The Megaphone Team:
Leila Rasheed is a children’s author and creative writing tutor. She had the idea for Megaphone in 2014 after reading an article called Where are the people of color in children’s books?by Walter Dean Myers. She is the author of multiple children’s books, most recently EMPIRE’S END (Scholastic, 2020, shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets book award). Her experience includes designing and teaching a module in Writing for Children on the MA in Writing at the University of Warwick, working as a children’s bookseller and for the National Literacy Trust. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Over the past ten years she has worked with many emerging writers individually and in small groups to bring their writing to the best possible level. She has an MA in Children’s Literature from Roehampton (Surrey) and a distinction in an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick. She tweets @MegaphoneWrite and @LeilaR and her own website is www.leilarasheed.com . She lives in Birmingham.
Stephanie King is a commissioning editor at Usborne with a wealth of experience – in fact she worked on Leila’s first book nearly 10 years ago!