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

Tag Archives: The Serpent House

A Writer’s Guide to Magic by Bea Davenport

I blame Bewitched. It was my must-see TV series when I was growing up and I still love it, even though I now watch through my fingers because of the … Continue reading

April 23, 2018

3D Mapping for our Stories by Bea Davenport

When I first saw the suggested blog post idea of using maps in fiction writing, my initial thought was that I wasn’t the one to write it. After all, I … Continue reading

June 30, 2017

Writing to Deadlines by Bea Davenport

There’s a famous joke, isn’t there, where someone claims they ‘love to watch deadlines flying past’. Now for me, that’s just not funny. It always makes me purse my lips … Continue reading

June 13, 2016

Tips for Show, Don’t Tell by Bea Davenport

What do we mean when we say ‘show, don’t tell’? Chekhov has a great quote that goes something like, ‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining – show me the … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Digging Around in the Past by Bea Davenport

I’m not saying you have to do a formal writing course to produce a good children’s novel. But every time I think about how naïve I was when I started … Continue reading

February 9, 2016

Seasonal Chills by Bea Davenport

Grey days, black nights, bone-chilling cold and wailing winds: winter weather is a gift for storytellers. And no, I’m not going too far off-piste in this blog post that is … Continue reading

December 18, 2015


Like most writers, I have a day job (or three) and one of them is teaching creative writing. I like to start any new writers’ workshops with an exercise to … Continue reading

October 19, 2015

The Stroppy Writer’s Rulebook by Bea Davenport

This post is all about my pet writing hates. So I should probably start with a disclaimer. If you as a writer find something in here that you do, or … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 6 Comments

Just the Bad and the Ugly, Please by Bea Davenport

Okay, so this is a bit of a soap box moment for me. The question was, what would I like to see more of – in young people’s publishing terms, … Continue reading

October 27, 2014

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