Thursday, 25 December 2014

December 25th - Layn Marlow

#W8PAdvent

You can now see the whole calendar here

A Very Happy Christmas 

from



 and the

Words & Pictures Team

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


Words & Pictures Advent Calendar

All the Advent posts with a wonderful collection of seasonal micro fiction are  here


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


Friday 2nd January 2015

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





Jan Carr is the outgoing editor of Words & Pictures and...

Nancy Saunders is the incoming editor!  You can find her short stories here, and on Twitter she is @nancyesaunders.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

December 24th - Sarah Underwood

#W8PAdvent


See the whole image and the growing Advent calendar here.

sarahunderwoodillustration.co.uk



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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 23rd December

Is there anybody out there? I wouldn't blame you all for being frantically busy in the run-up to Christmas, but I hope you'll find a few minutes to join me for the last Blog Break of 2014.

December 23rd - Olivia Palmer

#W8PAdvent


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oliviaartbox.wordpress.com



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Monday, 22 December 2014

December 22nd - Catherine Cooper

#W8PAdvent


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pengridion.co.uk



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Sunday, 21 December 2014

December 21st - Vikki Gibson

#W8PAdvent

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Vikki Gibson



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Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Writer of Never Letting Go


Usborne duck and Welcome Letter
My children grew up with this duck!
We are over the moon to be celebrating with megastar SCBWI volunteer Kathy Evans today!
You may have seen the news about her wonderful book deal with Usborne on Facebook - but do you know just how long Kathy had to wait for it? Over to Kathy...

December 20th - Katy Dynes

#W8PAdvent

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Katy Dynes



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Friday, 19 December 2014

December 19th - Gary Fabbri

#W8PAdvent

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garyfabbri.com



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Thursday, 18 December 2014

December 18th - Olivia Palmer

#W8PAdvent

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oliviaartbox.wordpress.com



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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December 17th - Nicola L. Robinson

#W8PAdvent

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nlrobinson.co.uk



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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 16th December

It's been one of those days - I broke my tooth during breakfast, and everything that followed had to be fitted around dentistry! But fear not, because I managed to squeeze the Blog Break in, and good job too, because there are some great posts this week!

December 16th - Simon Beck

#W8PAdvent

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twinkleshark.co.uk



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Monday, 15 December 2014

Ask a Publisher: Ben Horlsen, Editorial Director at Puffin



Recorded June 20th 2014 in London
at Penguin Random House

December 15th - Paul Morton

#W8PAdvent


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hotfroggraphics.com



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Sunday, 14 December 2014

December 14th - Simon Beck

#W8PAdvent


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twinkleshark.co.uk



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Saturday, 13 December 2014

December 13th - Fiona Gomez

#W8PAdvent


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Fiona Gomez



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Friday, 12 December 2014

December 12th - Nicola L. Robinson

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nlrobinson.co.uk



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Thursday, 11 December 2014

December 11th - Paul Morton

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hotfroggraphics.com



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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

December 10th - Rikin Parekh

#W8PAdvent


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Rikin Parekh


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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 9th December

After resisting Christmas for exactly one week, reality has descended on the Blog Break in a shower of tinsel. So enjoy some festively-themed posts dotted amongst the usual weekly round-up of our SCBWI bloggers.

December 9th - Anna Violet

#W8PAdvent


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annaviolet.co.uk


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Monday, 8 December 2014

Ask a Picture Book Editor



The Magic of Christmas What Makes a Lasting Christmas Picture Book?


'Tis the season to be jolly – and to buy books as presents for little ones! 

December 8th - Jo Byatt

#W8PAdvent


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jobyattchildrensillustrator.co.uk 


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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Results - Slush Pile Challenge October 2014

December 7th - Katherine Lynas

#W8PAdvent

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katherinelynas.com



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Saturday, 6 December 2014

December 6th - Sue Rundle-Hughes

#W8PAdvent


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suerundlehughes.com

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Friday, 5 December 2014

December 5th - Katie Weymouth

#W8PAdvent


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weymo.co.uk

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Featured Illustrator: James Brown

James Brown is this month’s Featured Illustrator. One of the winning artists in last year’s Undiscovered Voices, James studied English Literature at Sheffield and Stockholm Universities before taking an MLitt (Master of Letters) in Creative Writing at St Andrews. Illustration has always featured in James’ work, he came third in the 2014 Illustrate It competition and is now represented by United Agents. Find more of James’ artwork in the Featured Illustrator Gallery.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

London Professional Series: An Evening with Book Packagers

David Richardson

It was a 'two for the price of one' evening for the last Professional Series meeting of the year on November 25th when we were pleased to welcome Michael Ford, editor (and writer) from Working Partners and author Benjamin Scott to speak on all things Book Packagers.

December 4th - Anna Violet

#W8PAdvent

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annaviolet.co.uk

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

December 3rd - Mike Brownlow

#W8PAdvent

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mikebrownlow.com

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 2nd December

Christmas rumbles towards us, like a brightly-coloured tank playing Jingle Bells while simultaneously mowing down everything in its path. But the Blog Break stands firm from festive concerns (at least for this week, anyway!)

December 2nd - Bridget Strevens Marzo

#W8PAdvent

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bridgetstrevens.com

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Monday, 1 December 2014

December 1st - John Shelley

#W8PAdvent

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jshelley.com

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

It's Advent, are you ready.... for seasonal micro fiction?



After a month of novelling dangerously - hands up 1667 words a day #NaNoWriMo novelists - are you ready for a daily story-soaked 140 characters?
Yes, Paul and the marvellous illustrators have done it again and we have a completely new set of seasonal images for this year's advent calendar!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

How to Draw Robots

Robots have been filling out Christmas stockings since Santa made his first ride, so as the festive season draws near lets connect the circuits and open the lid on the mechanics of drawing our metal friends. And who better to lay down the nuts and bolts than robot supremo Mike Brownlow. Don't touch that dial!


Skylark Literary Launches with New Competition for Children's Writers




W&P is very pleased to promote this free competition:

To celebrate its launch, Skylark Literary is delighted to announce an exciting free competition for new children’s authors, full of fun and sparkle to brighten these dark winter days.

The company prides itself on seeking and supporting the best new voices in children’s fiction and with this in mind has enlisted the support of top editors and publishers as guest judges.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

An Interview with Anthony McGowan

Continuing our interviews for conference month, Celia Anderson interviewed Anthony McGowan, multi-award winning author of novels and children's stories.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 25th November

I like the book and I like the film adaptation, but which is best?

Harry Hill would have them FIGHT, but here at Words & Pictures we like to take a more measured approach.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Failure is the only option

I was deep in conversation with an artist the other evening, and we were talking about the traps that lie in wait along the footpath of creativity.


Friday, 21 November 2014

ProCATsination, by Jion Sheibani

Click to enlarge



Jion's Illustrator Showcase Gallery is here, She can be reached at jionsheibani@gmail.com
Click here for her personal website.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Network News: North West Thank You Stephanie Williams – A SCBWI Star


We are feeling a little sad out in the networks this week. Our North West Network Organiser, Steph Williams has unfortunately had to step down from the role due to ill health.

Steph is a long serving SCBWI volunteer. She has been working hard to build the North West network for a number of years now, setting up critique groups in Manchester and Chester, as well as launching the popular North West Professional Series. Before that, Steph was the Editor for Words and Pictures.

If you keep up with the discussion on our SCBWI British Isles Facebook Page, you’ll know there’s been much love out there for Steph this week.  Members have been paying homage to Steph’s hard work and commitment and thanking her for the support she has offered in terms of their own writing journeys.

Writing for Reluctant Readers #scbwicon

Janet Foxley



Following the excellent interviews with Mairi Kidd of Barrington Stoke and Barrington Stoke Author, Anthony McGowan, Janet Foxley gives us an overview of SCBWI British Isles Conference 2014’s Craft Intensive on Writing for Reluctant Readers.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Breaking into Educational Publishing

Have you ever thought about diversifying into educational publishing and non-fiction, but don't know where to start? Anita Loughrey reports on tips and suggestions from a panel of top authors and publishers at the recent SCBWI conference. 

On the panel sharing their thoughts about writing fiction and non-fiction for the educational market were Juliet Clare Bell (SCBWI member and author), Rebecca Colby (SCBWI member and author), Steve Rickard (Ransom Publishing), Sophie Thomson (Pearson Bug Club) and Kersti Worsley (OUP). 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 18th November

Diversity is a word that gets bandied around a lot, and I hope we can agree that diversity in children's books is generally a good thing. But moving from that concept to actually bringing more diverse books to the market seems to be a tougher job.

Monday, 17 November 2014

"I'm all about story"

An interview with Melvin Burgess
by K. M. Lockwood
Melvin Burgess (Photo by John Coombes)