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SCBWI Industry Insiders presents: The 1-1 Festival

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Date(s) - 05/03/2021 - 06/03/2021

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We’re very sorry that this event has now sold out. We understand that some members will be disappointed to not get a ticket. We tried to make the process as fair as possible and will look at running another event later in the year. The available spaces went in a matter of a couple minutes. 

SCBWI Industry Insiders presents: The 1-1 Festival


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 on 5-6 March 2021.

There will be a live panel discussion with UK agents and editors at 8pm on Friday 5 March, 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 Skype, to discuss a sample of your work submitted in advance. To close the festival there’s a Zoom social on Saturday evening, 8-9pm, where you can chat to other writers in small groups. We’ll be mixing these groups up every 15 minutes, to maximise mingling!

Agents and editors confirmed for the 1-1s include Davinia Andrew-Lynch, Lindsey Fraser, Kesia Lupo, Tom Bonnick, Anne Clark, Sallyanne Sweeney, Helen Boyle, Clare Wallace, Christabel McKinley, Josephine Hayes, Bella Pearson, Catherine Pellegrino and Hannah Sheppard.

Paid tickets of £35 include the Live Panel Discussion, a 1-1 session and the Social. They are available to SCBWI members only.


Paid bookings will be on a first come, first served basis and will open at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd February, GMT.


Booking Instructions

Before purchasing a ticket, please take note of the following:

  • Read the agent and editor bios below to see what age groups and genres they are interested in.
  • Choose 5 agents/editors. You will be asked to list these in order of preference on the booking form.
  • Make sure you have a Skype ID to enter when booking.
  • Please note that all 1-1s will take place on Saturday morning, 10am-12:30, except for Kesia Lupo’s 1-1 sessions which will take place on the morning of Friday 5th
  • Christabel McKinley’s 1-1 sessions may take place via Zoom rather than on Skype. Therefore, by selecting Christabel as one of your 5 preferred choices, you are agreeing for us to share your email details with her.
  • Once you have paid and booked, you will receive a booking confirmation email with a link to fill in a form to make your selection for a 1-1. This booking confirmation email will also include a link to the Zoom meeting for the Panel discussion and Social.We’ll then be in touch with confirmation of the agent/editor you’ve been paired with for your 1-1 session. While we’ll make every effort to pair you with one of your 5 preferred agents/editors, we cannot guarantee this. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • After you have been allocated an agent/editor, you will be asked to submit the first chapter of your manuscript (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point), plus a one-page synopsis (single spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point) as a single document, with a .doc or .docx extension. If you are submitting a picture book text, please submit the full text. For all submissions other than picture books, the first chapter should be no longer than 10 pages. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Wednesday, February 17th.


NB: the 5 FREE tickets for members/non-members who identify as being from a background currently under-represented in publishing have now all been allocated.


Participating Agent and Editor Bios


Anne Clark

Anne launched the Anne Clark Literary Agency in 2012 after twenty years in senior editorial roles within the publishing industry. The agency specialises in representing writers for children and young people and clients include Mike Barfield, Anne Booth, Cath Howe, Rebecca Patterson and Lucy Rowland. Right now she would love to see funny, heartfelt and magical middle grade fiction.


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Bella Pearson

Bella Pearson set up Guppy Books in 2019 after seventeen years at David Fickling Books. Guppy Books is a children’s fiction publisher whose authors include Louisa Reid, Beverley Birch, the Brothers McLeod and Sharon Creech. Two of its first six titles published were Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. Bella is open to anything and everything, as long as the voice is strong, original and the story sings.




Catherine Pellegrino

I have worked in publishing for nearly 30 years in house at Penguin and Bloomsbury and as a literary scout before becoming an agent in 2007, first at Rogers, Coleridge and White and then setting my own agency CPA whilst living abroad.  I returned to London in 2014 and joined Marjacq Scripts in 2015, merging my small list of children’s writers and now represent predominantly children’s writers, middle grade through to Young Adult, but also adult fiction and non-fiction.


Christabel McKinley

Christabel has been at David Higham Associates since 2018, having previously worked in translation rights and at a scouting agency, as well as teaching English in South Korea. She is looking for authors across all age ranges of children’s fiction, and is particularly drawn to original ideas and authentically child-oriented topics and voices.


Clare Wallace

Clare is the chief children’s and illustration talent-spotter at Darley Anderson. For MG, be it contemporary or historical, mysterious or funny, she loves a big hook or a big heart, and a standout voice. In YA, she is looking for thrillers, romance, and horror. For picture books she has the widest taste, from daft to lyrical, rhyming to prose.


Davinia Andrew-Lynch

Davinia Andrew-Lynch is a literary agent and the founder of boutique agency, ANDLYN.  Initially specialising in children’s and YA Fiction the agency has now expanded to represent a focused list of adult authors of commercial fiction and non-fiction. Davinia co-created the FAB PRIZE in association with Faber Children’s, which is now going into its’ fifth year. With the aim of discovering black and ethnic minority writers and illustrators the prize has acted as a springboard to many successful careers.    Previously, Davinia was an associate film/TV agent and a freelance editor.   She has drawn upon these skills to offer her clients a tailored and intimate service with big ambition. Her clients include: Annabelle Sami, Malcolm Duffy and Bex Hogan


Davinia loves pacy storytelling with heart.  In Middle Grade she’s on the lookout for epic, bold, contemporary and fresh adventures; and is particularly keen to see stories about girls’ friendships in all their forms.  For the YA market she’d love to find a clever twist on a heist type situation – and she’s always a fan of an unconventional genre mash-up!



Hannah Sheppard

Hannah Sheppard is a literary agent at the DHH Literary Agency. Her clients include Abi Elphinstone, Gabrielle Kent, Darren Charlton and Amy Beashel. Please send hooky, original concepts (a new, ingenious twist on something familiar…) for the MG, Teen and YA markets. She’d love to see more diverse voices and characters and something funny and uplifting would be great.


Helen Boyle

Helen is a literary and illustration agent at Pickled Ink agency with over fifteen years experience in children’s publishing. Amongst others, she represents Laura Ellen Anderson, Dominique Valente, Melissa Castrillón, Angela Woolfe, and Annaliese Avery. She’s looking for distinctive chapter books, middle grade and YA voices, with commercial hooks. She also works with author-illustrators on graphic novels, illustrated fiction and picture book proposals. Her MSWL can be found here –


Josephine Hayes

Jo is growing her list of children’s authors at The Blair Partnership.  She enjoys the creative collaborative process of working hands-on editorially and advising on manuscripts with the aim of finding exactly the right editor and publishing house for an author’s work. She is looking for children’s books that you can nimbly describe in one or two sentences: stories with unexpected twists, ‘real-world’ books with a dash of magic, a brave anti-hero, unique voice or unreliable narrator, brilliant world-building, and diverse and marginalised authors writing across all genres and age ranges.


Kesia Lupo

Kesia Lupo lives in Bristol and works as Senior Editor for boutique children’s publisher, Chicken House. Her roster of talented authors includes Jasbinder Bilan (Asha and the Spirit Bird), Ben Oliver (The Loop) and James Nicol (The Apprentice Witch). She is currently acquiring middle-grade and YA fiction and is particularly interested in stories from underrepresented groups. She also enjoys SFF and horror.


Lindsey Fraser

Lindsey Fraser is one half of Fraser Ross Associates, the literary agency she established with Kathryn Ross in 2002. The agency specialises in books for young people of all ages, representing around 50 writers and illustrators. She would be happy to read submissions for any age of reader, written in any genre, from picture books to YA.


Sallyanne Sweeney

A Director at Mulcahy Associates, Sallyanne was Chair of the Children’s Agents’ Circle from 2014-2018 and in 2020, her clients won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola) and YA Book Prize (Juno Dawson). Sallyanne is growing her list of authors and illustrators, from picture books to YA. She is always excited by a distinctive voice, strong storytelling and a fresh premise, as well as anything that makes her laugh and cry.

Jo Williamson
Jo has worked as an agent with Antony Harwood since 2008. She has built up a children’s list ranging from picture book authors up to YA. Her clients have been shortlisted for prizes such as Kate Greenaway Award, Branford Boase and Waterstones Book Prize. She also represents adult thriller writers and women’s fiction authors. She is looking for rich stories and voices that sing.
Prior to becoming an agent, she spent over 10 years working in publishing PR for DK, HarperCollins and Orion.

Tom Bonnick

Tom Bonnick is a senior commissioning fiction editor at Nosy Crow, where he commissions from young illustrated fiction to middle grade. He has been named Young Independent Publisher of the Year at the IPG Independent Publishing Awards, a Bookseller Rising Star, a Digital Book World Fellow, and an Arts Council England/ Bologna Children’s Book Fair Fellow. He is the Chair of the IPG Children’s Special Interest Group, and has mentored for the IPG, SYP, and Creative Access.





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