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I currently work as: a Freelance 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!

If you'd like to contact me: visit my website

2015 Events

The Children’s Book Circle is very pleased to announce its 2015 programme of events. All events are at Penguin HQ, 80 Strand, except where noted. We look forward to seeing you this year!

(Please note tickets will only be released a few weeks in advance of each event and members will be emailed when they are available.)

Thursday 23rd April – Seeing Yourself: Diversity in Picture Books

These past few years have seen a major increase in discussion around the lack of diversity in picture books. But what is meant by 'diversity'? How are various groups best represented among characters, authors, illustrators, editors? What are the factors that limit diversity in publishing, and what should be done to remove them?

A panel of speakers will share their experiences, thoughts and recommendations; followed by a question and answer session.

Members £3 / Non-members: £6

Tuesday 12th May: Meet & Critique - Fiction

Are you an aspiring writer? Have you written a story or novel, and now want professional feedback?

The CBC will be running our popular 'meet and critique' evening, where writers can meet with industry experts and discuss plot ideas, voice, structure, target audience, and writing concerns one-to-one. This session focuses on children's fiction from 5+ up to YA.

An editor or agent will look at your synopsis and five double-spaced pages and brainstorm with you in an intensive fifteen-minute session. Book quickly, as spaces are limited!

Members £10 / Non-members £15

Thursday 28th May – Only connect: E-nnovating and unlocking digital potential in children’s fiction

Talking about the launch of new digital imprint, Canelo, on the Bookseller’s Futurebook blog, Philip Jones said:

There remains great untapped potential, not just from doing e-books differently (or more quickly as Little, Brown has shown with its Broadchurch spin-offs), but from rethinking what publishing can do with the content and authors it has at its disposal.

What is this untapped potential? What can publishers learn from digital disruptors when it comes to presenting high quality content to a digital audience? And what innovations are required to persuade consumers that this content is worth paying for?

Our panel speakers will discuss all this and more in a lively session followed by you Q&As.

Members £3 / Non-members: £6

Thursday 18th June – Meet and Critique: Picture Books

Do you want to create a picture book? Are you struggling with a narrative? Does your writing have the professional polish that editors and agents are looking for? Are you pitching your work at the correct readership and age group? Is your story standing out . . . for the right reasons?

Send us your picture book texts and we'll give you an intensive, fifteen-minute session with an industry expert. Top editors will be on-hand to critique your work and share market tips. This is your chance to get professional, one-to-one feedback on your work - places are limited, so get in there quick!

Please note that there are only 35 tickets available and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You must send in your picture book texts to by Monday 1st June 2015.

Members £10 / Non-members: £15

Thursday 2nd July – CBC Summer Party

Location: TBD

Join us in raising a glass to surviving the first six months of contracts, edits, book fairs, festivals, events, panels, workshops and debates. Drinks, nibbles, music and a few surprises are in store for the party of the year (so far).

We're suggesting you call in sick now.

Members £5 / Non-members: £8

Thursday 17th September – Patrick Hardy Lecture, Thurs 17 Sept

Location: TBD

The Patrick Hardy Lecture is delivered each year by a distinguished speaker on a topic of their choice. Past speakers include Jonathan Stroud, Anthony Horowitz, Meg Rosoff, David Almond and Michael Rosen. Our speaker for 2013 will be confirmed later this year.

Members £5 / Non-members: £10

Thursday 22nd October – How to Get into Publishing

Panel discussion from industry experts on how to get into publishing.

Members £3 / Non-members: £6

Thursday 19th November – Eleanor Farjeon Award

The annual Eleanor Farjeon award is held in recognition of outstanding contribution in the world of children’s books. This year’s guest speaker and nominees will be announced later this year.

Members £5 / Non-members: £10

Who are we?

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.

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