I currently work as: aFreelance illustrator (hooray!)
This year I have worked for: Random House, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Oxford University Press, WHSmith, Higgidy (mmm lovely pies), Usborne Publishing, Macmillan, Historic Royal Palaces (Kensington Palace) and many more . . .
In a former life I was: a social worker
One of my proudest work moments was: when I finally quit my day job and concentrated on the job I love - being an illustrator! My favourite children's book is: Alice in Wonderland. I remember seeing Sir John Tenniels illustrations when I was a tiny child and being amazed by them.
You'd never guess but: I once made a hat for Lady Bracknell!
Founded in 1962 as an informal association of children’s book editors, we are a not- for-profit organisation run entirely by a committee of volunteers from the industry. Over the past 50 years, the CBC has expanded to embrace anyone with a professional interest in children’s books, from publishers, librarians, authors and illustrators, to teachers, booksellers and agents.
What We Do
Each year, we put on 10-12 children’s book events in order to promote, explore and celebrate the importance of children’s publishing. These can range from Meet and Critique evenings, to panel debates about everything from digital futures to where to draw the line in teen literature. Hosted by a diverse range of industry experts, we believe that discussion and debate are key factors in driving the children’s book industry forward, and audience participation is actively encouraged.
In order for industry professionals to meet in a less formal setting, we also organise several purely social events, from pub quizzes to spring and christmas drinks evenings.
7th May 2013 - Latest message from the committee:
Meet and Critique: Fiction Focus
Tickets now available!
Thursday, 23rd May 2013 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Penguin Offices, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
How does your plot hang together? Are you pitching your work at the correct readership and age group? Does your writing have the professional polish that editors and agents are looking for? Is your story standing out . . . for the right reasons?
Once again we’re running our meet and critique evening, where aspiring authors can meet with industry experts and discuss their plot ideas and writing concerns one-to-one.
We'll look at your synopsis and five double-spaced pages and brainstorm with you in an intensive fifteen-minute session.
There are only 30 spaces, and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please book your tickets now to meet with our children’s publishing professionals!