Wednesday, 25 December 2013

25th December - Bridget Strevens Marzo

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to all our readers & contributors from

 and the

Words & Pictures Team

Thank you to all the wonderful illustrators and writers who have contributed to our


Words & Pictures Advent Calendar

You can see the whole calendar here
and all the Advent posts with a wonderful collection of seasonal micro fiction here


We're taking a short break over the holidays
and will be back on


Friday 3rd January 2014

with a brand new banner and featured illustrator!
Have you New Year Resolutions ready!



Jan Carr is the editor of Words & Pictures. Her fiction is older middle grade, she blogs occasionally and loves to write in magenta. You can contact her at editor@britishscbwi.org.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

24th December - Layn Marlow

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Monday, 23 December 2013

23rd December - Catriona Tippin

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Nearly there...

We started this month with a ticking clock and as in all gripping stories the more intense the pressure the closer we get to midnight - yes, I'm still busy in Santa's workshop trying to make friends and family presents for a less high street Christmas.

22nd December - Clare Tovey

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

December 21st - Sally Rowe

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Christmas has come early for Tatum Flynn!


Well, Christmas has certainly come early for Tatum Flynn!  Take a break from the mania of late night shopping and wrapping paper to raise a glass of mulled wine in honour of Tatum and her two book offer with Orchard Books!

Friday, 20 December 2013

20th December - Kate Shannon

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

19th December - Anna Violet

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Network News: A Story for Christmas

Gill James 
Once upon a time there was a lonely writer. She slaved away, on her laptop, on the corner of the kitchen table, fitting in as much writing as she could between working part-time at the accountant’s down the road and looking after her three primary-school-age children.
 It was very lonely and no one took her seriously as a writer. One day as she was surfing the net, trying to find some support for writers like herself, she stumbled across Words and Pictures.
This is really interesting, she thought. She signed up so that it would drop into her mailbox every day.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Mummers, Old Horses and the Treasure Trove of Folklore

Ken Lymer



As winter descends upon us, it is that time of year with deep connections to folkloric traditions. 

18th December - Emma Graham

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 17th December

It's the last Blog Break before Christmas! Work seems to be winding down and I'm pleased to report that all of the important presents have been bought. So that leaves me plenty of time to peruse your posts...

17th December - Anne-Marie Perks

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Monday, 16 December 2013

16th December - Holly Gattrell

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Story of SCBWI British Isles


This week I'm really pleased to publish Natascha Biebow's inspired opening address from the conference. Here it is as she delivered it, on the  morning of Saturday 23rd November 2013.

Over to Natascha...

15th December - Sue Eves

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Saturday, 14 December 2013

14th December - Amanda Lillywhite

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Congratulations UV longlist-ers!

So the moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived and it's time to crack open the champers and dig into a whopping slice of cake to celebrate the Undiscovered Voices longlisted writers and illustrators. Twenty seven writers and eight illustrators were selected from over 200 submissions from SCBWI members in Europe. What an achievement!

The twelve novel extracts and five illustrations that will appear in the anthology will be announced in early January.

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Alexis Deacon Conference Workshop

Jion Sheibani

Carrots?
They've earned their place...
It’s not every day you get to have a workshop with one of your illustration heroes. Let alone a one-to-one session where he solves your story problem (of 2 years) in 10 seconds flat.

There were a lot of amazing things about the SCBWI conference this year, but Alexis’ workshop has to be the highlight for me.

13th December - Nicola Robinson

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Malorie Blackman: Creating Plot and Character – Finding a New Approach

Alex English
It’s not every Saturday afternoon you find yourself fondling an arm bone and passing it to your neighbour.

But that’s exactly what a room full of keen SCBWI members found themselves doing at one of the Saturday break-out sessions. It was run by Malorie Blackman.

12th December - Paul Morton

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Sara O'Connor - Masterclass

Emma Greenwood
'There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.'

Recognise the hand?
Well you’re wrong!
It’s not ‘the man Jack’ sniffing out Bod in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, but Sara ‘Slasher’ O’Connor returning to the Theodore Bullfrog sniffing out superfluous words.

11th December - Sam Zuppardi

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 10th December

It's been a roller-coaster few days for people waiting for Undiscovered Voices results - well done to everyone who entered, whether you made the longlist or not. On the SCBWI blogosphere, it was good to see that there were plenty of other things to talk about!

10th December - John Shelley

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Monday, 9 December 2013

An Interview with Elen Caldecott



Eden Endfield first met Elen Caldecott earlier this year when she was tutoring on the MAWYP at Bath Spa and was intrigued to find out she’d written a dual language play to be performed this December at the Sherman Cymru Theatre in Wales. In this interview, she finds out how she’d made the transition from novelist to playwright.


9th December - Ella Goodwin

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Sunday, 8 December 2013

"keeping one's head pointed toward the sun..."



At the end the week that saw the passing of a great world leader and on the verge of one that will see the announcement of the Undiscovered Voices long list, Nelson Mandela's thoughts on optimism are particularly appropriate...

8th December - John Shelley

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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Publishing with Passion

@nicolamorgan

I've been eating cake AND drinking champagne today because the lovely  Nicola Morgan has come to visit!  As a long time reader of her blog it's a huge thrill to be able to help her celebrate the release of her new e book - Sleepwalking and The Passionflower Massacre.

7th December - Vikki Gibson

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Friday, 6 December 2013

6th December - Rikin Parekh

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Featured Illustrator: Amanda Hall


This month's Featured Artist is Amanda Hall, an award-winning illustrator in Cambridge, well known for her work for the children’s trade and educational publishing markets on both sides of the Atlantic. See the full range of her work in the Featured Illustrator Gallery.


Thursday, 5 December 2013

5th December - Mike Brownlow

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

4th December - Julia Woolf

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 3rd December

December has crashed into my life, and I suddenly feel the impending pressure of trying to find exactly the right Christmas presents for my wife and daughters. Luckily, quite a few bloggers have pitched in to suggest the perfect gift.

3rd December - Kim Geyer

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Monday, 2 December 2013

2nd December - Sue Rundle-Hughes

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Sunday, 1 December 2013

The ticking clock

…is such a good device and Christmas has one too - Advent!

Welcome to the December countdown, designed to build excitement rather than tension and dread. Visit W&P every day until the day itself to watch our Advent Gallery burgeon. Advent is the time of expectation that I enjoy as much as Christmas - especially 1st December when the 25th still seems far enough away to not worry that I haven't bought as much as a pair of festive socks for Mr Carr.

1st December - Heather Kilgour

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