On Monday, June 20, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in the British Isles celebrated its 20th anniversary in London. To mark this occasion members congregated at events in the capital throughout the day; starting with a brunch at Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross, followed by a sketchcrawl led by illustrator Anne-Marie Perks exploring nearby Granary Square and then an evening party with games and book cover cakes at The Lukin near Warren Street.
Those who could attend had the opportunity to share their stories of being a member of SCBWI. It was a way for us to immortalise the notable event and represent a taster of the talent amongst members. This resulted in a collection of 20 SCBWI Stories capturing memories, experiences and the sentiment our creative community shares in being a part of this inspiring society.
Anyone attending could take part. Contributors in order of appearance include:
Other notable moments included a heartfelt welcome at the evening party from Regional Advisor and SCBWI BI Chair Natascha Biebow, raucous games run by authors Candy Gourlay and Mo O’Hara, the talents of illustrator author Bridget Strevens-Marzo in The Big Draw pictionary game and the poetry competition compered by author Karen Taylor and won by author Anita Loughrey. You can read Anita’s winning poem in the 20 SCBWI Stories collection.
Special thanks go to Tania Tay and Karen Taylor, SCBWI London Network leads, for organising the events and ensuring everyone had enough drinks and cakes. Tania’s book cover cakes were not only delicious but a brilliant representation of the published SCBWI BI authors we can celebrate. Here’s to the next twenty years and all the SCBWI BI book deals still to come! In the meantime look out for upcoming SCBWI events you can attend, including upcoming 20th anniversary celebrations around the British Isles, on the What’s On page: https://britishisles.scbwi.org/events/
Janey Robinson spent fifteen years writing poetry and short stories before becoming an aunt - four times and reawakening her love for the books of her childhood. She joined SCBWI in 2015 and volunteers to help organise their London events and is currently working on her picture book texts. Janey lives with her husband Tom in Notting Hill and is expecting their first child.