Ursula Jones signs to Inside Pocket for five figure sum

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Ursula Jones signs to Inside Pocket for five figure sum

Independent children's publisher Inside Pocket announced today that they have signed a four book deal with award winning children's author, Ursula Jones - best known for her Witch's Children picture book texts (illustrated by Russell Ayto) - for a five figure advance. Three of the books make up a trilogy set in a strange world of slave cities, power struggles and betrayal, and the fourth is a stand alone novel about a children's acting troupe in the 1930s.

Inside Pocket's Creative Director, Christoph Kenshole, said: "Ursula brings a wonderful exuberance to her writing, drawing on her theatrical background and we are thrilled to be working with her."

Ursula Jones has had a long and highly successful career writing for children. Early on she wrote seventeen plays for children, six of which were subsequently produced in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Holland and Germany. During a year spent as Dramaturge for the London based Unicorn Theatre For Children, she wrote three Street Shows, which formed part of a Royal National Theatre street programme. One play, Monkey Puzzle, was then commissioned as the British contribution to a European Festival of Theatre for Young People

She helped create, and was one of the players in, a show for three actors who set out on a self-funded tour of Europe and parts of Asia for the benefit of children in the care of UNESCO and the Save The Children Fund. It was then filmed for BBC Children's TV. She has also scripted twenty-six episodes of Green Claws, a BBC TV series for young children.

Her picture books include:

The Witch's Children (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway prize)

The Witch's Children And The Queen (winner of a 2003 gold Smartie Award)

The Witch's Children Go To School (winner of the 2008 inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize)

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