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Carnegie Event

Carnegie Event

The Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards for outstanding achievement in children’s writing and illustration has partnered with The Reading Agency to host two virtual shortlist events for young readers this May. Each of the free interactive events, the #YotoCarnegieLIVE and...

Kate Greenaway Event

Kate Greenaway Event

The Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards for outstanding achievement in children’s writing and illustration has partnered with The Reading Agency to host two virtual shortlist events for young readers this May. Each of the free interactive events, the #YotoCarnegieLIVE and...

Masterclass for Illustrators

Masterclass for Illustrators

Creating appealing, engaging and authentic characters is essential to making successful picture books. In this one-day masterclass with the award-winning Dapo Adeola (Look Up!) and acclaimed illustrator Chanté Timothy, you’ll explore character case studies, and use...

London Book Fair

London Book Fair

Next week is London Book Fair, running from 5th – 7th April at London Olympia. Our sister company, Wacky Bee Books, will be showcasing their books on the MMS stand, 1B10 in the children’s publishing section, so feel free to swing by and take a look....

London Book Fair

London Book Fair

London Book Fair has announced its Author HQ events programme for 2022 promising “a range of inspiring content from authors and industry experts”. London Book Fair runs from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th April at London Olympia. More details here...

Illustration Exhibition

Illustration Exhibition

The annual Cambridge MA children’s book illustration graduate exhibition opened today and runs until 19th February. The exhibition is taking place at Candid Arts Trust Gallery, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ, 10am to 6pm. Students of the course have regularly...

Book Launch

Book Launch

Head over to The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop in Richmond on Saturday 26th February, 2pm-4pm. Author, Zoe Antoniades, is returning to the shop to celebrate the launch of the third book in the Cally & Jimmy series:Twins Together. Zoe is also running a GoFundMe...

Reality Check

Reality Check

Available from 11.30am on Weds 2nd March. Featuring £1 book authors Ben Bailey Smith, Sharna Jackson, and Rashmi Sirdeshpande, students will learn about creating realist fiction or writing non-fiction on topical issues. This event will be available to watch on the...

Using Your Imagination

Using Your Imagination

World Book Day 2022 kicks off on Thursday, 3rd March. Virtual event Using Your Imagination will be available to watch on the WBD website or on YouTube from 10am. No registration is needed. Featuring £1 book authors Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, Simon Farnaby, Michael...

Championing the Short Story

Championing the Short Story

Independent press Scratch Books, “dedicated to the art of the short story”, is to launch in London in March, kicking off with an event featuring authors including Irenosen Okojie and Sarah Hall. Its first title, Reverse Engineering, features seven short...

Workshop: Editing a Novel

Workshop: Editing a Novel

Learn how to edit and publish an award-winning novel with A.M.Dassu. Thursday February 17th, 18.30 – 20.30, online. Dassu will show you what it takes to get published. From reading within your genre, to the importance of critique, editing, rewriting, submitting...

In Conversation with Beverley Naidoo

In Conversation with Beverley Naidoo

Join award-winning children’s author, Beverley Naidoo, on Wednesday 20th October, 7 -8pm. Hear her discuss her Carnegie Medal-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, and its story of Nigerian refugee children in the UK. The conversation will look at the...

EmpathyLab Training

EmpathyLab Training

If you work in a school or public library and believe the world needs more empathy, the EmpathyLab have just the training course for you. Join them across two half days and learn how to use books to develop empathy skills and understanding in children and young...

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

The Wokingham Children’s Book Festival will be held on the weekend of Saturday October 16th to Sunday October 17th. This is a two day festival where you can meet and listen to talks by authors of children’s books. Learn about the process of writing and have a lot of...

Development Week 2021

Development Week 2021

Each year, BookTrust Represents offers free industry training to aspiring/emerging authors and illustrators of colour. With a mix of workshops, advice clinics and expert Q&As, the training sessions are hosted by well-known children’s book authors and illustrators...

The Bookseller Children’s Conference

The Bookseller Children’s Conference

This year the Bookseller Children’s Conference is virtual again and runs from 20th – 23rd September. Whether you’re an editor or an agent, in publicity or production, a librarian or a bookseller, a published or unpublished author, there has never been a...

London Book Fair Online

London Book Fair Online

The London Book Fair has unveiled the full programme for its Online Book Fair, with seminars, panel debates and author events taking place from 21st June to 1st July. Topics covered diverse include diverse narratives, sustainable publishing, children’s access to...

Comics Club Special

Comics Club Special

The Alligator’s Mouth is hosting a guest author Comics Club special with Phil Corbett on June 24th, celebrating his new book, Kitty Quest! Dog Man meets the Lord of the Rings in this laugh-out-loud graphic novel debut about two aspiring adventurers who face off...

Success Stories

Over the past 20 years we have been instrumental in helping writers find their place with publishers, whether directly or indirectly. The following is just a handful of our success stories…

"Thank you for turning this around so quickly for me. The feedback is invaluable and will allow me to make a number of really worthwhile amends before approaching publishers. As I go through the report in more detail I may have the odd question, so thank you for being open to further assistance."

R Myles (Manuscript Appraisal Service)

"I’d like to thank you for your words of encouragement. My wife said to my children after the phone call, ‘That’ll be it now, you won’t see your dad for months as he’ll be busy writing.’ How true!"

Neil Swinney (Telephone Appraisal Service)

"Sharing our book with Louise Jordan at the Writers’ Advice Centre was one of our most important steps on the road to publication of our book My Mum’s a Bug-Eyed Monster. Without Louise’s advice about story pacing and which publishers to target, our monster mum may still be languishing in the slush swamp!"

Andy Rigden & Jim Landen (Face to Face Meeting)

"I am finding this writing course very enjoyable and feel inspired by the assignments. I find your feedback particularly motivating and believe that signing up to this course has not only developed my writing confidence, but is one of the best things I did for my writing career"

Kim White (Home Study Course)

"Thank you for facilitating such an excellent workshop yesterday. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to write for children. Experienced writers would definitely benefit from it as well. Pure gold!"

A Chisambo (Writing Workshop)