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Announcing our programme for the Nosy Crow conference

Posted by Tom on Aug 29, 2014

The Nosy Crow conference is just two weeks away, and today we’re very pleased to be able to unveil our full programme for the day!

We’ve got a fantastic day’s worth of speakers lined up to talk about every part of the publishing process – agents, editors, journalists, booksellers, social media experts, and – of course – authors.

Here’s a look at the day’s schedule (click to enlarge):

The conference is taking place on Saturday, September 13 at the St Bride Foundation in London. And there are just a few tickets remaining (last year’s event was a complete sell out) – if you’d like to attend, get yours today!

Illustrators for War Child

Posted by Tom on Aug 28, 2014

We’re very pleased to announce Illustrators for War Child.

A couple of weeks ago, Leigh Hodgkinson, creator of Goldilocks and Just the One Bear and Troll Swap, mentioned to us that she wanted to find a way to raise money and awareness for the many humanitarian crises taking place in the world today – and particularly, that she wanted to help the vulnerable children affected by these crises. Leigh decided that a charity auction was the best way of going about it, and asked her friends and colleagues in the illustration community to donate pieces if they could. We said that we’d be very happy to host the auctions themselves through eBay, and do whatever we could to help Leigh.

And that’s what brings us to today, and the launch of Illustrators for War Child.

War Child is a London-based charity that provides life-changing support to the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war. Working in Congo, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Syria and Gaza, War Child’s vital work includes creating safe spaces where children can escape from battlefields or dangers of life on the streets, getting children into school or informal educaton after conflict or poverty has cost them the chance of an education, helping young people and their families learn the vocational skills they can earn a sustainable income from, and helping children get their voices heard and their rights met, and helping local people to protect their children better.

And to raise money for War Child, Leigh has organised this FANTASTIC auction, featuring over 80 different lots on offer, from over 50 different illustrators, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to War Child. Here’s just SOME of what you can bid for to support this great cause:

A signed giclée print by Paper Dolls illustrator Rebecca Cobb – bid now.

One of two signed, dated live-drawings by Axel Scheffler (this one of the Gruffalo with Pip and Posy) – bid now.

A signed, limited edition giclée print by Time for Bed, Fred! illustrator Yasmeen Ismail – bid now.

An original piece of signed artwork, and signed book, by Penguin in Peril illustrator Helen Hancocks – bid now.

A signed A3 print, by Oi Frog! illustrator Jim Field – bid now.

A set of original pen and ink drawings, and signed book, by Nuts in Space illustrator Elys Dolan – bid now.

One of two stunning pieces of signed, original artwork by illustrator David Roberts – bid now.

A pair of signed, original pieces of artwork by I Am An Artist illustrator Marta Altés – bid now.

An amazing piece of original mixed-media artwork (made using ink, paint, crayon, bank envelope paper, and sweet foil wrappers) from Leigh Hodgkinson herself – bid now.

And there’s so much more!

You can see the full list of pieces available here – please do bid for something.

You can read more at the Illustrators for War Child website here. Thank you to all of the illustrators who’ve so generously donated their work, and congratulations to Leigh for such a monumental achievement. And please do share the auction on social media with the #illustratorsforwarchild hashtag!

Zap, tentacle-bum and Dave: a report on this year's Edinburgh Festival

Posted by Tom on Aug 27, 2014

An Edinburgh Festival report from Pamela Butchart, author of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! and The Spy Who Loved School Dinners.

Visiting the Edinburgh Book Festival to see my favourite authors, raid the amazing children’s bookshop and soak up the atmosphere has been one of the highlights of my year for the past four years. And this year was definitely the best so far. Not only was I lucky enough to see my all-time favourite author, Judith Kerr, for the second time at the festival, I was also very honoured to be asked to do my own events.

I think I might have had some of the best fun of my life during my event. We played games and laughed about horrible teachers, crisp twins and interrupting your mum on the toilet. But the BEST bit was when we all made our BABY ALIENS using plasticine and gave them all POWERS such as invisibility, laser eyes and even shape-shifting powers. And then named them awesome alien names such as Zap, tentacle-bum and Dave before making glow-the-dark spaceships for them to zoom around in. We ended with a surprising game of ‘Heads Down Thumbs Up’ where everyone turned into aliens and left with alien-eye head-boppers to prove it! (I have the best job ever!).

And when I ran out of stickers during my book signing (with one child left) a flash of creative genius from my husband resulted in the best sticker ever!

Other highlights of this year FAB EdFest included: live drawing with Axel Schefler; jam scones and laughs in the Yurt; Emer Stamp’s very funny Pig event, David Levithan’s though-provoking words, dinner with a side of Russian-mystery chat with Nosy Crow folk and Richard Herring, and Gordon Brown stealing my seat in the Yurt.

Roll on EdFest 2015!!!

Thank you, Pamela! You can take a look inside Pamela’s latest book, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, below, or order the book online here.

Have you heard about our upcoming children’s publishing conference? Tickets are available now.