What Are They Drinking in the North East?

Something is afoot up North - this week we have inspirational stories from Kate Pankhurst and Rebecca Colby and Sam Zuppardi and guess where they're all from?

Sam Zuppardi
North East member Sam Zuppardi will be illustrating a new picture book by David Elliot Nobody's Perfect due for publication in 2015 by Candlewick in the US. Sam is particularly pleased Candlewick requested him as he’s also working with them as author/illustrator of his own book The Nowhere Box due for publication this November! 
 Sam is also illustrating the middle grade series The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe by Gordon McAlpine published by Viking/Penguin 

I think Sam's pencils are going to be busy for quite  while!

Kate Pankhurst, another regular at SCBWI North East meetings, has worked as a children’s
Kate Pankhurst
book illustrator for over ten years. Since she graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2002 she’s illustrated many books for other authors about bogeys, pirates and puppies – including the inside illustrations for our very own Steve Hartley’s Danny Baker Record Breaker series.

I am thrilled to announce that Kate has a new project of her own - a brand new series for 7+ published by Orion Children’s Books about a determined girl detective – Mariella Mystery Investigates. 
The Ghostly Guinea Pig and A Cupcake Conundrum were published this April and The Huge Hair Scare is due to be released in October . Much of Kate’s work happens from her home studio in Leeds, with her Dalmatian (Olive). Kate also works with schools, libraries and children, running creative sessions to inspire ideas for stories and characters and for some strange reason she has an ever increasing collection of fake moustaches…

Rebecca Colby
And there’s another North East member to toast this week, Rebecca Colby has sold another picture book, this time to Floris Books Kelpies imprint. There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed A Midgie , is a rollicking Scottish version of the classic tale There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly.

 Knowing Rebecca’s flair for rhythm and rhyme – she’s a founder member of The FunEverse, I just know this is going to be a wonderful read aloud book. Well done Rebecca!

 There must be something in that North East water…. 

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Kathy Evans is Celebrations Editor for Words & Pictures. She is South East Network Coordinator with Mariam Vossough and is represented by Sophie Hicks at Ed Victor.


  1. Congratulations Sam, Kate and Rebecca - all your books sound like lots of fun!


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