The Team

Here's the team who put Words & Pictures together:

Claire Watts
Editor
@evangelinecluck

Claire has been a freelance writer and editor of non-fiction for children for the past twenty-five years, though secretly she was always messing around with fiction too. About six years ago, she decided to concentrate on fiction. Since then, she’s self-published three YA novels and she’s in the process of redrafting a fourth. Meanwhile, one of her other novels is doing the rounds of agents and was longlisted in last year’s Mslexia competition. She’s a member of two face-to-face crit groups and one online one, because she loves talking about writing. Claire moved from London to rural Scotland twenty years ago and yearns for the city when she’s at home and the country when she’s in the city. Her house is full to bursting with all sorts of books but children’s books are her passion.

You can contact Claire at editor@britishscbwi.org



A M Dassu (Az) 
Deputy Editor

@a_reflective

Five years ago, whilst writing some copy for a friend’s website, A M Dassu rediscovered her love of writing for an audience. Since then her work has been featured on The Huffington Post and the Times Educational Supplement, to name a few. In 2015, her first piece for The Huffington Post, for whom she was a featured writer, was published on the front page, alongside Barack Obama and Lenny Henry. Her previous work experience includes project management, marketing, and some editorial work at Reader’s Digest.

A M Dassu was delighted to receive the Outstanding Contribution Award for her work as Words & Pictures' Events Editor in 2017 and absolutely loves her new role as Deputy Editor. She is currently plotting her next contemporary upper middle grade novel, whilst editing her fiction debut which is due to be published in 2020. She loves planning school workshops and as a lover of hats, she spends a lot of her time choosing which hat to wear.

You can contact Az at deputyeditor@britishscbwi.org





Features Editors



Elaine Cline
Writing Competitions Editor 
 
@elaineclineuk

Elaine is the Writing Competitions Editor and coordinates the quarterly Slush Pile Challenge. She loves to write picture books, middle-grade and teen books. She lives by the sea and has a soft and silly cat and a dog.



Nick Cross
Blog Network Editor

@nick_w_cross

When Nick isn't reading blog posts, he works for Oxford Dictionaries, helping to bring their unique dictionary content to life through digital services. A devoted student of the English language, Nick is an Undiscovered Voices winner who has published over 10 short stories for children, and in 2015 was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction. He is an illustrator as well as a writer, and loves to create novels that combine words and pictures in exciting new ways.



Eleanor Pender
KnowHow Editor


@twice_ell

Based in Bristol, Eleanor divides her time between lecturing in digital communications and talking about literary and arts projects. She lived in Edinburgh for six years where she worked for Edinburgh City of Literature Trust and discovered her passion for young readers, going on to chair at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Eleanor has had short stories published in Inaccurate Realities and anthology We Need To Talk published by Jurassic London. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel.


You can contact Eleanor at knowhow@britishscbwi.org



Fran Price
Events Editor

@FranGPrice

Fran worked in contract publishing before taking an MA in Creative Writing, when she fell in love with writing for children. She writes picture books and middle grade, is a Beanstalk Reading Helper, and works as a Teaching Assistant in a lovely rural school in Somerset with only 38 children.

You can contact Fran at events@britishscbwi.org



Hannah Fletcher
Writing Features and Social Media Editor




Based in North East England, Hannah has worked in the written word world for the past ten years including positions in bookselling, publicity and as a Co-Editor in Chief of a literary magazine. Her time is currently spent as a writing feedback tutor and managing her own creative writing business for children. She is passionate about children’s literature and is currently working on her Middle Grade Fantasy novel called Fable Quinn and the Storyteller’s Scroll.



Janey Robinson
Network News Editor


@sjlrobinson

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. Currently the Project Manager for an in-development kids animation with purpose, Janey has previously donned many hats from being a lifestyle journalist, IT manager, trained chef and non-profit director for food education projects. 


You can contact Janey at networknews@britishscbwi.org.




John Shelley
Illustration Features Editor

@StudioNIB

John studied illustration under Tony Ross and debuted in London before zipping off to Japan for over 20 years. A former Board member of SCBWI and Assistant Regional Advisor in Tokyo, he’s been a key member of the British Isles Region Illustrator Committee since returning to the UK, while continuing to work on titles for publishers in East and West. Bilingual in Japanese, to date he’s illustrated over 50 children’s books for publishers in the UK, Japan and the USA. He's a multiple nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. www.jshelley.com

You can contact John at illustrators@britishscbwi.org



Julie Sullivan
Writing Features Editor

@Webwight

Julie is an American translator (French and German to English) and copy editor and has lived most of her adult life outside the USA. Her four children all went to school in England but only the youngest can switch from one accent to the other on demand. Julie studies classical Chinese for fun (信而好古!), writes historical fiction, and loves the friends she has met volunteering for SCBWI.




BeeBee Taylor 
Celebrations Editor

@BB_Taylor_

Professional daydreamer BB Taylor accidentally discovered a love of telling stories through her animals and visiting schools teaching about weird n wonderful animals of different shapes and sizes. From there she was hooked. A enthusiastic author from Birmingham, she loves to travel, sharing stories from her books featuring everything from raccoons and fairies to yetis and zombies.

You can contact BB at celebrations@britishscbwi.org



Julia Tuffs
Writing Features Editor



Natalie Yates
Writing Features Editor




When she’s not working as a Teaching Assistant in the local secondary school, Natalie loves to write for young adults. Around family life and writing, she also manages to fit in her role as a SCBWI Networks Coordinator for the North East. She loves to write contemporary realistic novels and was longlisted for the Commonword Diversity Writing for Children prize in 2016, the year in which she also gained an MA in Creative Writing from Hull University. As well as editor for some writing features, Natalie also organises Opening Lines.
You can contact Natalie at features1@britishscbwi.org



Subeditors



Fran Benson




Fran is a journalist and copywriter, works for a health charity, does the bookkeeping for her husband's business and runs a popular book club at her local primary school. She has three children and a dog. In her spare time she's redrafting a middle grade fantasy which was longlisted for the Bath Children's Novel Award last year. You can say hello on Twitter @journalistfran.




Anne Boyere


Twitter @AmusedNonQueen

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, which she is determined to submit to agents till the cows come home.

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).





Alex English



Alex English is the author of several picture books and has a new middle-grade series Sky Pirates forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2020. She is represented by Thérèse Coen at Hardman & Swainson and lives just outside Paris with her family. Find her on Twitter at @alexthepink or at www.alexenglish.co.uk



Joan Longstaff



Joan lives in Cambridgeshire and, after spending 25 years in the publishing arm of RNIB where she turned other people's stories into braille, large print and audio, she decided to turn her hand to writing her own. Picture books are her passion and she finds inspiration comes best when there's a healthy supply of tea and biscuits to hand. Follow her on Twitter @joan_longstaff


Jo. E. Verrill


@verrillverrill

Jo used to work at a radio station, telling off presenters for swearing on air, but has recently quit to pursue her dream of being the funniest children’s writer in the world. She has finished four books to date, which are too good for publication. Jo does not photograph well.



Writers


Natascha Biebow



Natascha has been RA of SCBWI_BI since 1998 and really enjoys supporting authors and illustrators. She's loved watching the region grow from 30 members with informal meetings to a 500 strong membership offering a whole host of events. She feels lucky to work with a fabulous team of volunteers.
Natascha is a full-time mum, author and founder of Blue Elephant Storyshaping, a coaching service empowering writers and illustrators to fine-tune their work pre-submission. She is also the author of Elephants Never Forget, Is This My Nose? and The Crayon Man, and the editor of numerous award-winning children’s books.


Sarah Broadley


Sarah Broadley lives in Edinburgh with her family and two cats. She is a member of SCBWI SE Scotland and is represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes from the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. Follow her on Twitter.


Caroline Deacon


Caroline Deacon lives in Edinburgh and is the author of several childcare books. She now writes MG and YA and is agented by Lindsay Fraser of Fraser Ross Associates, Edinburgh. Find her on Twitter @writingdilemmas and at www.carolinedeacon.com



Philippa R. Francis

@lockwoodwriter

Philippa, writing as K. M. Lockwood, was once a primary school teacher, became a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at West Dean College in 2011 and now, as well as being a regular contributor, is the official Words & Pictures Tweeter. Her story The Selkies of Scoresby Nab was short-listed for the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition and long-listed for the Times Chicken House in 2012/13. She was born in Yorkshire but now lives by the coast in Sussex. Her writing shows her deep fascination with British folklore and the sea. Her interests include reading, keeping a B&B and belly dancing, though not at the same time.


Tizzie Frankish

@tizzief

After having spent most of her 20’s travelling and studying or travelling to study, Tizzie settled back in her home town of Coventry and into a 15-year career in further education; teaching ESOL, English and assessing learners with dyslexia. By day, she is a mum to two boisterous boys and a part-time university tutor; by night, an agented writer who is plagued by her characters. She has dabbled in poetry, picture books and has short stories published in anthologies, but is currently working on a number of young fiction stories. Her works are often humorous and more often than not include animals; even if she starts out thinking they won’t. Tizzie is an Assistant Writer for Writing West Midlands; Spark Young Writers, the founder of Mighty Writers: Creative Writing Workshops and in 2016 she was selected for the Teachers 204 Writers Development programme. The only time her mind is writing free is when she is exploring her make believe worlds or doing yoga in this one.


Helen Simmons


Helen is a writer of YA fiction, a full time drama teacher and a reader of anything and everything. When she is not putting on shows, reading or writing, Helen loves to walk in wild places, or hang out with her family and friends in London, France and Cornwall.




Kate Walker

@KatakusM

Kate  mainly writes MG fantasy as well as dabbling in picture books whenever a character grabs her imagination. Kate lives in Kent with her two children who are addicted to stories just as much as she is.

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