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

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 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a comment


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 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a comment

The Theme From My Past by Bea Davenport

If you’d asked me before I started writing for children, I’d have said my themes were no real surprise. Growing up in the 1970s, I was a product of second-wave … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Tradition of Genre Hopping by Bea Davenport

Let’s start with a question. What do J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming have in common? Answer: they all wrote successfully for children and also for adults. Once you … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments


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