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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


In Defence of Childhood Freedoms

by Lauren St John

The Children's Book Circle is thrilled to announce Lauren St John as the speaker at this year's Patrick Hardy Lecture on Thursday 17th September. This annual talk, which commemorates celebrated children's book editor and publisher Patrick Hardy, explores a subject of the speaker's choosing within the field of Children's Literature.

Lauren's talk, In Defence of Childhood Freedoms, will cover the freedoms she knew as a child growing up on a game reserve in Zimbabwe during the war, which inspired her books.  She'll also be discussing how she believes these childhood freedoms should be guarded more fiercely than ever in an era where the fear of predators, status anxiety and academic pressure are combining to regulate children's lives.

Join us for drinks and this inspiring and thought-provoking talk from the wonderful and supremely talented author Lauren St John. 

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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