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

Writing a Good (Bad) Villain

  Who intrigues you more: the hero of a story, or the villain? It probably varies, depending on which story, but I bet if I asked you to name your … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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


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