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Conference Speakers Announced

Celia Rees and Debi Gliori will deliver keynotes at the SCBWI British Isles' Children's Book Conference

The British Isles Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, a professional organization of writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people has announced a star-studded line-up for their annual conference to be held on November 24th and 25th 2012 at the University of Winchester. Admission is £198 for SCBWI members and £228 for non-members. More information and a registration form can be found at their website:

With specialist industry panels, one-to-one manuscript and portfolio reviews, intensive workshops and an exclusive Saturday night party, the conference offers both published and unpublished authors a chance to develop their craft, raise their profile and market their work. The conference is also an opportunity to meet industry professionals and network with both aspiring and established writers and illustrators,

• Author keynote by leading novelist Celia Rees, author of over twenty books for young adults, including the award-winning Witch Child and the celebrated Pirates! Her work has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards.
• Illustrator keynote by Debi Gliori, author and illustrator of the best-selling No Matter What, a picture book that has sold in excess of 600,000 copies worldwide to date. She has won the Red House Children's Book Award and has been shortlisted twice for the Greenaway Medal as well as many other awards.
• The faculty also includes: authors and illustrators Justin Stomper, Viv Schwarz, Graham Marks, Beverley Birch, Mo O'Hara, Steve Hartley, Nancy Miles, Julia Bell and Sara Grant; and industry professionals Cally Poklak, Eric Huang, Lizzie Spratt, Ben Norland, Mara Bergman, Sarah Frost, Janette Otter-Barry, Kate Wilson, Sarah Odedina, Val Braithwaite, Meslissa Cox and Viv Tyler

Other sessions include:
• Panels on Transmedia and Storytelling, Graphic Novels, the State of the Nation and an Industry panel of editors and art directors.
• New this year, Sunday intensives allow delegates to choose an in-depth look into creating a brand for school visits, building characters that step off the page, creating polished plots, infusing artwork with emotion or creating breakout picture books. With a special intensive for those new to the art of getting published.

There is an optional critique meet on the evening of Friday 23rd, an open portfolio exhibition on Saturday 24th and various other competitions for authors and illustrators. Delegates and invited industry guests will be celebrating our members' 2012 publishing successes at our exclusive party and Mass Book Launch on Saturday night!

For more information about the conference programme visit: or Booking deadline is 9th November 2012.

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