A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.

Avast there, ye swabs

As has often been stated, the whole point about the bad guy is that he thinks he’s the good guy.

March 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Dog Doesn’t Trust Him So He Must Be Bad by Sheena Wilkinson

  It was OK for Enid Blyton. She did a good line in out-and-out baddies, of course, and also in Bad Girls who could Make Good – Daphne and – … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Change the ending – what would you do differently by Honor Cargill

Ok… *deep breath*… Mansfield Park.   I know, I know, I’m sorry Queen Austen but I hate the ending of this book with all the passion that is lacking in … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Change the ending – what would you do differently? Bethany Straker

When a Twist isn’t a Twist Lie With Me, by Sabine Durrant (warning: spoiler alert!) Since having my identical twin girls, I’ve returned to those nocturnal feeding schedules and fuzzy-brained … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Change the ending – what would you do differently? by Martin Griffin

The last time John Buchan’s The 39 Steps graced our screens, it was in a 2008 BBC adaptation. The writer of the screenplay, Lizzie Mickery, seemed keen to return to … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eve Ainsworth — book birthday interview: DAMAGE

I’ve followed Eve Ainworth’s career with respect and enjoyment since the publication of her debut Seven Days. Eve writes frankly and sensitively for a young teen audience, and when the … Continue reading

March 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Places I Write by Candy Harper

When I dreamt of becoming a writer, I imagined myself in a garret looking out over rooftops, clacking away at an old fashioned typewriter. Then, in vintage Disney style, bluebirds … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

My favourite, and least favourite, places to write by Sarah Baker

  I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…     Not really. My feet fit, but my draining board appears to be a bit smaller than Cassandra’s,’ and despite … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lauren James chooses who to cast to play the characters in The Last Beginning

I am a huge fan of casting my characters – I’ve done it for The Next Together several times over the last six years, starting when the story was just … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment


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