Tower Hamlets Book Award

Megaphone director Leila Rasheed’s EMPIRE’S END has been shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award. Hooray! The book is part of the Voices series published by Scholastic, which explores hidden stories of people of colour in British history. It follows a girl from Leptis Magna in Libya, who makes a dangerous journey with the emperorContinue reading “Tower Hamlets Book Award”

GAP Arts mentoring for young Birmingham theatre writers

GAP Arts is offering mentoring for theatre writers based in Birmingham, ideally Balsall Heath, and aged 18 – 30. This will be a wonderful opportunity for learning, skills development and growth. See below for details and how to apply: 2020 VISION: Young Theatre Writers . https://www.thegapartsproject.co.uk/ The GAP is just embarking on an ambitious andContinue reading “GAP Arts mentoring for young Birmingham theatre writers”

The Carole Blake Open Doors project seeks applications!

Many of the barriers that people of colour  encounter as writers can, in my view, be traced back to the lack of diversity in publishing. Editors of colour are few and far between, and literary agents still fewer and further! The Carole Blake Open Doors project is one example of a literary agency trying toContinue reading “The Carole Blake Open Doors project seeks applications!”

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!”

The Emma Press wants your picture books!

From 14th January 2019, The Emma Press will be accepting picture book proposals for children. Successful proposals will be matched with an illustrator, and authors who illustrate their own work are also welcome to submit. Find out more here: https://theemmapress.com/2018/11/call-for-picture-book-manuscripts/ I’ve known The Emma Press for a while now, as an energetic and exciting Birmingham-basedContinue reading “The Emma Press wants your picture books!”