15-8:45 pm on Tuesday 14th May 2019

Where: The Conference Room, 1st Floor, The Idea Store, Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU (nearest underground station: Whitechapel)

Tickets: £10 SCBWI members, £16 non-members

The price includes soft drinks and nibbles.

MG Leonard

M.G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books. Her Beetle Boy books have sold in thirty-seven countries and she is currently working with Nevision, writing the screenplay for a TV series based on the trilogy. She and her beetles have appeared on Blue Peter, Springwatch Unsprung, Countryfile, and the BBC documentary, The Bug Couple. Previously she worked as a digital media producer for the National Theatre, Harry Potter West End, the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. Maya lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons.

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Peter Bunzl

Peter Bunzl is a BAFTA winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of the Cogheart Adventures – a series of Victorian steampunk adventures for kids. The first book Cogheart was shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Waterstones Book Prize and the Branford Boase. It won the Dudley Teen Book Award, Sefton Super Reads and the Awesome Book Award. The sequel Moonlocket came out in 2017 and the third book in the series Skycircus is out now!

You can find out more about Peter on:

twitter – @peterbunzl

Instagram – @peter_bunzl

Facebook –

Or his website –

Jo Williamson

Jo Williamson has worked as an agent with Antony Harwood for over 10 years,  specialising in children’s books. Prior to this, she spent 10 years working in Children’s Publishing PR at DK, HarperCollins and Orion.  Jo represents across all ages in children’s publishing from picture books to YA. She is particularly keen on classic Middle Grade adventures, thought-provoking YA and books that reflect our multi-cultural society. Above all, anything with characters whose voices and stories linger long after the book is finished.

Becky Walker

Becky Walker read English Literature at the University of Durham, and is currently studying for an MA in Modern Literature at Goldsmiths University of London. She began her career working as a children’s bookseller in the much-loved children’s indie bookshop, The Lion and the Unicorn, before joining Usborne in 2011. Becky loves all things books, and couldn’t be more thrilled that she is able to work with such a talented bunch of authors and illustrators including Peter Bunzl, Sophie Anderson, P.G. Bell, Mitch Johnson, Matt Brown, Will Hill, Zillah Bethell, Namina Forna and Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. She was delighted to win the Branford Boase Award 2018, alongside Rebecca Hill and Mitch Johnson, for Mitch’s debut Kick.

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