Friday, 31 October 2014

Visual Storytelling in Picture Books

© Chloe Yelland
Understanding the importance of narrative in picture books is a key part of development for writers and illustrators. Today, student Chloe Yelland offers her personal perspective on the way pictures and text work together to create stories. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Marie Basting, Our New Networks Coordinator!

Marie Basting

SCBWI British Isles has a new Networks Coordinator!
The British Isles chapter is currently divided into ten area networks and SCBWI writer, Marie Basting has stepped up to coordinate SCBWIs from the south west of England to the south east of Scotland!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Agent Confidential: Erzsi Deak

Erzsi and her book Pumpkin Time!
Name: Erzsi Deak

AKA: Chick Hen

Agency: Hen&ink Literary Studio

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 28th October

Attribution is an interesting subject in publishing. The writer is often credited as the sole creative force, but what about all the editors and designers behind the scenes? And what if the book is illustrated as well?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Of what stories are you made?

If you're lucky you'll have a deep seam of stories running through your core. Rich and resonating. Characters that carried you off, worlds that swallowed you up, and pictures forever imprinted in your memory stores.

I only have to think of the Bad Baby, and I'm there riding on the back of the elephant, going rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta all down the road.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

ProCATsination, by Jion Sheibani

Click to enlarge

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

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Keep it short! Pippa Goodhart’s Picture Book Author Masterclass

Kate Peridot

I jumped at the chance to meet Pippa Goodhart and listen to her words of wisdom at the recent SCBWI Author Masterclass on Writing Picture Books in London. My children love her book You Choose; it’s so well thumbed it’s fallen apart! You Choose is a concept book with just 220 words. The words are mostly page titles or captions around Nick Sharratt’s catalogue-style illustrations. In the Q&A session I asked Pippa how she pitched You Choose to publishers. “It wasn’t easy,” she replied. “The concept was rejected by nine publishers. If you believe in your idea you have to be persistent.” The book went on to become a bestseller.

Pitches and Pictures - Two Conference Competitions!

George Kirk & Loretta Schauer

Who wants to win feedback from a top industry professional?
You all do of course!
That is why the conference team are super excited to bring you not one, but two topppity top professionals to judge this year’s conference competitions (and you may not even have to attend to enter).

Read on to get your creative juices flowing over that competitive edge!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 21st October

Is there life after Amazon? Is your library the place to find love? Is Iggy Pop a fairy story? Is there any end to these rhetorical questions?

You'll have to read this week's Blog Break to find out...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Drawn to art

Gua Tewet, the tree of life, Borneo, Indonesia.
- an inspiration piece by  K. M. Lockwood

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The mingling has begun...

Had a lovely time with Nancy on Friday to start the handover process in earnest. We're doing this gradually - think of it like a gradient in a text box fill - one colour at one end of the box and another at the other and in the middle a delicious mingling of the two. That's where we are!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Huge Congratulations to Sally!

Charge your glasses and celebrate with SCBWI volunteer, Space on the Book Shelf Blogger and, among other competition successes, UV2012 Honorary Mention, Sally Poyton!

Sally has signed with Literary Agent Shelley Instone. Especially wonderful as Sally struggles with dyslexia. She wrote this beautifully candid post for W&P last year. We're delighted how Sally's persistence has paid off!

Over to Sally for how it happened...

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Anatomy of a Monster

©Nicola L Robinson
The nights are drawing in, the shadows are getting darker....  As Halloween approaches, who better to divulge the method for making monsters than SCBWI's spookiest illustrator Nicola L Robinson. Sharpen your pencils, connect the power, bring the creature to life!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Meet Our Conference Volunteers!

The annual SCBWI British Isles conference is fast approaching, with yet again many amazing keynote speakers, workshops, and opportunities to get your work noticed. But while most of us are worrying about what outfit to wear for the Saturday night party, and polishing our portfolios until they shine, behind the scenes, a group of extremely hard-working and dedicated volunteers are beavering away so that we can all enjoy the huge benefits that attending a conference has to offer.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 14th October

Occasionally, SCBWI bloggers fall through my net, either because they blog at the same time as lots of other people, or don't fit the theme of a particular week. But don't worry, because if you keep blogging, I'll get to you eventually!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Ask a Picture Book Editor

Our blog this month is all about . . .

(Well, the first five are here for you this month. Tune in next month for steps 6-10!)

Hooray! You’ve hooked your editor. You have found a loyal and friendly ally who will champion you and your text (or picture book dummy)! But, what will happen next?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Introducing Our New Ed!

As promised and without, as they say, much ado here is the next editor of Words & Pictures....

Friday, 10 October 2014

Featured Illustrator - Julia Walther

Julia Walther is this month's Featured Illustrator. One of the winning artists in last year's Undiscovered Voices, Julia has devoted much of her life to literature, both through studying literature and translation in her native Germany and Ireland, and through working as a translator within German publishing. But her heart was set on writing and illustration, where she's now also beginning to make her mark. Find more of Julia's artwork in the Featured Illustrator Gallery

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Agent Confidential: Jo Unwin

Name: Jo Unwin

AKA: I could tell you but I would have to kill you 

Agency: Jo Unwin Literary Agency 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 7th October

I'm not keen on doing research because I just want to get to the writing, even if that subsequently involves staring at a blank screen for hours! But the Blog Break forces me to do my research, because otherwise, what would I write about?

Sunday, 5 October 2014


The business of being a writer is riddled with doubt - I still struggle to call myself one. I haven't 'always written', at school I found it hard, I didn't think I had an imagination. So when we decided to share some juvenilia at our latest SCBWI Southampton Goal Setting Supper, I said I didn't really have any.

SlushPile Challenge - October 2014

We are pleased to announce the 
October 2014 Slush Pile Challenge.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Illustrator Special: Why Booking an Illustrator Review is a VERY GOOD Idea!

For any illustrators thinking of booking a 121 Illustrator Review at the upcoming SCBWI Riding The Waves of Change Conference here's SCBWI Illustrator Alex Wilson talking to Sally Poyton about his experience with Ed Burns from Advocate Illustration Agency at the 2013 conference.

Hooray for Honorary Dave!


This week we're delighted to celebrate with Dave Gray for his Honorary Mention in this year's Margaret Carey Conference Scholarship. Dave's a busy illustrator so when my request for a few words about their success went out to the winners and Honorary Mentions, Dave was too snowed under to respond but deadlines pass, so it's wonderful to be able to catch up with him this week and say many congratulations, Dave!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Interview with Nick Butterworth

SCBWI is proud to welcome Nick Butterworth as this year's illustrator keynote at our annual Winchester conference. With over 12 million children's books sold, Nick is a familiar name to anyone versed in British picture books. His style is synonymous with exquisitely crafted characters. But his repertoire of achievements ranges far wider still, as Mike Brownlow discovered in a fascinating and exclusive interview for Words & Pictures.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Keep Your Finger on the PULSE

This year’s SCBWI conference sees the introduction of an exciting new PULSE Track, which focuses on the needs of our growing numbers of published authors and illustrators.