Our AGM took place on the 29th January 2020 in the Council Chamber at Lewes Town Hall. (BN7 2QS)
We started the evening with a fantastic talk on the importance of inclusivity in children's books. Daniel Hahn chaired the conversation with Candy Gourlay, Jonny Pryn (One Third Stories) and Rob Green (editor of CILIP's Pen & Inc journal).
You can read more about the talk on this blog post:
Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM, which took place on the 30th January at the John Harvey Tavern. We had the chance to talk about our preparations for conference, which we are hosting this year. And then we all got busy with some very enjoyable paper crafting activities. Thanks to Jenny Maidment for leading us through it.
For our AGM this year, we asked members to bring a children’s book published in the last 50 years and tell us a bit about why it had meaning for them. There was hot debate about our choices compared to those in the Federation’s ‘Fifty Favourite Books’ booklist. Here is a list of what was chosen and why:
Our AGM talk Going it Alone featured award-winning author Nicky Singer discussing the fascinating process of self-publishing her book Island, in a talk chaired by author Nikki Sheehan.
LCBG's well-attended AGM talk Reaching out to readers: who gets what from social media was held on 27th January 2016. Local authors, young people and members came to hear Rob Lloyd-Jones, Jenny McLachlan, Jim Dean and Jon Walter discuss how they use social media to reach their readers and promote their books. A panel of teenagers were on hand to give their points of view.
Our AGM talk From Inspiration to Publication featured children's writers Dawn Casey, Leigh Hodgkinson, Julia Lee and Jon Walter discussing their work and how they first came to be published with author Miriam Moss.
Reading the Future Tom Bonnick, of independent publisher Nosy Crow, gave a talk on the development of reading apps for iPads.
Come and meet Miriam Moss
Miriam Moss gave an insight into the creative process of writing a picture book and answered questions about it. Miriam is a member of LCBG and an award-winning author of over 75 books, including 30 picture books, poetry and short stories.
What's the Story? Issues around diversity & children's publishing in the UK A talk by Laura Atkins, senior lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, based on her experience in publishing and research into diversity in publishing in the UK.
From editor to author - confessions of a series writer with Lucy Courtenay, author of Animal Antics, Scarlet Silver and Naughty Fairies and contributor to many well-known series. Lucy talked about her move from being an editor to writing books in high-profile children's series and the highs and lows along the way.