Wolves & Apples
Wolves and Apples is an annual event for aspiring children’s writers. It includes practical workshops and talks from authors, agents and publishers, to help develop the skills and knowledge needed to write for children and young people.
Wolves & Apples 2015 took place on October 3rd at College Court Conference Centre, Leicester. LE2 3TQ.
The full timetable for the event including details of all the sessions is available here.
Tanya Landman grew up in Kent. She studied English Literature at university, and then worked in a bookshop running the children’s section, an arts centre and a zoo. Since 1992 she has been a writer, administrator and performer for Storybox Theatre. Tanya had no ambition to write a book until Waking Merlin popped into her head a few years ago, but now she can’t let a day go by without writing something. Tanya writes for children and young adults and won the 2015 Carnegie Medal for her book Buffalo Soldier.
Debbie Moon is a screenwriter based in Wales. She is the creator and lead writer of Wolfblood, a supernatural drama for CBBC, which has been nominated in the Best British Children’s Television category by The London Screen Writer’s Festival. “Most of my work falls somewhere in the area of crime, thriller, action, SF, or psychological horror. Mostly I write about ordinary people being tested to the limit by extraordinary situations, with a bit of humour and some nerdy in-jokes.” Debbie has published around 50 short stories, co-written a radio play with Ruth Jones, and written a novel, ‘Falling’, which was long-listed for Welsh Book Of The Year 2004.
Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire and now lives in Nottingham. He worked as an architect, before pursuing a career in children’s books. He has written over fifty children’s books and his work has been translated into over thirty different languages. As well as writing picture books and first readers, Jonathan also paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have won several awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for The Pig’s Knickers.
Polly Nolan originally worked in publishing for major London publishing houses, including Scholastic and Macmillan Children’s Books. Polly made the move into agenting to do more of what she enjoys most – find new writing talent, help to develop great fiction, and achieve publishing deals for authors both new and established. She joined the Greenhouse Literary Agency in 2013 as their UK agent.
Kirsten Armstrong studied English at Oxford University. She began her career in educational publishing and moved to Penguin Random House UK Children’s Publishers in 2011, where she works across multiple genres and age groups. Authors Kirsten has worked with include the late great Sir Terry Pratchett, Andy McNab and Jamila Gavin, and debut novelists Sarah Benwell and V. Peyton. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in children’s books, and is always on the look-out for exciting new voices.
Juliet Forster is currently Associate Director at York Theatre Royal. Before that she was Artistic Director of Custard Factory Theatre in Birmingham. She has developed work for children and young people at York, the RSC, the Belgrade in Coventry, Big Wooden Horse Theatre and Birmingham Rep. She co-produces a biennial festival of theatre for children. Juliet is also a writer with particular experience of adapting work for the stage. She regularly commissions scripts and works with playwrights. In 2012 she won a Writers Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing.
Linda Newbery. Having wanted to be an author from the age of eight, Linda Newbery has published more than forty books, with titles ranging from a picture book, Posy, to her first novel for adults, Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon. She has written several young adult novels including Set in Stone, a Victorian Gothic mystery which was awarded the Costa Children’s Book Prize in 2006, and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Catcall, for younger readers, was a Nestle Silver Medal winner, and The Sandfather was chosen as Honour Book by UK IBBY (International Board of Books for Young Readers). With Yvonne Coppard, Linda has co-written Writing Fiction for Children – a Writers’ and Artists’ Companion, published by Bloomsbury. She has tutored for the Arvon Foundation and other organisations, and has served as a judge for the Whitbread Prize and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
Rob Lloyd Jones is the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Boy for Walker Books, winner of the Royal Society Book Prize, the Leeds Book Award, the Nottinghamshire, East Sussex, and Derbyshire Book Awards, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for outstanding debut novel. He is senior editor at Usborne Publishing, where he writes the best-selling See Inside series. He’s an amateur Egyptologist, very amateur archaeologist, and a hopeless cook.