There's excitement in the air as a new year of adventures begin. Hopes, dreams and aspirations are like little seeds taking root ready for a year of growth, reaching for the sky! BB Taylor brings you a taste of the action-packed year ahead for SCBWI celebration news.

2019 is already teasing us with anticipation as our authors and illustrators show us just how immensely talented they are. If you thought 2018 was an exciting year for our SCBWI members, 2019 is going to blow your socks off!

New Releases 


The highly anticipated The Twisted Tree written by Rachel Burge is finally released in paperback! Released in e-book late last year it is already stirring up a storm in the book world. Published by Hot Key books this is a highly recommended book for this year! 

Grandma Dangerous and the Egg of Glory is racing toward our shelves this January thanks to Kita Mitchell. This fun and quirky chapter book will be published by Orchard Books on the 10th January 2019.

Cath Jones is celebrating the publication of her fourth Maverick early reader, The Magic Helmet: a Viking Adventure. It's a time travel adventure that takes the reader back to Viking times. Cath particularly enjoyed the chance to do lots of historical research for this story. The illustrator, Dean Cray, has done a brilliant job and created some very scary looking Vikings!

Coming Soon


Clare Helen Walsh is coasting into 2019 with lots of new projects including The Tide which she and we are extremely proud of! It is written memory of a family member, Grandma Spry, who lived with dementia. It is beautifully illustrated by Ashling Lindsey and publishing with Little Tiger Press in April 2019.

‘Grandad doesn't remember things like he used to. But I love him as much as I always have. And I know that he loves me.’

A story about families, laughter, and how we can help a loved one with dementia live well.



Liz Flanagan definitely has cause to carry on partying as she has been shortlisted for the Leeds book award 9-11 category for her epic fantasy the Dragon Daughter published by David Fickling Books.

(Leeds book award shortlist for 9-11 category) 

Sophie Anderson is also joining the party too as her book the House with Chicken Legs has also been shortlisted, too! Published by Usborne Books.

Liz MacWhirter is celebrating in style as her book Black Snow Falling published by Scotland Street Press has received a 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal Nomination.



Great news as we start the year for John Condon, who has managed to sign awesome agent Felicity Trew! We can't wait to see what is next as the pair embark on their great adventure together for 2019! 

Edinburgh based SCBWI member Rachel Davison is a writer of YA fiction, who has recently signed with an agent. She is now represented by the lovely Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton. Exciting times ahead!
Image credit: Alex Edwards


New Members

Are you a new member? Give us a wave and let us introduce you to everyone, we love welcoming new members into the fold and sharing your journey with you.


Good News 

Fiona Barker is celebrating the news that picture book Danny and the Dream Dog was named as publisher Tiny Tree's best-selling book of 2018! It makes all the library, book shop and school visits worthwhile! It's also brilliant news for illustrator and SCBWI member Howard Gray as it means his debut is a best-seller!

Niki Leonidou had some good news, too. Her picture book about bees, wings and love, is set in a small village among lavender fields. It was published in October 2018 in Greece. The title is "Me and you together" and deals with love that conquers all!


New book? New agent? Award nominee or winner? Are you a new member? Say hi and let us know. We want to celebrate how awesome you all are! Why not send an email to celebrations@britishscbwi.org with your good news, a picture and links so we can celebrate too :)

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