Journalist and critic Julia Eccleshare right has been appointed children’s director of the Hay Festival. She will programme Hay’s Children’s Festival and the Hay YA programme, succeeding Mary Byrne.“I’m incredibly excited about becoming children’s director,” Eccleshare said. “I’ve been taking part in Hay events for 20 years and the children’s festival has always had a particular flavour about it.”
It looks like the Artemis Fowl movie, which was announced back in 2013 by Disney and The Weinstein Company, may now have a director:
Kenneth Branagh, who has helmed Thor and, more recently, Cinderella, is reportedly in talks to develop and direct the big screen adaptation of Irish author Eoin Colfer’s hugely popular book series.
Variety reports that Irish playwright Conocr McPherson is in talks to write the script rather than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screenwriter Michael Goldenberg who had initially been mooted for the gig.
Jane Harris is to join the Bonnier Publishing Fiction division as executive director for children’s fiction.
Harris will report to recently appointed Bonnier Publishing Fiction c.e.o. Mark Smith, and will be responsible for all the company’s children’s fiction output, including imprints Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press.
Harris and Smith previously worked together at Quercus, where Smith was founder and c.e.o. and Harris was executive director of sales and marketing, after a previous role in children’s publishing as sales and trade marketing director for Walker Books. Harris left Quercus last July following its acquisition by Hodder, and subsequently took up a role as interim m.d. at Inpress.
Her appointment at Bonnier in the children’s fiction role follows on from the surprise announcement late last year that Sarah Odedina, who launched Hot Key in 2012, was stepping down from the position with immediate effect.
Sophie Stericker, currently art director at Orchard Books, will next year take on the role of creative director of the newly formed Hachette Children’s Group (HCG).
Hachette UK is to merge its three children’s businesses – Hachette Children’s Books, Orion Children’s Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – into one division on the 1st January, with Egmont’s Hilary Murray Hill becoming its c.e.o.
In her new role Stericker will be responsible for the creative strategy of all aspects of HCG’s publishing and will represent art and design on the HGC board.
New Director For CBI – Children’s Books ireland
CBI, Ireland’s national organisation for children’s books is delighted to announce the appointment of Elaina O’Neill as its next Director. Elaina joins CBI from Little Island Publishers where she is currently Managing Editor. She began her career at New Island books and is a graduate of the University of Stirling and the University of Limerick.
Elaina has a keen interest in children’s books and is currently Vice-President of the committee of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Ireland as well as a member of the Dublin Book Festival organising committee and Publishing Ireland International Marketing Committee. Elaina is a Volunteer at Fighting Words centre for creative writing and an occasional reviewer for Inis Magazine.
Commenting on her appointment Oisín McGann, CBI Chairperson said
“On behalf of the board of CBI, I’d like to welcome Elaina as the company’s new director. As someone who has demonstrated energy, versatility, professionalism and a whole-hearted passion for children’s books, we believe she will prove a worthy successor to Mags and we look forward to seeing how she will lead the company into the future.’”
A highly recommended podcast:
Michael Rosen goes to Berlin to follow the trail of one of his favourite children’s books, Emil and the Detectives. He is giving the book pride of place at the Brighton Festival, which he is guest directing