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

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Star by Star, by Sheena Wilkinson: Book Birthday Interview by Rachel Ward.

Today Sheena Wilkinson’s new book, Star by Star, is published by Little Island Books. I really enjoyed reading it and admire the way it balances wide-ranging political and social issues … Continue reading

October 26, 2017

Keep Going, Keep Writing – Thoughts on Failure by Rachel Ward

As writers, we judge success and failure by results, don’t we? Are you published? Did you get a new contract? How many books have you sold? Were you longlisted/shortlisted/the winner? … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Theme Songs for Books by Rachel Ward

I saw Ian Rankin speak at the Bristol Crimefest last weekend and he said that he can’t start writing a book without a title. The title sets the tone for … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

Pass the Tissues … Crying at Books and Films by Rachel Ward

We’re watching a film together as a family. The end credits roll up. My family look anxiously my way and yes, ‘She’s burst!’ someone declares, while another hands me a … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

A Long Way From Home – Familiar and Unfamiliar Places by Rachel Ward

One of my favourite modules at university was called ‘A Sense of Place’.  One afternoon, our tutor took us for a walk around Durham and asked us to write a … Continue reading

August 12, 2015

Barry Cunningham, MD of The Chicken House, interviewed by Rachel Ward

Barry Cunningham, MD of The Chicken House has had a frankly, jaw-dropping career in publishing. As Children’s Marketing Director for Puffin, he worked with all the great names in children’s … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

What I Would Say to my Fifteen-Year-Old Self by Rachel Ward

I stopped reading fiction for fun some time in my teens and didn’t start again until I was at university. I’m not sure why I stopped. Maybe I couldn’t find … Continue reading

February 25, 2015

The Best Thing About Being a Writer – The Inner Life by Rachel Ward

Mark Twain said, “What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to … Continue reading

September 24, 2014

Bad Language, Sex and Violence: Wielding the Red Pen of Censorship by Rachel Ward

When I wrote my first published book, Numbers, I wasn’t sure who I was writing for. I didn’t plan the book. I had a beginning and an ending and I … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

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