May has been a month of sunshine and showers with bees buzzing busily around. But our SCBWI members have been beavering away too and, as usual, there is some good news to be had...

Congratulations to Ashley Thorpe who has landed a two-book deal with Usborne. The Boy to Beat the Gods - the first of Ashley's books to be published - is a standalone fantasy adventure that takes inspiration from Yoruba mythology. Ashley says, "We see a lot of Greek and Norse retellings and reimaginings but with this book I really wanted to shine a light on rich West African mythology and lore." The book will hit the shelves on July 4th.

Ashley's novel is the first in a two-book deal but stands alone.

Ashley is a writer based in Manchester who also works as senior editor at Storymix, the inclusive children's fiction studio.

Ashley Thorpe

Congratulations to Rebecca Colby whose book, HUSH, LITTLE DOZER, illustrated by Katya Longhi, was published by Simon & Schuster in April.

Say goodnight to each construction vehicle as it completes its last task of the day – especially to little dozer – in this sweet board book that puts a new spin on “Hush, Little Baby.”

Push, little dozer,
clear the ground,
level out the rocky mound.
When you’ve flattened smooth the land,
signal loader to the sand.

After finishing their job for the day, construction vehicles rumble off to sleep!

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.


Ell Rose is the Illustration Features Editor of Words & Pictures.
Find their work at https://fourfooteleven.com
Follow them on Instagram and Twitter
Contact them at illustrators@britishscbwi.org

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

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