NETWORK NEWS 2020 Events in February

Network News Editor, Anne Boyere, shares SCBWI events coming up in February across the British Isles.

This year is a leap year! So what will you do with your whole extra day this February? Attend a SCBWI event? Go to a SCBWI critique group? Attend a SCBWI social meet-up? The choice is all yours and, as usual, all our Networks have loads for you to choose from.

SCBWI events in February

1 FEBRUARY Scotland 'When to Press Send' with literary agent Jenny Savill 12:30 - 16:30, There are still places available for this fantastic event at Edinburgh Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge - Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

3 FEBRUARY North East Critique group meeting 18:00 - 21:00, Tao Leadership, 4F Sunco House 5, Carliol Square, Newcastle, NE1 6UF

4 FEBRUARY Central North Brunch 11:00 - 13:00, Cafe Sobar, 22 Friar Lane, Nottingham.

7 FEBRUARY London Brunch 11:00 - 13:00, Wellcome Collection Ground Floor Cafe,183 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BE

8 FEBRUARY North West Critique meeting 10:30 - 14:30, Monthly critique and social, member-led craft session. Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, 6th Floor, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BG. Contact to submit and receive work in advance. All welcome.

8 FEBRUARY South West Bath Picture Book critique group 10:00 in Bath. Contact for details.

13 FEBRUARY Scotland Evening all genre critique group 19:30 - 21:00, Broughton Street, Edinburgh, Contact for details.

15 FEBRUARY North East Critique and skills share meeting 11:00 - 15:00, Trafalgar Bay Pub, 7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB

15 FEBRUARY South West MG/YA Rogue Critters critique group 10:00, Bookbarn International. No spaces left. Contact for information.

16 FEBRUARY South West Exeter Critique group for CB/MG/YA writers 10:00 RAMM, Exeter.

17 FEBRUARY Scotland YA critique group 10:30 - 12:30, Waterstones Princes Street, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

18 FEBRUARY Scotland Edinburgh Picture Book critique group 10:30 - 13:00, Waterstones Princes Street, 128 Princes Street - Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

23 FEBRUARY South West Exeter Picture Book critique group Attendees send a story beforehand so get in touch with if you'd like to join!

24 FEBRUARY Scotland MG critique group 10:30 - 12:30, Waterstones Princes Street, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

29 FEBRUARY Central North Critique meeting 10:30 - 13:30, Minerva Building, University of Lincoln, Lincoln.

29 FEBRUARY Central West 'A Clear Voice' with Kate Mallinder 10:00 - 13:00 Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7LA

FEBRUARY Wales Coffee and catch up Abergavenny, Date TBC. Contact

Events Now Booking

7 MARCH London Author Masterclass: Industry Perspective with Rachel Hickman, Deputy Managing Director, Chicken House Books 12:00 - 16:00, Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street - London, WC2N 6HL - SOLD OUT (no waiting list but keep an eye out for cancellations!)

18 APRIL Central West 'Using the LOCK technique' with Christina Bannach Details TBC

25 APRIL Central East Query Letters with Gemma Cooper 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge Central Library,
7 Lion Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3QD

25 APRIL North East Creating Characters workshop with Martyn Bedford 14:00 - 16:00 York Central Library, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

6-7 JUNE Gladstone's informal retreat Contact or call Gladstone's library directly to book a room or come along for the day as a reader and you'll find many SCBWIs in the same place at the same time for writing, coffee, cake, and encouragement.

Future Events to Watch Out For

7 MARCH, 4 APRIL, 2 MAY North West Critique meetings

10-12 MARCH London Book Fair social TBC

WINTER Central East Book Club: I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson Date TBA

SPRING North East Lynne Chapman illustrator workshop Rescheduling

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Header Image: 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. She is also a published author in Greece. 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. Follow Niki on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.


Anne is a writer and a breastfeeding counsellor. She is fluent in English and French but, please, don't ask her to do maths in English or her brain will fry. You can ask her about her four children, husband and cat and she will happily tell you all about them until you beg for mercy. She won the 2018 Winchester's Writers' Festival prize in Funny Fiction for her story about a grandmother were-cow and was shortlisted in the Writers & Artists' Writing for Children and YA 2019 competition.
In her spare time, she murders violin pieces or dreams about being invited to Desert Island Discs (spoiler: her book of choice would be Eloise).
Twitter: @AmusedNonQueen

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