NETWORK NEWS 2019 Events in August

Network News Editor, Janey Robinson, shares SCBWI events coming up in August across the British Isles

Whatever you are up to this holiday season, SCBWI is still here for you with some great events. Check out what’s on this month and find out a little of what’s to come from the networks this autumn.

SCBWI Events in August

3 AUGUST London Summer Picnic 13:00-16:00 at Brunswick Square Gardens. Register for free, bring food, books and families.

10 AUGUST Central West PB & MG/YA Meet-up 10:00-15:00 at Waterstones Birmingham Cafe.

11 AUGUST Wales Coffee and catch up 11:00-13:00 At Waterstones Cafe, The Old Carlton Cinema, 17 Oxford St, Swansea.

14 AUGUST Scotland Family Scrawl and Scribble Crawl 10:45 in and around Charlotte Square.

16 AUGUST Scotland Picturing Pathways to the Future 12:15 Picture Book author/illustrators Morag Hood and Jill Calder in conversation with Elizabeth Frattaroli and Justin Davies, at the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre in Charlotte Square.

23 AUGUST Scotland How to Be a Writer For Life 17:30 Elizabeth and Justin chair David Almond and Lauren James for this panel discussion in the Spark Theatre on George Street.

24 AUGUST Central East Summer Scrawl Crawl 11:00 Newnham College, Cambridge.

SCBWI Events Now Booking

7 SEPTEMBER Central East Authors and Illustrators Celebration 14:00-17:00 Cambridge Central Library

14 SEPTEMBER Central East World Building with James Nicol 10.30-15.30 Ely Library, Cambridgeshire

28 SEPTEMBER Scotland Picture Books: From Concept to Creation 14:00-17:00 at Edinburgh Central Library

28 SEPTEMBER North West The Journey of a Book: Industry and author Panel event PLUS optional 1:1s 11:00 - 16:30 at Manchester Business School, Booth Street East

16 NOVEMBER North East Workshop: Writing for Others with Patrice Lawrence 11:00 - 16:00 at Central Library, York

Future Events to Watch Out For

7 SEPTEMBER North West Meet and Critique 10:30 at Waterstones Deansgate.

2 OCTOBER London Self Publishing Social: An evening to learn about self-publishing, and chat to those who've made a success of it.

12 OCTOBER North West Informal Writing Retreat at Gladstone’s Library.

In the near future, the Wales Network hope to hold a picture book workshop and illustration session. Keep an eye on the SCBWI website or find them on Facebook: SCBWI Wales Network. You can also email Zoë Thomas at

Network Notices

SCBWI South West is on the hunt for a new network organiser. There are two vacant posts in need of enthusiastic volunteers willing to step up and carry on the good work Rita Lazaro has been doing. If you are interested in volunteering for the South West Network (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire) please e-mail Marie Basting at

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The header image is by Niki Leonidou. Niki graduated from the Kent Institute of Art & Design in 2000 and has been working as a freelance children's book illustrator since then. More than 180 books with her work have been published worldwide. Her picture book Looking for Misty was nominated for the International Award for best picture book concept in Hasselt, Belgium, in 2014. She loves teaching art to children and has occasionally worked as an art teacher.

Janey Robinson is the Network News Editor for Words & Pictures. A SCBWI member since 2015, Janey mainly writes picture books with YA fantasy a more recent passion. She lives in North London but escapes to wide open spaces whenever possible, particularly places where you can see the Milky Way on a clear night. Twitter: @sjlrobinson

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