AND THE STARS WERE BURNING BRIGHTLY lights up the world of books!

I am incredibly excited to be holding the proof copy of And the Stars Were Burning Brightly  by Danielle Jawando. Just look at this gorgeous thing! Then go and pre-order it from your bookseller of choice! https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/And-the-Stars-Were-Burning-Brightly/Danielle-Jawando/9781471178771 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stars-Were-Burning-Bpa/dp/1471178773 https://www.waterstones.com/book/and-the-stars-were-burning-brightly/danielle-jawando/9781471178771 And the Stars Were Burning Brightly was written during the Megaphone scheme, so it is anContinue reading “AND THE STARS WERE BURNING BRIGHTLY lights up the world of books!”

Megaphone: end of an amazing year!

So, it’s hard to believe, but Megaphone has come to an end. The year is completed and I will now be taking stock, evaluating and planning for the future. We have filmed footage of the writers for a short film which is in the editing process at the moment. The only element of the programmeContinue reading “Megaphone: end of an amazing year!”

Short Course: Writing Children’s & Young Adult Fiction: Get Started!

This short course isn’t a Megaphone event,  but it is being taught by Leila Rasheed (me) and organised by Writing West Midlands, one of Megaphone’s key supporters. It begins on May 3rd and runs for six weeks. If you are curious about writing for children, or don’t feel ready yet to apply to Megaphone butContinue reading “Short Course: Writing Children’s & Young Adult Fiction: Get Started!”

#LBF17 full house – thank you!

The picture says it all. It was standing room only! Thank you to the many people who turned up to hear the Megaphone writers read and to help celebrate their achievements. And thank you to the Megaphone writers themselves, who all gave excellent readings despite nerves. You were all superb and I hope you enjoyedContinue reading “#LBF17 full house – thank you!”

Megaphone writer to appear in Scoop

Delighted to say that Nafisa Muhtadi, currently on the Megaphone scheme, has impressed the editor at Scoop Magazine and will be published alongside names such as Neil Gaiman, Tom Stoppard and Jacqueline Wilson! This will be her first print publication credit. Scoop is an exciting newspaper for children aged 8 – 12, with experienced andContinue reading “Megaphone writer to appear in Scoop”

Megaphone participants’ recent success:

It’s great to start the week with some good news about Megaphone participants – obviously we know they are talented writers who’ll go far, but it’s good to see that being recognised elsewhere too! Joyce Efia Harmer has been shortlisted to take part in the Penguin Random House taster day #WriteNow- her entry stood out from overContinue reading “Megaphone participants’ recent success:”