Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Justin's Debut-Dance Ball: Corrinne Averiss

Illustration by Louisa Glancy @LouisaGlancy
Welcome to Justin’s Debut-Dance Ball, a virtual party to celebrate SCBWI-BI members’ debut publications. This month Justin welcomes Picture Book author, Corrinne Averiss to his ball, and invites her to take a turn on the dance floor, whilst he asks the questions only a newly-published writer can answer!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 28th February

Logo by Melany Pietersen
Nick Cross writes:
What goes on within the mind of a writer? If we could travel inside, Fantastic Voyage style, would we see thousands of neurons firing in orderly sequence or just a load of Numskulls running around, randomly throwing letters into wheelie bins? Our first blogger offers us the next best thing - a journey into her notepad...

Monday, 27 February 2017

Debut Diaries–One Year On: Kathryn Evans



Afternoon Tea with Tizzie

Welcome to Debut Diaries–One Year On, where SCBWI-UK members share their highs (hopefully lots of these) and lows (hopefully less of these) of the post-publication year. 

This month, Tizzie welcomes Kathryn Evans, author of the Carnegie-nominated More Of Me, to join her for Afternoon Tea.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Carnegie Snubs BAME Authors

Last week, the Carnegie Medal longlist was announced and not a single black, Asian or minority ethnic author made the cut. Words & Pictures Co-editor, Ellie Brough, discusses the response to this snub.  

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: