For the past year, the Megaphone Writer Development Scheme has supported five new writers from BAME backgrounds to write their first novel for children and young adults.. As we come towards the end of the year-long project, which was funded primarily by Arts Council England and The Publishers’ Association, I’m delighted to say that five powerful novels for children and teenagers are close to completion.
If you would like to hear more about these novels and meet their authors, a chance is coming up. Megaphone will be presenting a seminar at the London Book Fair 2017, on March 14th 2017 .
We’d love you to be there!
Here are the details: http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Sessions/35328/Megaphone-Introducing-New-Voices-of-Colour-in-Childrens-and-Teen-Literature?sId=35328
At the seminar, there will be an introductory talk about the scheme – the idea behind it and how it has run in practice. All five participants (Danielle Jawando, Nafisa Muhtadi, Joyce Efia Harmer, Avantika Taneja and Tina Freeth) will then read excerpts from their novels. This will be followed by brief panel discussion about their experience on the programme, before questions are invited from the audience. I very much hope you will be able to attend and I look forward to a lively audience discussion. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the participants. They are five incredibly talented and hardworking writers and I am excited about all five novels!
Please note that unless you have already bought a ticket, you will need to buy a visitor ticket to attend the seminar, however this pass will give you access to the rest of the fair and the seminars (excluding the specialist trade areas). I can say from personal experience that it is excellent value.
You can buy a pass here: https://www.livebuzzreg.co.uk/2017/lbf17/?_ga=1.135271091.347420794.1486668185