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The Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook support us with their first online Children’s and YA Fiction Festival

15 Feb 2021

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We are so pleased to be partnering with the brilliant Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook for its first online festival dedicated to writing and illustrating for children and young adults. Every ticket includes a generous donation towards our work.

From 6.30pm to 8.30pm on 1 – 4 March 2021, the festival has a brilliant line-up of online events, including:

  • World building with L.D. Lapinski author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency (Hachette)
  • Guidance on creating characters with Patience Agbabi, author of The Infinite (Canongate)
  • Plotting and pacing adventure stories with Christopher Edge, author of The Jamie Drake Equation (Nosy Crow)
  • Writing picture books with Emma Perry, author of I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End (David Fickling)
  • Finding your authorial voice with Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods (Scholastic)
  • The illustration process with Viola Wang, author and illustrator of Rabbit Bright (Hachette)
  • And a whole roster of insightful talks and discussions with publishing industry professionals and literary agents.

The generous support of the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook has come at an essential time. The pandemic has been hugely disruptive to children’s literacy and learning and there has never been a more pressing need for our work. We are so grateful for their kind donation of 10% of ticket costs, and this money will go towards addressing the literacy challenges of COVID-19. “As aspiring authors and artists know, great children’s books can have a lifelong impact on someone’s reading enjoyment. We hope the Children’s and Young Adult Fiction Festival inspires a new generation of talent to put pen to paper.”

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust

We are thrilled to be working with the National Literacy Trust on our Children’s & YA Fiction Festival. The week-long festival will be a creative celebration of writing for children, and we encourage all writers – of all ages – to take a look at what’s on offer and be inspired to put pen to paper. Children and young adults from all backgrounds deserve to be able to escape into a good story, and we’re so pleased that we’re able to help the NLT continue their brilliant, vital work.

Clare Povey, Editorial and Communities Manager of Writers & Artists

Ticket prices vary from £10-£30 and can be booked at

Writers & Artists have a limited number of free places for people on low-income. To apply for a free place, please email specifying which workshop you’d like to attend.

Bloomsbury is a long-standing supporter of our work, helping us with national projects and supporting families with books and digital resources. We have a three-year partnership with the publisher in our Hastings Literacy Hub, where they have pledged to help us promote children’s literacy and instil a love of reading from an early age.

Thank you Bloomsbury and the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook!

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