SCBWI-BI CONFERENCE 2018 Travel through Time with Tanya Landman

Time to hear about Tanya Landman, our amazing keynote speaker. George Kirk, our writers’ speaker coordinator, chatted to Tanya about her writing and, of course, her thoughts on Travelling through Time.

Tanya has written over 30 books, from funny early readers to gripping historical YA. She won the Carnegie medal in 2015 for Buffalo Soldier, a story that examines the very high price of freedom in post-civil war America. You can read her acceptance speech here.

She has a voice and she’s not afraid to use it. Tanya is happy to speak up for the things in which she passionately believes. Just like her books, Tanya lends her voice to those who struggle to be heard and sees the injustices of the past reoccurring in the present.

But you knew all that already, didn’t you?

So here are some time travel-related things you might not know about Tanya.

1. Tanya’s favourite time-travel related story is Stig of the Dump by Clive King.

2. Tanya’s favourite Doctor Who is Christopher Eccleston, though she has a soft spot for David Tennant too (who doesn’t?).

3. If she was going to build a time machine she wouldn’t use a DeLorean, oh no, it would be a time-travelling horse box, containing a very fine black stallion because she would need something good to ride when charging about in the past.

4. However, she’d be too much of a wuss to go back before the invention of general anaesthetics. Though if she could time travel in a spectral, hovering, invisible sort of way she’d visit America before the Mayflower landed or Tenochtitlan before Cortes invaded Mexico.

One of Tanya's favourite time travel books.

5. She’d love to meet many historical figures but would not want to let them see the future because they’d be depressed to see how frustratingly slow progress has been. (She can imagine Cathy Williams or Harriet Tubman saying '150 years of freedom and innocent young black men are STILL being gunned down in the streets??').

6. And the thing she thinks will be the best in the future? She hopes scientists really do find a way to bring back extinct species. (This leaves me with Jurassic Park-style nightmares and in need of a little lie down under the bed!).

Tanya hopes that, one day, extinct species will walk the earth again.
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If you’d like to find out more about the amazing time-travelling Tanya Landman you will just have to book your place at this year’s Travelling Through Time conference.

But you’d better hurry up... you’re running out of time.


You can find Tanya on Twitter where she regularly posts her beautiful paintings and all sorts of interesting retweets about the world around us today. Follow her here: @tanya_landman
More details about Tanya can also be found on the conference Faculty Page, here.

George Kirk is a conference old hand. She attended her first in 2011 and was immediately hooked. She soon joined the committee and has held many roles including Co-Chair. She is now speaker coordinator for authors. 
Email George at
Twitter: @georgekirk2


Fran Price is part of the editorial team at Words and Pictures, the online magazine for SCBWI-BI, and is Events Editor. Contact her at

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