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SCBWI British Isles 1-1 Festival

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Date(s) - 01/10/2021 - 02/10/2021

Zoom - virtual meeting online
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SCBWI Industry Insiders presents: The 1-1 Festival


BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL TICKETS ALLOCATED. If you have applied and not heard please note that you are on the waiting list.

Are you looking for the opportunity to meet UK agents or editors and have them critique your work? Then join us for The 1-1 Festival held online Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd October 2021.

There will be a live event with a UK agent at 8pm on Friday evening where you will have the chance to ask questions. You’ll also get the opportunity to have a 15 minute 1-1 session with an agent or editor of your choice via Zoom on Saturday, to discuss a sample of your work submitted in advance (query letter + synopsis + 1st 10 pages of an MG/YA manuscript, or 2-3 picture book texts). To close the festival there’s a Zoom social on Saturday evening, 8-9pm, where you can chat to other writers.

For details of participating agents and editors, see below.

Paid tickets of £35 include the live event with an agent, a 1-1 session and the Social. They are available to SCBWI British Isles members only.

A number of free tickets for underrepresented writers are available. You do not need to be a SCBWI member in order to apply.* 

Applications for all tickets are now closed. Tickets will be allocated by a computer-generated randomiser. Anyone who is unsuccessful at securing a ticket will be held on a waiting list. Priority will be given to writers who did not get a ticket to the 1-1 Festival held in March. 

NB: If you have not received an email confirming your place at the 1-1 Festival by midnight on 24th August, please assume you have been unsuccessful and will be automatically placed on a waiting list.

Please note that while we will do our best to allocate you with one of your agent/editor preferences, this is not always possible.

*Eligibility for Free Places – Terms & Conditions

To apply for one of the free places at the 1-1 Festival, you do not have to be a member of SCBWI, but you should meet the following criteria:

You should identify as being from a background currently under-represented in publishing – Disabled, LGBTQIA+ Working Class, Writers of Colour (Black, Asian, Arabic, Mixed-Raced and Non-white Latinx)

You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to writing for children (i.e. have taken part in critique groups or have taken advantage of free courses and resources that are available).

Without the free place, you would struggle to afford to attend.

Participating Agents & Editors

Eishar Brar

Eishar Brar is Editorial Director at Knights Of, an inclusive publisher focused on publishing underrepresented voices. In her role she creates space for non-trauma led narratives and aims to widen the scope of Own Voices publishing through her commissioning. Her list of authors includes Elle McNicoll, Candice Carty-Williams and Burhana Islam.

Eishar would like to see chapter books (5-7), middle grade, teen/YA.

Carmen McCullough

Carmen is an Editorial Director at Penguin Random House Children’s working on fiction and non-fiction for 6+ readers. She works on a varied and exciting list of titles – from hilarious middle grade by Greg James and Chris Smith to reimaginings of much-loved classics with Carrie Hope Fletcher to award-winning YA novels in verse such as Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann.

Carmen would like to see chapter books (5-7), middle grade, teen/YA.

Clare Wallace

Clare joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011 and is building both the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency and the Darley Anderson Illustration Agency lists. As chief talent-spotter, Clare represents picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, teenage and YA. Whatever the age range, Clare is always looking for funny, a big hook, a lot of heart, and a standout voice.

Clare would like to see picture books, chapter books (5-7), middle grade, teen/YA.

Lydia Silver

After a childhood buried in library books and Beanos, Lydia started her career at Egmont, before joining the Darley Anderson team in 2018. She is building an engaging and diverse list and loves working editorially with her clients. Three words to describe her tastes are curious, characterful and heartfelt, and three books are One of Us is Lying, Nevermoor and You Are Awesome.

Lydia would like to see picture books, chapter books (5-7), middle grade, teen/YA.

Kathryn Ross

Kathryn Ross is a partner in Fraser Ross Associates the Edinburgh-based Literary Agency she co-founded with Lindsey Fraser in 2002. They currently represent 50 writers and illustrators for children and young adults, including Vivian French, Tanya Landman, Chae Strathie & Barroux, and they are always on the look-out for original and exciting writing talent.

Kathryn would like to see picture books, chapter books (5-7), middle grade, teen/YA.

James Catchpole

The Catchpole Agency is a family business set up in 1995 by Celia, now run by her son James. The agency has always had a leaning toward picture books, with Polly Dunbar, Sean Taylor, Michelle Robinson and Eoin McLaughlin among their clients. James develops texts editorially and then reads them out to editors – these days on zoom. He is also a picture book author.

James would like to see picture books only.

Amber Caraveo

Amber Caravéo is co-founder of Skylark Literary – – a boutique agency that seeks and supports the best in Children’s and YA fiction. Prior to that, Amber was the Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books and worked in other major trade publishers. She is seeking strong, distinctive voices, unique concepts, diverse storytelling – and loves humour and a great plot twist!

Amber would like to see chapter books (5-7), middle grade, teen/YA.

Jo Williamson

Jo has worked as an agent with Antony Harwood for over 13 years and prior to that was in publishing PR for more than a decade. She is particularly keen on finding new talent in MG and younger fiction genres.

Jo would like to see chapter books (5-7), or middle grade only.

Penny Thomas

Penny Thomas is the Publisher with Firefly Press, publishing books for 5-19 year olds. She has a degree in English Language and Literature and worked as a regional journalist for 15 years before moving to Seren Books where she was fiction editor. She has freelanced for a number of other publishers including Chicken House and Honno Welsh Woman’s Press.
Penny would like to see chapter books (5-7 years), Middle Grade, Teen/YA.