A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
Bea left journalism to study for a Creative Writing PhD at Newcastle University. The children’s novel written as part of that, The Serpent House, was published by Curious Fox in June 2014. It is a historical time-fantasy inspired by the medieval leper hospital once sited in the village where Bea now lives. Before being commissioned by Curious Fox, it was shortlisted for a Times/Chicken House Award.
The Serpent House was Bea’s first novel for children, although she has two adult crime/suspense novels published by Legend Press.
In 2014, Bea worked with Fiction Express on an interactive e-book where school pupils read a chapter each week and chose what should happen next. Bea then wrote the next chapter in time for the following Friday! The paperback version of the book, My Cousin Faustina, is now published by ReadZone Books. Her YA novel, The Misper, will be published in 2017 by Accent Press.
She is programme leader in creative writing for the Open College of the Arts and lecturer in journalism at Leeds Beckett University.
Hexer Hall servant girl Annie discovers she can travel back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital, run by a sinister doctor. Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she steals the doctor’s book of cures. Summoning all her courage, Annie travels back in time again… (more)
“A chilling time-slip story with a strong sense of the past and full of magic and mystery.” –Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids
Golden boy Jez can do no wrong: he aces school, captains the footie team and has a loyal best mate. That’s until a mysterious girl turns up in his kitchen. Faustina claims to be a distant cousin and charms everyone from his parents to his teachers to his friends. But only Jez can see her for what she really is. Can he stop her plans? Suitable for reluctant readers aged 8 – 10.
THE MISPER by Bea Davenport
Anna’s found the perfect friend in Zoe: she’s cool, she’s smart, she’s goth, she’s gorgeous. If only geeky Kerry would stop hanging around and cramping their style. They’d like to get rid of her. But they should be careful what they wish for…
Zoe and Anna resort to experiments in magic to try to bring control into their lives. But as Zoe’s emotional state becomes more and more fragile, Kerry bears the brunt of her anger. When Kerry disappears, everyone’s lives change. The Misper is the story of obsessive adolescent friendships, jealousies, bullying – and the consequences of your actions.