Saturday, 25 February 2017

2016 SCBWI Spark Award for Denise Deegan

We’re very excited that writer Denise Deegan, a member of the SCBWI Ireland chapter, has won the 2016 SCBWI Spark Award for her young adult historical novel of love and war, Through the Barricades. The picture book winners are writer Kara Levin and illustrator Vlada Soshkina for Soldier.

“These are both excellent examples of self-publishing, which we hope will help raise the bar on this aspect of our field.” - Lin Oliver, Co-Founder of the SCBWI

Along with the Spark book seal, each winner has opportunities to promote the book through the SCBWI and to attend a conference tuition-free! SCBWI Irelands Regional Advisor, Colleen Jones interviewed Denise for Words & Pictures.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Meet the Illustration Committee!

SCBWI is full of heroes who sacrifice their time and energy to keep things running. Some volunteers can appear quite anonymous, working busily behind the scenes, and the Illustration Committee is no exception. So we asked all 10 members to get their pens out, sketch a self-portrait and explain a little of what we do, and why we do it. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Special Events Feature: 'We Need to Talk About Cultural Appropriation' Event Report

“We Need to Talk About Cultural Appropriation” said the invite, the event sold out in 24 hours and people certainly lined up for the chance to do that. Nick Cross attended the highly anticipated discussion and reports back:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

How to Grow a Trilogy: Fran Price interviews Claire Fayers

From unpublished to three-book deal, Claire Fayers' authorial story so far is the stuff of dreams. She won Undiscovered Voices, was picked up by an agent and a three-book deal swiftly followed. Her first book, The Accidental Pirates published last July, was Waterstones' Book of the Month and has been shortlisted for the FCBG Children’s Book Award alongside Michael Morpurgo and Mark Lowery. Fran Price caught up with Claire at her allotment in Cardiff.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Network News: London Thank you Karen Taylor

The new year brought more change to the networks with organiser Karen Taylor stepping down from her shared role as London coordinator. Working alongside Tania Tay, Karen has delivered a variety of events and socials in the capital, one of the highlights being this year’s 2Oth birthday party, where members enjoyed charades and games, a poetry competition, and even got to showcase their work on a cupcake. Always friendly, enthusiastic and responsive, Karen has been an absolute pleasure to work with and she’ll be missed by all in the networks team. I’m sure there are many of you who would like to join me in thanking Karen and wishing her the very best of luck in the future. While we’re sad to say goodbye, she assures me that she won’t forget her SCBWI friends and we’ll still see her around at SCBWI events. Hooraah! You can read more about Karen and her role in the networks below.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Ask a Picture Book Editor

How to Write Picture Books That Make a Point (and Pack a Punch)

The news is full of stories about political upheaval and uncertainty. We find ourselves bombarded by tales of aggression between counties and we witness images of mass migration as people travel in search of a better life. It can be hard to find ways to broach and breakdown such tough subjects with children. It’s also increasingly important to help children understand the changing world around them.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Who do YOU think deserves £450,000 for services to children's literature?

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the world’s largest children’s literature award – and YOU have a chance to influence who wins it. Words & Pictures Co-editor Claire Watts explains how.