Network News: south east

Hello from the South East!

There’s loads going on in our area so we thought it would be great to share it with you.

Whether you are already a member of one of our groups or you’re new to SCBWI or you’ve been a member for a while but haven’t had the chance to meet other members yet, we’d love to hear from you.

We hope to meet you soon!

Jane and Anita

May 2016

Jane Haryott and Anita Loughrey
Joint South East Network Organisers


P.S. If you have any questions or suggestions, email us at
or come and say hello on Facebook at our SCBWI South East page.

More of Me by Kathryn Evans

On 1st February, Kathryn Evans’ debut novel, More Of Me, was launched at Daunt Books. There were tears, laughter and lots of cake in the packed bookshop in Marylebone.

In More of Me, Teva’s life looks normal to the outside world. But at home, she lives with eleven other versions of herself. Once a year, Teva separates into two so there is the constant fear that a new version will come along and take over her life. But as Teva’s seventeenth birthday approaches, she is determined to fight for her future…

More of Me is published by Usborne.

Anita with Kathryn 
The book 

SCBWI support helps story to fly
There'll be early fireworks this 4th August when SCBWI member and Woking critique group organizer Alison Smith's debut middle grade historical novel, Black Powder, is published by Chicken House Books under her pen name, Ally Sherrick.

Alison was the lucky winner of the 'Pitch your novel in ten words or less' competition at the 2014 SCBWI-BI conference. The prize was an appraisal of 2000 words of her work-in-progress by Chicken House publisher, Barry Cunningham, 'the man who discovered J.K. Rowling', and things went on, quite unexpectedly, from there. 'I owe SCBWI so much,' says Alison. 'It's thanks to them - and to my family and fellow writing chums - that I've finally realised my heart's desire.' Get ready to stand back and light the blue touch-paper 
Ally Sherrick
Black Powder 

Twitter: @ally_sherrick

20th Birthday Celebrations for  
SCBWI British Isles is twenty years old this year! To celebrate, volunteers are arranging tea parties across the country between 20th June and 20th August. If you want to join a tea party local to you or want to set up your own, please get in contact!
Find a SCBWI group local to you!

We are lucky to have so many thriving critique/social/goal setting groups in the South East. Huge thanks go out from both of us to all the group organisers for making this possible. Full details are available on the SCBWI South East network page but groups run regularly in:

  • Brighton
  • Canterbury
  • Chichester
  • Oxford
  • Newbury
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Winchester
  • Woking
  • Wokingham
South East Chat & Info
Email Jane or Anita
South East network page
SCBWI BI main website
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