We're only in the first month of 2024 but we already have some fantastic things to celebrate...

Congratulations to Naomi Blayney who has graduated from her MA in Illustration with distinction. Naomi has kindly written a blog post detailing her experience of doing the course which we have published as an extra article this week. We look forward to following the next stage of your journey, Naomi!

Naomi Blayney

Emma Finlayson-Palmer is celebrating the release of her early reader Mega Merle and the Mega Mystery which is illustrated by Becka Moor. This story is published by OUP and is part of their new Readerful series. The story is about a hamster who thinks he's a superhero and along with his trusty sidekick, Hurricane the dog, they are on a mission to find out who stole all the snacks. Congratulations Emma it sounds wonderful!

OUP have launched a new early reading scheme called Readerful 

Ramona Karoor had a fabulous night at The Golden Egg gala on January 19th. Her middle grade pitch got shortlisted in their pitch competition. Congratulations Ramona!

Ramona is both a member of SCBWI and The Golden Egg who hold their annual 'Big Honk' in London

There's wonderful news for Dawn Treacher. Her new middle grade fantasy adventure Lost in Time has been acquired by Tiny Tree children's books, now an imprint of Andrews UK. Lost in Time will be released in June this year and Dawn is also illustrating the project which she is really excited about. We wish you every success with your upcoming release Dawn and can't wait to see it on the shelves. 

Dawn's fantastic news appeared in The Bookseller

Have you got good news to share? A new book? An offer of agent representation? An award? Don't be shy! Why not send an email over to production@britishscbwi.org together with a picture and any links so we can celebrate with you.

*Header image: in-house collaboration by Ell Rose & Tita Berredo


Tracy Curran is Production Editor for Words & Pictures and enjoys writing picture books, young fiction and lower middle grade novels. Known as Little Cornish Writer, you can find her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

She also enjoys reviewing children's books on her blog The Breadcrumb Forest.


Ell Rose is Illustration Features Editor of Words & Pictures.
Find their work at www.shannonillustrates.com
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Contact them at illustrators@britishscbwi.org

Tita Berredo is the Illustrator Coordinator of SCBWI British Isles and Art Director of Words & Pictures. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter or www.titaberredo.com
Contact her atilluscoordinator@britishscbwi.org.

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