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. The Misper was published by The Conrad Press in 2018.
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.
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.
‘I knew this girl, you see. A sort of a friend. No one thought she really mattered much, but that turned out to be a mistake. Because she blew a hole through my life – and the lives of everyone I knew.’ 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…