Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Central North

Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. 

Illustration by Carol Daniel

What We Do

Welcome to our lively, friendly group. We aim to offer regular meetings and events in our region and we welcome newbies and oldbies alike, writers and illustrators  published or unpublished. In common with other SCBWI networks our members are quite geographically spread out and we know timings and locations won’t suit everyone. If you’re on Facebook you can apply to join our SCBWI Central North group to be ‘virtually’ connected but we’d like to support our members in the ‘real’ world as well. If you want to set something up in your part of Central North or simply connect with fellow SCBWIs near to you, get in touch and we’ll try to help.

Critique Groups

We have a monthly critique meeting in Lincoln, held on a Saturday from 10.30am – 1.30pm. Currently this is held at The University of Lincoln. We critique everything from picture books to YA and illustrations and we aim to support new members with giving and receiving critiques so that everyone feels happy doing so. Work is emailed in advance to attendees so there’s plenty of time to read everything!


We hold a monthly brunch in Nottingham, usually on the first Tuesday of each month, from 11am – 1pm in a city centre cafe. Members meet to chat about all things writerly and illustrating with a bit of informal goal setting for good measure. At the moment, we’re quite a small group so dates/timings are subject to change. Email Liz at if you’d like to join us so that we can keep you updated.

Workshops and Events

We hold regular workshops and talks on topics of interest to the group. These are either run by our group members or sometimes by visiting speakers including local librarians, published authors and illustrators, and children’s editors and agents.

Events in 2018 included: a panel discussion about the Kate Greenaway Medal at Newark Book Festival with illustrator, Bridget Marzo and Greenaway judge, Chris Bertenshaw; and a talk on Scriptwriting for Children from children’s writer extraordinaire, Kate Scott.

We’re busy planning our 2019 events which we hope will include a return to Newark Book Festival; a workshop on writing for the education market; and some 1-2-1 professional manuscript reviews.


To give you a flavour of how great it is to be a part of SCBWI Central North, we’d like to tell you about somebody and something we’re very proud of.

In December 2015 our Co-Networks Organiser, Gill Hutchison, died unexpectedly. Gill was a multi-talented writer for all ages but to us, and the many people who knew her, Gill was also an amazing source of support, fun and inspiration.  Her death came too early and before she could see the growing interest in her writing translated into publishing success. In Gill’s memory and with the generous support of her family and friends, we were able to publish Gill’s beautiful picture book, Littlest Magpie and the star, illustrated by Carol Daniel.




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The Central North Local Networks Organizers are Addy Farmer (on the right) and Liz Miller. You can get in touch with us via our contact form below or email You can also find us on Facebook in SCBWI Central North.  
Addy is published with a chapter book, Grandad’s Bench, (Walker) and picture books, Siddarth and Rinki (PRH) and commissioned picture books, A Bagful of Stars with Bridget Strevens and A Place Called Home with Louise Gardner. She won A Northern Writer’s Award in 2015 for Outstanding Promise for her teen novel, The Empty Girl and is currently working with the Golden Egg Academy, on Rabbity, a mid-grade story.                 
Addy is Patron of Reading at two local schools and vice-chair of North Lincs Children’s Literacy Trust. She loves to work in schools doing loads of writing workshops. In her spare time she cycles, makes films, fences epee and has a very understanding family. The SCBWI has been part of her life for more than 12 years now and she wouldn’t have it any other way.        
Liz has been a SCBWI member since 2010. She was advised it would be the single best thing she could do to improve her writing and it has been! She’s also met some truly lovely, generous people along the way. Liz volunteers for too many things, sometimes works as a teaching assistant and writes picture book stories, which she hopes to see published one day. She is frequently inspired by the writing and illustration journeys of those lovely, generous SCBWI members.
Banner illustration kindly provided by Carol Daniel.

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