I travelled up to Manchester on the opening day of the Manchester Children's Book Festival to see the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) panel event and it was well worth the trip.
Below is a round up of a few quotes from my notes. The panel event will be written up in more detail by SCBWI member Jo Dearden to appear on the Words and Pictures blog very soon.
|Writer Marie Basting and Julia Churchill of AM Heath Literary Agency|
Julia Churchill said she places no value judgement on books “any book is a good thing” and there should be “a book for every child”. On how she selects books herself she said she looks to be transported - whether it is a story for adults or for kids.
|Illustrator/writer Kate Pankhurst and writer Jon Mayhew|
Jon Mayhew is often asked “have you thought of writing a book for adults” he said he has ideas for books for adults but they don’t call out to him as much as his story ideas for children. He said we should “never underestimate children as an audience”.
As mentioned before this is just a brief taste of what was said at the event, there is more to come on SCBWI's Words and Pictures blog.
Other highlights of my visit to Manchester Children's Book Festival...
|Some of Sarah McIntyre's Sea Monkeys (from her book with Philip Reeve, Oliver and the Seawigs) |
up for adoption at MCBF to raise money for the Readwell Charity. My daughter named the one I brought home
for her "Tallulah" and it seems to have developed a taste for plastic fried eggs.
|Beautiful Mancunian red brick architecture photographed on the way back to the train station.|