Fame and Fortune: A discussion of celebrity in children's publishing

Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 6:30pm - 9pm

Location: Waterstones, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 1BJ

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The Children's Book Circle are hosting a panel discussion aimed at taking a deeper look at the question of celebrity children's publishing: Is celebrity publishing destroying children's literature - or bringing reading to a wider audience? What is it like to be a ghostwriter? Is there a culture of snobbery in the world of children's books?

Join us at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road for a fair and lively chaired debate on these questions and more.

Charlotte Eyre (chair) is children's editor of the Bookseller magazine, where she reports on all aspects of the children's book sector. She is chair of the YA Book Prize and programmes the Bookseller children's conference in 2015 and 2016.

Clare Zinkin is a children’s reading consultant, writer, editor, reviewer and blogger. She worked as a journalist, and in-house editor at DK, before going freelance. She now works for an education consultancy, sits on the Executive of the FCBG, and works with schools to deliver reading for pleasure programmes. She is currently working on her second literary fiction novel.

Michelle Robinson is the major award-winning author of many picture books for children, including There's a Lion in My Cornflakes and A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting. Her book Goodnight Spaceman went to the International Space Station and contains an inspirational letter from ESA astronaut Tim Peake.

Siobhan Curham is the author of seven books for young adults. Her first YA novel, Dear Dylan, was winner of the Young Minds Book Award and her next novel, Tell it to the Moon, is being published by Walker Books in August. Siobhan also writes an award-winning blog called Dare to Dream and has given motivational talks to thousands of young people around the world. She also works as a ghost-writer.

Tickets £5 for non-members, £3 for members

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