There will be 15 publishers’ stands at this year’s annual conference in Reading. Several stands will be representing a range of publishers (Bounce, Hachette and Kid Gloves). This means that delegates attending on Friday and Saturday can be certain of getting a really good impression of current publishing for children and young adults. At least 10 of the publishers represented have titles that have been longlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Awards this year.
In the case of Andersen Press, for example, Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmidt and The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner have both been long listed for the Carnegie Award. In 2016 Andersen Press celebrated its 40th anniversary with the launch of Elmer Day and the Klauss Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. We are looking forward to hearing well-travelled debut author D J Brazier talk about his exciting new adventure story on Saturday 8th April.
Oxford University Press also has two titles on the Carnegie long list: Railhead by Philip Reeve and Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo. Another long-established publisher, OUP celebrated Winnie the Witch’s 25th anniversary in 2012, and will be publishing a new Demon Headmaster title later this year, 35 years after the publication of the first book in the series! OUP author Cas Lester will be talking on Sunday 9th April. Former children’s programme developer and executive producer for the BBC, Cas now writes books for young readers including the Nixie the Bad Fairy and Harvey Drew series.
Please note that booking for the Write Around the World conference closes on Friday 10th March.