Skylark Literary sponsoring a place on the Book Bound writers’ retreat

Skylark Literary are generously sponsoring a place on the Book Bound Writers’ Retreat in order to advance and support inclusivity within children’s publishing.

Amber and Jo of Skylark say, ‘We firmly believe that children’s publishing would be all the richer for the inclusion of more diverse voices. We’ve long been considering what we can do to help achieve a more even playing field for all aspiring children’s writers, no matter their background or financial position. The Book Bound team are experts in giving authors the skills to strengthen their craft and, hopefully, develop writing careers. We are excited to give that Book Bound opportunity to someone who might otherwise not have had the chance.’

For full details and how-to-apply, click here:

Danielle Jawando, Megaphone graduate, signs two book deal!

Huge congratulations to Danielle Jawando , one of the Megaphone ‘graduates’, who  has secured a two book deal with Simon and Schuster for AND THE STARS WERE BURNING BRIGHTLY, the YA novel she was writing during the Megaphone programme. It is such a stunning novel, beautifully written but also covering some really powerful and important themes. I am so excited to know that it will be reaching a much wider readership, in 2020! Danielle is represented by the Madeleine Milburn agency.
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Danielle Jawando

De-Colonising Children’s Literature – March 29, Mancs.

De-Colonising Children’s Literature – an evening of discussion about diversity in YA Fiction (including the launch of the Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize)

Thu, March 29, 2018 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM | International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY


Join authors, Jamila Gavin (Blackberry Blue, Coram Boy), Catherine Johnson (Sawbones and The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo), Pete Kalu (Silent Striker, Zombie XI), Bali Rai (City of Ghosts) and Alex Wheatle (Crongton Knights and Liccle Bit) for an evening of discussion about the (under) representation of black and minority ethnic characters in Children’s and Young Adult Fiction and the role of the Gothic in confronting the traumas from Britain’s history. Featuring readings and panel discussions chaired by Youth Libraries Group Jake Hope and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Chloe Germaine Buckley and devised in partnership with Commonword, this promises to be a vibrant and interesting event.


The event will also feature the launch of the Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize, with judge Alex Wheatle and Artistic Director of Commonword, Pete Kalu. See for more details.

Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize 2018 …

The Commonword Diversity Young Adult Fiction Prize 2018 welcomes submissions from unpublished middle grade children’s AND young adult authors whose writing embraces …


Scheduled to coincide with the start of the Easter break, this will be a fantastic opportunity for teachers, librarians, writers and readers to relax over a glass of wine, listen to fascinating discussion and stock up on some holiday reading.


Register for a free ticket on Eventbrite.

Colonial Countryside: writing opportunity

I grew up going to National Trust properties – and of course the trope of the mysterious, magical country house is embedded in British children’s literature: from Green Knowe to the Professor’s house where Lucy finds the wardrobe. But the pleasure of visiting these properties, and indeed reading about them, was made complicated for me when I learned more about their historical relation to race, power and colonialism. That’s why I think the Colonial Countryside project, led by Peepal Tree Press, looks really exciting- and they’re commissioning ten writers! Why not apply, and be part of reclaiming history? You can read more about the project, here: