NETWORK NEWS 2019 Events in October

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

As we head in to the season of shorter days and spooky nights get your coats and creative hats ready for a host of inspirational SCBWI events this October. Join a masterclass, workshop, social or critique group, here's what's on next month.

SCBWI Events in October

3 OCTOBER Central East Essex (North) Critique Group 14:00-16:00 at Cafe Cou Cou, 17 George Street, Saffron Walden. If you would like to join a critique group in the CE region please contact Debbie at

5 OCTOBER London Picture Book Day 09:30-16:00 at CLPE, Webber Street, SE1 8QW.

5 OCTOBER Central North Critique Meeting 10:30-13:30 at the Minerva Building, University of Lincoln. New members always welcome, please contact Addy or Liz on for more details.

6 OCTOBER Wales Illustration Workshop with Eric Heyman 15:00-17:00 at the Urdd Centre, Cardiff Bay.

12-13 OCTOBER North West Informal Writing Retreat at Gladstone’s Library. Please contact the library directly to reserve your room.

12 OCTOBER South East Canterbury Coffee & Chat 10:30-12:00 at Garage Coffee, Jewry Lane. Please email to confirm attendance.

12 OCTOBER London Illustrator Masterclass: Art Director's Brief with Egmont 13:00-17:00 at House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square N1C 4BH.

12 OCTOBER Wales Picture Book Workshop with Helen Docherty 14:00-16:00 at the Urdd Centre, Cardiff Bay.

13 OCTOBER Wales Cardiff: Coffee & Catch Up 14:40-16:30 at Waterstones Cafe (upstairs), 2A The Hayes.

15 OCTOBER Wales Cardiff Critique Group (MG/YA) 20:00 Email Zoë Thomas: for more information.

16 OCTOBER Central East Book Club 19:00 at Baroosh Bar, Cambridge.

17 OCTOBER South East Southampton Social Group 19:30-21:30 at Cowherd's Pub, Southampton Common. Please email to confirm attendance.

19 OCTOBER Scotland Pulse Event: (No such thing as a silly) Question Surgery 10:00-12:00 at Waterstones, Princes Street.

19 OCTOBER North West Manchester Meet and Critique 10:30 at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Please email for more details.

19 OCTOBER London Author Masterclass: Picture Book Focus - The Big Picture with Catherine Barr 12:00-16:00 at The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, 26-30 John Adam Street WC2N 6H SOLD OUT.

19 OCTOBER Wales North Wales Coffee & Catch Up 14:00-16:00 at Food for Thought Cafe, Gladstone's Library, Hawarden.

26 OCTOBER Central West Meet & Critique (PB, MG + YA) 10:00-15:00 at Waterstones Birmingham Cafe.

27 OCTOBER South East Brighton Social Group 11:00 at Brighton Waterstones. Open to new members, please email to confirm attendance.

29 OCTOBER South East Woking Critique Group 19:00-21:00 at Double Tree Hotel, Woken. Open to new members, please email to confirm attendance.

SCBWI Events Now Booking

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

16 NOVEMBER Scotland Scribble & Scrawl Crawl 11:00-13:00 at  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow SOLD OUT.

Future Events to Watch Out For

2 NOVEMBER and 7 DECEMBER North West Critique Group Meet Ups with added festivities!

2 DECEMBER London Christmas Party at The Silver Cross, Whitehall. Details to follow soon.

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

AUTUMN Central North Brunch in Nottingham, date TBC. Please email Liz at if you'd like to be updated about this.

AUTUMN Central East Scrawl Crawl in Cambridge. October or November, TBC.

AUTUMN Wales Abergavenny, Carmarthen & Swansea: Coffee & catch ups. Venues and dates TBC. Keep an eye on the SCBWI Wales Network page for information.

AUTUMN Central East County Meet-ups in Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich.

AUTUMN Central West From First Draft and A Clear Voice events in planning, dates and times TBC.

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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