Although March 2024 has brought more rain than sunshine, we can always find something to celebrate...

A big congratulations to Farrah Riaz who has announced that her picture book, The Twirly Wiggly Dance will be published by Oxford University Press on 1st August 2024. The book is illustrated by Navya Raju and the cover was revealed on 1st March 2024. Farrah signed the deal in 2022 and so celebrating has been a long time coming. 

Coming in August 2024

The press release from Oxford University Press decribes The Twirly Wiggly Dance as "celebrating the joy and community of South Asian Muslim weddings and is inspired by Riaz's own childhood experiences. It follows Intisar as she prepares to perform a group dance at her Auntie Mahira's wedding. Desperate to pull off a flawless performance, Intisar learns from her family that being herself is more fun than being perfect." It also includes a non-fiction spread about South Asian Muslim weddings.

Farrah is a London-based author with a Hindustani background and works in higher education. Her editor Katie Haworth says, "It's a truly celebratory story with plenty of heart." 

Thank you for sharing such terrific news with us and we wish you every success!

Sarah Dollar is celebrating a fantastic month. After winning the Searchlight Award for Best Picture Book Text 2023 with her story, Milo's Secret Jar, she has now signed with Becky Bagnell of Lindsay Literary Agency. Congratulations Sarah, we can't wait to follow the next stage of your journey.

Sarah is a Searchlight Award winner and has now signed with an agent

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 the 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.


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