Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Central East

Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex 

Image by John Shelley

What We Do

We have members in each county who act as the ears and eyes of Central East, allowing us to tailor events to members needs.

Areas with higher concentrations of members such as Cambridge and Norfolk have regular meetings for writers and illustrators, ranging from socials, critique meetings, workshops, sketchcrawls and other activities. Those counties with fewer members have less regular meetings, but are expanding with events online.

The whole network is bonded online through a lively, well-used Facebook Page. Please contact us to find out what’s happening near you via or the contact form below.

Regular Events


We now have a monthly online Book Club run by Cambridge member Anna Cole. This year we have read an amazingly diverse list which has included The Black Flamingo, Lampie and Where the River runs Gold.



We have also established a monthly online Scrawl Crawl run by Cambridge member Alina Surnaite. Virtual visits have included Opera de Paris, The State Darwin Museum, Moscow and The Albertine, Vienna.

Successes in Central East SCBWI

Catherine Emmett launched her picture book, King of the Swamp, in August with Simon and Schuster

Chrissie Sains’ new book An Alien in the Jam Factory will be published in April 2021

Annaliese Avery has signed a six figure contract with Scholastic. Her debut, The Nightsilver Promise will be out in May 2021

Suffolk member, Jane Martin, was taken on by the Ben Illis Agency




SCBWI British Isles Central East Region covers: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. It is open to all members of SCBWI living in these counties (or very close by!).

Although our members are geographically spread around East Anglia, we keep in touch through social media and a newsletter where members are encouraged to share news and recount recent successes (and disappointments!). 

Our Local Network Organiser is always keen to support members wishing to set up groups in their area, so do get in touch!

Our Network Organiser is writer Debbie Edwards in King’s Lynn.







John Shelley kindly provided the illustration for our Central East header. 

Contact Debbie via our contact form below.

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Our Critique Groups:

NB: All groups are meeting online during the pandemic and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Cambs (East)

Co-ordinated by Giuietta Spudich. Meets fortnightly in Cambridge and covers MG/YA.

Cambs (North)

Co-ordinated by Anita Lehmann. Meets monthly in Cambridge and covers MG/YA.

Cambs (West)

Co-ordinated by Alina Surnaite. Meets monthly in Cambridge and covers PB.

Herts (North)

Co-ordinated by Kate Rosevear.The group meets bi-monthly in Letchworth. PB/MG/YA

Suffolk PB Writers and Illustrators

Co-ordinated by Emma Graham on Facebook