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!
THE ONE THE ONLY THE CBC SUMMER PARTY Thursday 16th July – 6.30pm
Location: The Library 112 St Martin’s Lane London, WC2N 4BD
Join us in raising a glass to surviving the first six months of contracts, edits, book fairs, festivals, events, panels, submissions, workshops, stock checks and debates. We will have copious drinks, thanks to our awesome sponsor, SUPER AWESOME, and a few surprises in store for the party of the year (so far) with thanks to NIGHT ZOO KEEPER.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 1st June 2015.
Members £10 / Non-members: £15
Thursday 17th September – Patrick Hardy Lecture, Thurs 17 Sept
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.