BLOG BREAK Meet Your Local Bloggers

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

SCBWI Central East recently held a Meet Your Local Authors event at Cambridge Central Library. Here are two different views of the day, from organiser Camilla Chester and attendee Catherine Rosevear.

My plea last time for more illustrator blogs doesn't seem to have borne fruit (as yet). However, prolific blogger Elizabeth Dulemba often shares great information about her illustration technique. I enjoyed this peek into her studio as she works on the colouring for Jane Yolen's latest picture book.

A couple of different takes on the subject of encouraging kids to read, both from An Awfully Big Blog Adventure. Rowena House considers whether the decline in teenage readers is down to the gap between middle grade and young adult, or the loss of the creative writing A-Level. Meanwhile, Kelly McCaughrain has a cunning plan to make books cool again.

Teri Terry's Slated trilogy was written 10 years ago, yet its dystopian vision of a post-Brexit Britain has begun to seem uncomfortably credible. In her blog post for Notes from the Slushpile, Teri discusses how her new prequel volume Fated brings the story bang up to date.

To finish on a lighter note, here is Claire Fayers talking about famous fictional felines. Miaow!


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post is Check Your Privilege Before Changing Lanes - A White Author Reflects on Diversity

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