Blog from SCBWI British Isles Conference

NCRCL lecturer Laura Atkins spent this past weekend attending the British Isles SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) annual conference – hearing talks from Frank Cottrell Boyce, Anthony McGowan, Chris Riddell, and others. She has posted notes from the conference on her blog – so far Frank Cottrell Boyce’s keynote lecture, Anthony McGowan on Controversy in YA Fiction, and Anthony McGowan on plotting. There’s more to come, including notes on books that sell, and a panel talking about the state of the nation (in terms of publishing and selling children’s books).


About Laura Atkins

I am a children's book author and editor who has worked in the children's book field for over twenty years. My published books include picture book SLED DOG DACHSHUND (illustrated by An Phan), and the middle grade biography FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP (co-written with Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette). This is the first in the Fighting for Justice series - the next book about Biddy Mason to be co-written with Arisa White will come out in February 2019. I spent seven years in editorial departments in the United States where I helped to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. I continued to work as a freelance editor and as a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. Now based in Berkeley, California, I work with clients all over the world. I have an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My website is

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