SCBWI Annual Winchester Event
Industry professionals and published authors were clearly set apart to give the unpublished authors and illustrators in the room the best chance of pitching their ideas. Correspondingly the wine flowed and new ideas mingled. On top of the chat, a Mass Book Launch celebrated the 2012 publications of members’ books.
Overall I congratulate SCBWI for a fantastically well-structured event packed with aspirational speakers (Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman) and, most of all, fun. My personal highlight was meeting Catherine Rayner, who won the Greenaway Medal in 2009, and her 2012 book, Iris and Isaac, won the UKLA Children’s Book Award. The event was filled with inspiring authors and illustrators and next year I would love to see more illustrators represented!