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PHILIP ARDAGH | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

09:00 – 09:45 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

Award-winning children’s author Philip Ardagh has written over a hundred books and appeared at literary festivals from Australia to China and the USA. A fan of both fiction and non-fiction, he’s written everything from teach yourself hieroglyphs and a book of useless lists, to tales of Eddie Dickens, the Grunts, and Furry Purry Beancat illustrated by ‘Draw With Rob’ Biddulph. His work’s been translated into around 40 languages and High In The Clouds, written in collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney, is currently being turned into a film by Netflix.

Keshini Naidoo - Hera Books is part of the How To Write Crime, Thriller and Mystery Day

10:00 - 12:30 - FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOPS #FR1)

SHOWING CHARACTER THROUGH THE PHYSICAL

JOANNA BARNARD | WORKSHOP (REF: FR1A)

10:00 – 12:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

We’re often told ‘show, don’t tell’ when it comes to writing fiction and creating believable characters. But how? In this workshop, we will explore ways in which you can use physical features, movement and nuance to show the reader aspects of character. We’ll consider how much description is too much, how to avoid cliche, and how to use the senses to make your creations look, sound and feel like living, breathing people.

More about Joanna Barnard

Joanna Barnard won the inaugural Bath Novel Award in 2014 and is the author of Precocious and Hush Little Baby. She is also a qualified counsellor, workshop leader and creative writing mentor. Joanna leads workshops in writing for wellbeing, aspects of novel writing, and getting started in poetry and short fiction – among other topics. She continues to write and is working on her next novel.

You can find out more about Joanna and read some of her work at www.joannaibarnard.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @joannabarnard76

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A PASSION FOR THE PAST: WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION

VANESSA HARBOUR | WORKSHOP (REF: FR1B)

10:00 – 12:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

The workshop will explore what historical fiction is and why it is so important, particularly in the world we are currently living in. It will cover the importance of research and what the pitfalls and issues of writing historical fiction are. This will lead to a section that explores what is involved when writing historical fiction including such elements as setting and character from a historical perspective. Throughout the workshop, there will be exercises and opportunities to write your own historical fiction. When coming to the workshop it would be worth having in mind historical periods that you might be interested in writing about. Have some thoughts about them and consider what you know about the periods.

More about Vanessa Harbour

Vanessa Harbour is an author who happens to be disabled and an academic who loves words and believes in living life to the full regardless of what it throws at her. In particular, she likes to weave her words into stories for children and young adults providing moments of hope in a difficult world. Her novel Flight, a historical middle-grade adventure was published by Firefly in 2018. It was shortlisted for the Branford Boase and Sheffield Children’s Book Award. It was also picked by the EmpathyLabUK for their Guide for Empathy Reads in 2020. Safe, the sequel to Flight will be published in September 2022. She is currently working on an adult historical novel. Vanessa has a creative practice PhD which focused on creative writing and young adult fiction. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and has been for 15+ years. Previously she has also worked as an editor and workshop leader at the Golden Egg Academy.

Vanessa Harbour - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

THE ART OF PICTURE BOOKS AND CHAPTER BOOKS

TOM MCLAUGHLIN | WORKSHOP (REF: FR1E)

10:00 – 12:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

A deep dive into the writing, creating and illustrating of picture books as well as middle grade novels from author and illustrator Tom McLaughlin. The difference between the two, as well as some tips to turn your ideas into finished texts.

More about Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin is an author and illustrator with over 10 years experience. He’s written and illustrated over 20 books, from picture books to comedy chapter books. He has worked for some of the biggest publishers including Puffin, Bloomsbury, Walker, Oxford University Press to name but a few.

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A WRITER’S GUIDE TO THE PUBLISHING WORLD

SCOTT PACK | WORKSHOP (REF: FR1F)

10:00 – 12:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

The book world can seem off-limits to new writers trying to break into it so this workshop looks to de-mystify the whole thing with a straightforward guide to how it all works. It will look at the life-cycle of a book, from manuscript to bookshop, explaining each stage in the process, as well as a guide to the various business models writers will be faced with during their careers. There will also be a section on the mathematics of publishing, exploring how many copies books sell, what it costs to produce them and the sort of money authors can expect to make. The more you know about the industry the better equipped you will be when you try to navigate it, and this class looks to make sure you are as well-informed as possible.

More about Scott Pack

Scott Pack is now in his third decade working in the book world. During that time he has been head of buying at Waterstones, worked for publishers big and small – including a lengthy spell at HarperCollins – and taught numerous workshops on classes on all aspects of writing. These days he splits his time between writing his own books, editing other people’s, teaching the editors of tomorrow as part of the Oxford Brookes University MA in Publishing, and he is one of the question setters for BBC’s Mastermind. His latest book, Tips from a Publisher, is out now.

Scott Pack - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

LUNCH TIME TALKS

THE STORY MACHINE

TOM MCLAUGHLIN | TALK (REF: FRLA)

12:45 – 13:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

Join author / illustrator Tom McLaughlin in this interactive session as you, the audience, create the story while Tom provides the illustrations!

More about Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin is an author and illustrator with over 10 years experience. He’s written and illustrated over 20 books, from picture books to comedy chapter books. He has worked for some of the biggest publishers including Puffin, Bloomsbury, Walker, Oxford University Press to name but a few.

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THREE TIMES AS THRILLING

KAREN HAMILTON, DEBBIE HOWELLS & LIV MATTHEWS | PANEL (REF: FRLB)

12:45 – 13:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

In conversation with three bestselling psychological thriller authors, Karen Hamilton, Debbie Howells and Liv Matthews share their experiences of writing for one of the world’s leading genres.

 

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More about Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton worked as long-haul cabin crew for many years before putting down roots in Hampshire with her husband and three sons to pursue a writing career. She is a graduate of The Faber Academy. Her first novel, The Perfect Girlfriend, was a Sunday Times bestseller and is soon to be made into a TV series starring Anna Friel. Her latest thriller, The Ex-Husband is out now.

Website: www.karenhamiltonwriter.com Twitter: @KJHAuthor, Instagram: @karenhamiltonauthor, Facebook: @KarenHamiltonWriter

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More about Debbie Howells

Having previously worked as cabin crew, a flying instructor and a wedding florist, Debbie Howells started writing during her busiest summer of weddings.

After self-publishing three women’s fiction novels, she wrote The Bones of You, her first psychological thriller. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and picked for the Richard and Judy book club. Three more have been published by Pan Macmillan: The Beauty of The End, The Death of Her and Her Sister’s Lie.

Her fifth, The Vow, was published by Avon in 2020 and was a #1 eBook bestseller. Her latest, The Secret, is out now, with her next due in 2023.

More recently, Debbie has returned to writing women’s fiction novels, about life, love, friendship and loss – the stuff that happens to all of us. The first of these, The Life You Left Behind has just been published by Boldwood.

Debbie writes full time, inspired by the peacefulness of the countryside she lives in with her partner Martin and Bean the rescued cat.

You can visit her website at www.debbiehowells.co.uk.

Follow her on Instagram @_debbiehowells, on Facebook @debbiehowellswriter or on Twitter @debbie__howells.

Leisa Stewart-Sharpe - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Liv Matthews

For over ten years, Liv Matthews worked both in domestic sales and international sales for major publishing houses, before leaving to pursue a career in writing. Her first novel, The Prank, was published by Welbeck in 2021. Her second, The Twins, was published in Feb 2022 and is a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

Follow her on Instagram @lv_matthews_author or Twitter @LV_matthews

ADVENTURES OF A MIDDLE GRADE READER

HELEN (H.L.) DENNIS, VANESSA HARBOUR & JENNY MCLACHLAN | PANEL (REF: FRLE)

13:45 – 14:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

In conversation with three children’s authors, Helen (H.L.) Dennis, Vanessa Harbour and Jenny McLachlan. Literary adventures come in many forms – contemporary, historical, fantasy – but what elements are necessary to keep a young reader captivated?

Helen Dennis - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Helen Dennis
Helen Dennis (H.L. Dennis) is the prize-winning writer of the Secret Breakers and the River of Ink series, both modern adventure thrillers for readers aged 8+ and 10+ respectively and published by Hodder Children’s Books. Secret Breakers has been bought for translation into seven languages and optioned for live action TV. Helen’s books have been nominated for the CLIP Carnegie Medal; won several regional prizes; been chosen by the BookTrust to be part of the Book Buzz scheme; promoted as a BookTrust Pick as part of Deaf Awareness Week and listed in The Telegraph’s Best YA Books of 2016. Helen secured her first six book publishing deal after a successful one-to-one consultation at Winchester Writers’ Conference.
Find out more at www.helendennisbooks.com or follow her on @HLDennisauthor across social media.
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More about Vanessa Harbour

Vanessa Harbour is an author who happens to be disabled and an academic who loves words and believes in living life to the full regardless of what it throws at her. In particular, she likes to weave her words into stories for children and young adults providing moments of hope in a difficult world. Her novel Flight, a historical middle-grade adventure was published by Firefly in 2018. It was shortlisted for the Branford Boase and Sheffield Children’s Book Award. It was also picked by the EmpathyLabUK for their Guide for Empathy Reads in 2020. Safe, the sequel to Flight will be published in September 2022. She is currently working on an adult historical novel. Vanessa has a creative practice PhD which focused on creative writing and young adult fiction. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and has been for 15+ years. Previously she has also worked as an editor and workshop leader at the Golden Egg Academy.

Leisa Stewart-Sharpe - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Jenny McLachlan

Jenny McLachlan writes funny books for children that are published all over the world and her bestselling fantasy series – The Land of Roar – has sold over 100,000 copies. Jenny is currently writing two new series for children – Dead Good Detectives and Stink, which she is also illustrating. Before Jenny became a writer she was a teacher, but she now spends her time writing, drawing and enjoying life by the sea.

A WRITERS’ JOURNEY FROM CHILDHOOD DREAM TO BOOK DEAL REALITY 

ZOE ANTONIADES | TALK (REF: FRLD)

13:45 – 14:30 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

Join Zoe if you’re in need of a little motivation and inspiration to spur you on your writers’ quest as she tells you her story of how she realised her own dreams of becoming a published children’s author with Andersen Press with her series of books about twins Cally & Jimmy. Hear about the various stages in the process she went through towards achieving publication, with all its thick-skinned perseverance and hard graft, along with a bit of good luck and fate on her side, that ultimately got her there.

More about Zoe Antoniades

Zoe Antoniades was born in West London of Greek Cypriot parents. She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in English and Drama and later trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education (UCL).

Zoe writes collaboratively with young people and has published four anthologies of short stories: Invincible Voices – Long Shorts, Medium Shorts and Short Shorts which were launched at Waterstones, Chiswick in 2017. The fourth book in the series, Invincible Voices – Winter Shorts, was published in September 2018. Zoe has also written a memoir, Tea and Baklavas which won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize, 2015.

Now signed with Andersen Press, Zoe has written the hilarious and heartwarming series about London-Cypriot twins, Cally & Jimmy. The first title, Twins in Trouble was published in September 2020 the second book, Twintastic, in April 2021 and the third, Twins Together in
February 2022.

Zoe also works as a creative writing workshop leader providing interactive classes and author talks online as well as visiting schools and appearing at libraries, bookshops, festivals and events nationwide and even in Cyprus.

Leisa Stewart-Sharpe - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

15:00 - 18:00 - FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOPS #FR2)

BOOKOUTURE – THE WORLD OF DIGITAL PUBLISHING

NATASHA HARDING AND RHIANNA LOUISE | TALK (REF: FR2A)

15:00 – 18:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

Bookouture is a leading publisher of digital commercial fiction, and an imprint of Hachette UK. Associate Publisher Natasha Harding and Commissioning Editor Rhianna Louise will provide insight into what Bookouture’s editors look for in submitted manuscripts and pitches, how the submission process works, and what the publishing journey looks like for authors once their book is acquired. They will also discuss current trends and key genres in commercial fiction, and the benefits and challenges of digital publishing.

Natasha Harding - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Natasha Harding

Natasha Harding began her publishing career working at various academic and children’s publishing houses, gaining experience as an editorial assistant before moving into commercial fiction. During her time at Pan Macmillan Natasha worked with many bestsellers including Kerry Wilkinson, Annie Murray and Lucy Diamond. She went on to acquire digital bestsellers Philippa Ashley and Sam Carrington at Avon and edited authors including Fiona Gibson, Claudia Carroll and Marnie Riches. As Associate Publisher at Bookouture, Natasha works with bestselling authors including Shalini Boland, Debbie Rix and Alison James, and is always looking for standout, gripping commercial fiction, books with an unforgettable hook and stories that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Rhianna Louise - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Rhianna Louise

A Commissioning Editor at Bookouture, Rhianna Louise began her publishing career after completing an MA in literary translation and creative writing, and following some time in the charity sector. She loves writing with a strong sense of place, memorable characters and a tightly driven plot – and is always on the look-out for stories that keep her reading late into the night and make her cry, laugh out loud or gasp in shock.

TIME FOR TEA – AND TEAMWORK! THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PICTURE BOOK EDITOR AND WRITER

TRACEY CORDEROY AND JUDE EVANS | WORKSHOP (REF: FR2B)

15:00 – 18:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

In Part 1 of this workshop, Tracey will cover her writing journey. How she began, the pitfalls and positives of being an author, and where she gets inspiration from. She’ll consider what makes a really great picture book and will cover the similarities and differences between writing in prose and rhyme.

In Part 2 Tracey and her editor Jude Evans will explore the creative process of how to craft the perfect picture book together by:

  • Generating Ideas
  • Editing the Text
  • The Integration of Pictures
  • Considering Markets
  • Launching The Book into the World
Tracey Corderoy - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Tracey Corderoy

Tracey Corderoy grew up in South Wales, on a council estate firmly sandwiched between the steel and chemical works. She’s a trained teacher, but now writes full-time in an old damp cottage in a valley in the woods. A multi award-winning author, her first book was published in 2010, and in March 2022, her 73rd. Her passion for nosing into other people’s ‘stories’ began in early childhood, thanks to an ancient set of encyclopaedias and a Ladybird copy of Cinderella. Then one special teacher and many great librarians fed Tracey more and more books. Between their pages real magic started to happen. Impossible became plausible. Characters became friends. Boundaries became gates as slowly her world opened up. Books made her laugh, and cry, and think. They made her feel that maybe she could do things…

Website: www.traceycorderoy.com @TraceyCorderoy

Jude Evans - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Jude Evans

Jude Evans is Publisher of Little Tiger Press. She publishes award-winning, best-selling picture books, novelty books and board books by internationally acclaimed authors and illustrators. Her passion is for nurturing authors and illustrators to create their best work.

www.littletiger.co.uk

@EvansTheBooks

EMOTIONAL CONFLICT: PLOT AND THE EMOTIONAL ARC

ADRIENNE DINES | WORKSHOP (REF: FR2C)

15:00 – 18:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

How do you get readers to experience a story with their hearts as well as their heads? Is it enough to plot with plenty of heartstring-pulling moments…and if not, why not? What on earth is the emotional arc? In this workshop we’ll look at templates for plotting what happens in a story and the structure we use to relate that plot to a reader.  Then we’ll look at emotional arcs – where they fit in and how a strong emotional arc can carry the weight of our best stories.
More about Adrienne Dines

Since publication of her novels in the early noughties, Adrienne Dines has taught and talked about the craft of storytelling at Writers’ Festivals, Educational Conferences, in prisons, schools and hospices.  She is currently working on collating her talks into a guide for writers/storytellers on the Craft of Storytelling – how stories work and what to do when they don’t.  She is a regular judge for writing competitions and an irreverent speaker on the Art of Storytelling.

Adrienne Dines - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

HOW TO WRITE FANTASY FICTION FOR TODAY’S MARKET

IAN DRURY AND JO FLETCHER | WORKSHOP (REF: FR2D)

15:00 – 18:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

Genre fiction has changed profoundly over the last few years. Secondary worlds once almost uniformly western European medieval are now based on a wider variety of times and places and often grounded in different mythologies to the familiar tropes inherited from Tolkein. The diversity of settings is matched by an increasingly diverse range of authors – and indeed, publishers. This workshop is for anyone writing long form fantasy fiction with the intention of being published, whether through a conventional publishing house an e-book publisher or even self-published. We will discuss world building, character development, plotting, dialogue and style; plus which sub-genres are ‘in’ and which are ‘out’, and why that’s liable to change.

Ian Drury - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Ian Drury

Ian Drury has been a literary agent at Sheil Land Associates since 2007. Before that he worked in the magazine business and at Cassell & Co, then HarperCollins and was Publishing Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Since he is also the author of a number of history books, he has seen this business from all sides. His clients include bestselling fantasy novelist Mark Lawrence, the historical novelists Angus Donald and Robert Fabbri, military historians Peter Hart and Martin Windrow and the biographer Oliver Soden.

Jo Fletcher - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Jo Fletcher
Jo Fletcher is founder and Publisher of Jo Fletcher Books, Quercus’ SF/Fantasy/Horror imprint (now part of Hachette). The former Fleet Street investigative journalist has worked for, amongst others, Headline, Pan and Penguin, and ran the Gollancz genre list for 16 years. Her award-winning, bestselling authors have included Sir Terry Pratchett, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Andrzej Sapkowski, Ben Aaronovitch, Charlaine Harris and Joe Hill. As well as editing and publishing, she is also an award-winning poet, writer and ghost-writer. Her work includes non-fiction, ghost-written military and historical, fantasy and horror fiction.

BRINGING YOUR STORY TO LIFE

DEBBIE HOWELLS | WORKSHOP (REF: FR2E)

15:00 – 18:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

More than ever after our lives have been so restricted, readers enjoy being taken somewhere. Whether you’re writing a thriller or a rom com, being able to effectively create a sense of place can really bring your story to life. We’ll discuss using your senses, imagining sights and sounds, creating atmosphere. We’ll also look at bringing your characters to life – their development, giving them depth, making them believable; as well as experiencing the story through their eyes.

More about Debbie Howells

Having previously worked as cabin crew, a flying instructor and a wedding florist, Debbie Howells started writing during her busiest summer of weddings.

After self-publishing three women’s fiction novels, she wrote The Bones of You, her first psychological thriller. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and picked for the Richard and Judy book club. Three more have been published by Pan Macmillan: The Beauty of The End, The Death of Her and Her Sister’s Lie.

Her fifth, The Vow, was published by Avon in 2020 and was a #1 eBook bestseller. Her latest, The Secret, is out now, with her next due in 2023.

More recently, Debbie has returned to writing women’s fiction novels, about life, love, friendship and loss – the stuff that happens to all of us. The first of these, The Life You Left Behind has just been published by Boldwood.

Debbie writes full time, inspired by the peacefulness of the countryside she lives in with her partner Martin and Bean the rescued cat.

You can visit her website at www.debbiehowells.co.uk.

Follow her on Instagram @_debbiehowells, on Facebook @debbiehowellswriter or on Twitter @debbie__howells.

Debbie Howells - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

TURNING AN IDEA INTO A BESTSELLING CHILDREN’S BOOK

JENNY MCLACHLAN | WORKSHOP (REF: FR2G)

15:00 – 18:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

In this workshop Jenny will introduce you to her tried and tested method of writing bestselling children’s books. Using a combination of presentation, activities and discussion, Jenny will share the techniques she uses to find and nurture special ideas, plan, write and edit. This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to write children’s fiction, with a particular focus on chapter books (books for children aged 6+).

Whether you have a detailed plan, first draft, or you simply dream of writing a book one day, join Jenny to explore how to write books that children love. Jenny will also share with you how she got her own manuscript ready to share with an agent, how she actually secured her agent, including the letter she wrote, how she uses social media and how she got published and has stayed published.

More about Jenny McLachlan

Jenny McLachlan writes funny books for children that are published all over the world and her bestselling fantasy series – The Land of Roar – has sold over 100,000 copies. Jenny is currently writing two new series for children – Dead Good Detectives and Stink, which she is also illustrating. Before Jenny became a writer she was a teacher, but she now spends her time writing, drawing and enjoying life by the sea.

Jenny McLachlan - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

JULIET MUSHENS | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

18:15 – 19:00 | FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2022

As “one of the 150 most influential people in publishing” (The Bookseller, 2021), Juliet Mushens has sold millions of copies of her clients’ books around the world. Her enthusiasm and love of stories coupled with her industry experience make her agency, Mushens Entertainment, highly sought after, and her bestselling and critically acclaimed clients have nothing but praise for the way she takes an author’s career from strength to strength. But just what does being an agent involve? And what should you look for in your agent-author relationship? Join us as we demystify publishing and hear what happens when an agent pitches books to sell around the world.

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LITERARY AGENTS / EDITORS OFFERING FEEDBACK SESSIONS

How do the in-person #agent121s work?

When you book a package which includes Friday 10 June 2022 you will be asked to pick your top six agents in order of preference. Your ticket will include two in-person #agent121s and we will do our best to match you with your favourites.

What happens next?

We will notify you of your #agent121s by 7 May 2022 but will do our best to give you as much notice as possible. The deadline for submitting your submission package is 20 May 2022.

Emailing your attachments:

  • Once you have been given your #agent121 details, prepare your submission by putting the covering letter, synopsis and part of the manuscript as requested by your agent in a single word document. Address your covering letter as if you were sending it directly to the agent. Be careful to check the correct spelling of their name and also include your telephone number on your letter.
  • Add your name and agent one-to-one date to the header of the document.
  • Email your submission to agent121@iaminprint.co.uk by the stated submission deadline.
John Baker - Literary Agent at Bell, Lomax, Moreton for Literary Agent 121s
Zoe Antoniades

LOOKING AT: MG

Zoe Antoniades was born in West London of Greek Cypriot parents. She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in English and Drama and later trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education (UCL).

Zoe writes collaboratively with young people and has published four anthologies of short stories: Invincible Voices – Long Shorts, Medium Shorts and Short Shorts which were launched at Waterstones, Chiswick in 2017. The fourth book in the series, Invincible Voices – Winter Shorts, was published in September 2018. Zoe has also written a memoir, Tea and Baklavas which won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize, 2015.

Now signed with Andersen Press, Zoe has written the hilarious and heartwarming series about London-Cypriot twins, Cally & Jimmy. The first title, Twins in Trouble was published in September 2020 the second book, Twintastic, in April 2021 and the third, Twins Together in
February 2022.

Zoe also works as a creative writing workshop leader providing interactive classes and author talks online as well as visiting schools and appearing at libraries, bookshops, festivals and events nationwide and even in Cyprus.

Please note: Zoe is not an agent, but is able to give editorial advice.

Zoe would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters (or 10,000 words whichever is longest) of your manuscript in a single word document.

John Baker - Literary Agent at Bell, Lomax, Moreton for Literary Agent 121s
John Baker

LOOKING FOR: YA FANTASY, ADULT FICTION

John Baker joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 as a junior agent. Alongside reading every book containing a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John has been building a small but unique list of authors, who all share a passion for subverting expectations and creating rich new worlds of adventure.

John is looking for anything under the broad church of SFF, from literary to pulpy, high fantasy to gritty urban, but he would especially love to hear from anyone under-represented in the genre, particularly neurodiverse writers. John is also keen to grow his horror list, but definitely in the vein of psychological terror more than straight gore-fest. John will also accept YA fantasy.

John would like you to submit a covering letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first three chapters (or 10,000 words whichever is longest) of your manuscript in a single word document.

Kate Barker - Literary Agent offering Literary Agent 121s
Kate Barker

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Kate Barker has worked in publishing for over twenty years as an agent, commissioning editor and ghostwriter. Before setting up her own company, Kate Barker Literary Agency, she spent ten years at Penguin, where she was an Editorial Director for Viking, acquiring fiction and non-fiction. She has also worked for Orion, Curtis Brown and for digital publisher Bookouture.

She is looking for commercial and reading group fiction for adults and would love to find an unputdownable thriller like Rosamund Lupton’s Three Hours, a funny, heartbreaking ​contemporary novel like Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams or a romantic comedy with a unique premise like The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. She also loves historical fiction and series crime.

Kate would like you to submit a covering letter, one page synopsis and the first three chapters of your completed manuscript in a single word document.

Therese Coen - Literary Agent
Thérêse Coen

LOOKING FOR: MG, YA, ADULT FICTION

Thérêse is the Rights Director at Hardman and Swainson LLP. Born and raised in Belgium, on a diet of frites and Tintin she moved to England in her late teens with her family, then stayed in London to do a History degree and Masters at University College London. Having been brought up bilingual, translation rights seemed like her logical next step. She started off in the rights department at Bloomsbury Publishing, before hopping across the square to Ed Victor’s agency, and found experiencing both the publishing and agency side of publishing incredibly valuable.

She has been building her own list of authors alongside selling translation rights since early 2016, which she has hugely enjoyed; working with authors right from the book’s conception, while also experiencing the thrill of selling her own authors’ works in the UK and US as well as in translation to publishers across the globe.

In terms of adult fiction, she is looking for sweeping historical fiction, romantic novels with a great concept, coming-of-age stories, and crime with an original plot. She loves strong characters, atmospheric settings and distinct voices.

In children’s fiction, she wants fresh, exciting new voices. She loves funny books, fantasy, coming of age, romcoms, mystery and adventure as well as vivid, well-crafted worlds, original characters and storylines and themes of family and friendship.

Thérêse would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters or 5,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document.

Lucy Irvine - Literary Agent at Peter Fraser Dunlop providing Literary Agent 121s
Katie Fulford

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Katie Fulford has worked in publishing for many years and most recently at HarperCollins in various roles including Group Rights Director, MD of Collins non-fiction and senior roles in HarperFiction, William Collins and 4th Estate.

Now at Bell Lomax Moreton, she is a new (ish) agent and definitely on the lookout for fiction. On her wish list is a gripping thriller with a clear hook like Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton or Disclaimer by Renee Knight,  and a clever rom com like those by Sophia Money-Coutts or Laura Williams. But she also loves historical fiction, family and relationship drama (think Liane Moriarty) and epic love stories. She is not on the lookout for police procedurals or science fiction.

Her favourite recent books include The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Katie would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 – 2 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

Claire Barker - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Katie Greenstreet

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION, NON-FICTION

A corporate lawyer by training, Katie Greenstreet started her career in publishing as an assistant at ICM Partners in New York, where she supported a list of Booker, Pulitzer, and Nobel Prize-winning authors. She then moved to London and joined C&W, where she began building her own list and discovered her passion for amplifying undiscovered voices and for getting stuck into projects editorially.

Katie is currently looking for commercial and upmarket/book club fiction, with a select number of memoirs and non-fiction projects also in the mix. She loves psychological suspense, locked room mysteries and cosy crime. She is also keen to sign more literary suspense, sweeping, weepy love stories, fresh takes on romance, romantic comedy and historical fiction that brings a previously unheard perspective to the table. On the non-fiction side, she is on the hunt for memoirs that pull back the curtain on a different world. Katie is not the right agent for YA, children’s, or SFF submissions.

Katie would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 – 2 page synopsis and either the first 10,000 words or three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

Penny Holroyde - Literary Agent providing Literary Agent 121s
Penny Holroyde

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA

Penny Holroyde has been working in children’s publishing for over 25 years starting her career working in foreign rights at Walker Books in London, followed by six years as Rights Director for Candlewick Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She became an agent in 2005 and spent ten years working with Caroline Sheldon at her eponymous agency before leaving to found Holroyde Cartey Limited in 2015 along with Claire Cartey, formerly Art Director at Hachette Children’s Books. Between them we have a wealth of experience in the children’s publishing market.

Penny is looking for all sorts of children’s books from baby through to young adult and has a particular soft spot for picture books. That said, in Winchester, she will be particularly looking out for early middle-grade funny manuscripts, juicy historical for the YA market and would love a blockbuster animal standalone, but the truth is, she will know what she is looking for when she finds it!

Penny would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document. For picture books, please submit a covering letter and 2 completed texts in a single word document.

Lucy Irvine - Literary Agent at Peter Fraser Dunlop providing Literary Agent 121s
Lucy Irvine

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA, ADULT FICTION

Lucy Irvine is an Associate Agent at Peter Fraser Dunlop working primarily on their children’s list. After graduating from University College London with an MA in Issues in Modern Culture in 2017, she interned at Agora Books, PFD’s publishing arm, before becoming assistant to CEO Caroline Michel. She began building her own list in the summer of 2019. Alongside building her own list of clients, Lucy sells foreign rights in children’s and YA titles in Eastern Europe and Russia, and handles audio narration rights for the agency.

Lucy is looking particularly for commercial Middle Grade and YA and is drawn to narratives driven by world building; quick-paced, addictive, and adventurous, with returnable series potential. She loves stories set in worlds that pull you in and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. She is also looking for picture books and would love to see both funny stories and stories that pack an emotional punch. She is always looking for LGBTQIA+ stories, and would love to see stories with diverse protagonists and casts of characters that are rooted in joy and celebration rather than trauma – although these are very welcome too. She’s particularly keen on fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction, and in these genres will read submissions aimed at adults as well as children’s and YA.

Lucy would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 – 2 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document. For Picture Books please submit a covering letter and texts for two completed stories.

Molly Jamieson - Literary Agent offering Literary Agent 121s
Molly Jamieson

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA, ADULT FICTION

Molly Jamieson has been working at United Agents LLP for just over four years, working across adult and children’s books, and before that she worked at Curtis Brown. She has recently started building her own client list which already includes million-copy selling authors and bestsellers.

Molly has a particular interest in sci-fi and fantasy, both for children’s books and on the adult side, but more specifically anything on the more commercial end of things – big stories, high stakes, twists and turns. In children’s books she will happily take a look at any age group from picture books right up to YA and any genre (she loves anything whimsical, funny, adventurous), and on the adult side she is keen to see historical, reading group, and commercial fiction. She is not the right agent for literary fiction, or military/espionage thrillers.

Molly would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters or 10,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document. For picture books, please submit a covering letter and 2 picture books in a single document.

Angharad Kowal Stannus - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Angharad Kowal Stannus

LOOKING FOR: MG, YA, ADULT FICTION

Founded by Angharad Kowal Stannus in 2017, KSA is a UK-based full-service Literary and Illustration Agency dedicated to serving the needs of its clients across books, licensing and entertainment. Representing Authors and Illustrators of Fiction and Nonfiction for the Adult and Children’s markets, its focus is on maximizing its Clients’ sales potential across multiple income streams and working together to support creative, inventive and dynamic work. As an American based in the UK, Angharad prides herself on having in-depth knowledge of the British, American and International markets as well as a background not only in Agenting, but in Publishing and Licensing too.

Angharad spent the first ten years of her career at Simon & Schuster in NY as Rights Director, selling International, Film &Television, and Merchandise Rights. In 2008, she set up and headed the London office of a major NYC Literary Agency, working across a wide range of Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Children’s titles.

Angharad’s current wish list includes: Adult Book Club Fiction, quality crossover – along the lines of THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE or WHERE THE CRAWDAD’S SING, Young Adult Fiction and novels or Illustrated fiction Age 7+

Angharad would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

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Gill McLay

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, TEEN, YA

Agent, Gill McLay graduated with a Publishing & Marketing BA Hons degree from Oxford Brookes University in 1996 and has worked in the world of children’s publishing ever since. Offering over two decades of industry experience from a sales, marketing and commercial side she is able to offer a truly supportive service that compliments the roles of author and illustrators.

Gill has worked with small independent publisher, Barefoot Books, to large global publisher, Egmont. She understands the industry. From product development to co-ordinating marketing campaigns with UK retailers, Gill’s experience offers an understanding of all the different roles and sectors within the world of children’s books that together take author’s stories from idea to reader.

Gill would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document. For picture books please submit a covering letter and 2 completed texts.

Kate Nash - Literary Agent offering Literary Agent 121s
Kate Nash

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

As a former author, publisher, publicist and marketer, Kate Nash has seen every side of publishing and set up the Kate Nash Literary Agency so she could do “the best job in publishing”. She was listed in the Top Twenty in UK Fiction by Publishers Marketplace (2017), named a 2018 Bookseller Rising Star and was awarded Agent of the Year by the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2019. Her reading tastes – from crime fiction to rom coms – are highly commercial and reflected in her wishlist. Kate is looking for crime, thrillers and romantic fiction.

Kate would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

Imogen Pelham - Literary Agent
Imogen Pelham

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION, NON-FICTION

Imogen Pelham has been at Marjacq since 2015, and has worked as a literary agent for more than a decade. She represents literary fiction and some upmarket commercial fiction, as well as a wide range of non-fiction. Imogen’s looking for fiction with a strong premise, a surprise twist, or sharp humour. Recent favourites include LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Rumaan Alam, EARLY MORNING RISER by Katherine Heiny, and SORROW & BLISS Meg Mason. Her non-fiction list includes history, memoir, medicine and psychology. She is particularly interested in identity, the arts and investigative journalism.

Imogen would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 – 2 page synopsis and the first 10,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document.

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Chloe Seager

LOOKING FOR: MG, YA

Chloe Seager is a Children’s & YA agent at Madeleine Milburn. She joined the MM Agency in 2019 from Northbank Talent where she spent four years building a children’s and YA list from scratch, selling rights in the UK, US and internationally. She began her career at Titan Books.

Chloe represents a range of award-winning and best-selling children’s authors including Anna Fargher, Benjamin Dean, Kathryn Foxfield, Katie Kirby, Helen Rutter, Danielle Jawando, Maisie Chan, Sarah Hagger-Holt, Lex Croucher, Jen Carney and Ben Oliver.

A former guest on our live webinar show, Chloe has written two novels to date: Editing Emma and The Friendship Fails of Emma Nash. In her agent role she welcomes MG and YA fiction across genres including, adventure, contemporary, fantasy, romance, sci-fi and stories from underrepresented voices. She is not interested in receiving picture books.

You can find her on Twitter @ChloeSeager.

Chloe would like you to submit a covering letter, a 1 page synopsis and the first 3 chapters of your completed manuscript in a single word document.

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Lydia Silver

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA, YA NON-FICTION

After a childhood buried in library books and Beanos, Lydia Silver started her career in the editorial team at Egmont, where she commissioned books such as the Carnegie Medal-winning The Poet X. She joined the Darley Anderson team in 2018, and is building an engaging and diverse list of authors and illustrators. With experience on both sides of the commissioning desk, Lydia loves working editorially with her clients and developing ideas from an initial spark into a full manuscript.

She represents clients across all child age groups, including picture book, chapter book, middle grade and YA, and has a particular focus on non-fiction. Lydia is looking for snort-inducing stories for younger readers, clever and contemporary teenage and YA fiction, and non-fiction projects that take big ideas and make them easily navigable, accessible and fun. No matter the story, Lydia is drawn to voice above anything else and will always be sucked in by a strong hook.

Lydia represents clients including Soofiya, Gina Blaxill, Mark Bradley, Ryan Hammond, Alice Harman, Joyce Efia Harmer, Catherine Jacob, Hannah Moffatt, Rachel Morrisroe, Nick Sheridan, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Eva Wong Nava. If you could sum up her tastes in three words, they would be curious, characterful and heartfelt, and in three books, they would be One of Us is Lying, Nevermoor and You Are Awesome.

Lydia would like you to submit a covering letter, a 1 page synopsis and the first 3 chapters or 20 pages of your completed manuscript in a single word document. For Picture Books please submit a covering letter and texts for two completed stories.

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Hannah Todd

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Whilst studying a joint honours publishing and English language degree at Oxford Brookes University, Hannah started her career at an editorial company. Working to introduce authors, agents and editors, Hannah quickly discovered that it’s the people of publishing that make it such an interesting industry. Having graduated with First Class honours, she secured her first in-house publishing job at Bookouture and then went on to work at Canelo, Avon, One More Chapter and Head of Zeus, cultivating a specialism in digital publishing.

Hannah joined the Madeleine Milburn Agency in 2021. Outside of work and reading, she is learning to roller-skate and embroider but not at the same time.

Hannah would like to see: Commercial fiction across all genres including women’s fiction; police procedurals; clever thrillers; cosy crime; romantic comedies; accessible historical fiction focusing on WW2 and including dual timeline novels; sagas; emotional issues-led fiction. If you can make her laugh, cry or fall in love then you’re onto a winner!

Hannah would like you to submit a covering letter, a 1 page synopsis and the first 3 chapters of your completed manuscript in a single word document. 

Clare Wallace - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
Clare Wallace

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA

Clare Wallace joined the Darley Anderson Agency in January 2011 and is building both the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency and the Darley Anderson Illustration Agency lists. As chief talent-spotter, Clare loves to discover memorable new characters, bold and unique voices, strong concepts and gripping storytelling. She represents picture books, middle-grade, teenage and YA. Clare is particularly looking for funny chapter books for younger readers at the moment, as well as contemporary MG, YA fantasy, romance, and rom coms, especially with underrepresented protagonists. Whatever the age range, Clare loves a big hook, a lot of heart, and a standout voice. For picture books she has the widest taste, from daft to lyrical, rhyming to prose. If your submission doesn’t fit a description here, it doesn’t mean Clare doesn’t want to receive it. She often doesn’t know what she’s looking for until she finds it (although she is not the person for steampunk or space opera). Her list gives a good indication of her taste.

The clients Clare represents include Perdita & Honor Cargill, Caroline Crowe, Tom Ellen, Martyn Ford, Stewart Foster, Olivia Hope, A M Howell, Polly Ho-Yen, Rachel Ip, Beth Reekles, J.P. Rose, Lindsay Galvin, Dave Rudden, Deirdre Sullivan and Efua Traoré.

Clare would like you to send a covering letter, a one page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript. For picture books, please submit a covering letter and up to three completed texts.