UV 2018 Finalists

The Undiscovered Voices 2018 Anthology features the talent of eleven writers and twelve illustrators whose work impressed our judges to be selected as up-and-coming voices in the world of books for teens and children.

 

What will you discover?

11 unagented and unpublished writers.
12 unagented and unpublished illustrators.
32 previous finalists published, responsible for over 120 books worldwide.
With your help these voices won’t stay undiscovered for long.

 

Laure Allain – Riverside Picnic

Illustrating Brief 1, a scene from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows).

Laure Allain Laure Allain is a Brussels-based illustrator and author. She has studied Dutch and English literature and linguistics and – more recently – graphic storytelling. In the past, she has worked as a researcher, editor and teacher. When she is not working, she is busy chasing after her toddler and her parakeet.

 

 

Monika Baum – Nessie

Illustrating Brief 2, a scene from a well-known myth from anywhere in the world.

Monika Baum Monika is an illustrator living and working in Switzerland. Coming from a background in linguistics and corporate accounting, she is passionate about visual storytelling. She works in watercolours and digital media, and is interested in fantasy and adventure, as well as more traditional illustration subjects.

 

James Crosland-Mills – How He Got His Big Foot

Illustrating Brief 2, a scene from a well-known myth from anywhere in the world.

James Crosland-Mills James currently works as a natural history video editor, and has always wanted to pursue a career in illustration. He builds his portfolio in his free time, focusing on the natural world and science communication inspired by his degree in Zoology, and a strong affinity with animals and education.

 

 

Peta Freestone – Shadowscent

Peta Freestone - Picture credit ROB MCDOUGALL Peta Freestone is a Clarion Writers’ Workshop (UCSD) graduate with YA short stories published in anthologies from Penguin Books. An Edinburgh resident, in 2016 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. For fun, she reads, travels and collects university degrees, including the archaeology major that infiltrated Shadowscent.

 

David Hall – Aisha And The Omegas

David Hall David lives in the Midlands. Specifically, without being smart enough to buy a bookcase, beneath a wall of books so large Jon Snow keeps trying to defend it. When he’s not reading or writing, he enjoys football, poker and running. Mostly away from writing synopses but sometimes just for fun.

 

 

Dale Hannah – The Curse Of The Weird Wolf

Dale Hannah Dale Hannah has a passion for writing funny middle grade fiction; he is especially fond of puns. Dale has previously won a Northern Writers’ Award and the Commonword Diversity Prize, along with longlistings for both the Times Chicken House Prize and the Bath Children’s Novel Award. He’s partial to Maltesers.

 

 

 

Katie Hayoz – Kelsie Carter And The Evil Chihuahua Army

Katie Hayoz Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but ended up in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She devours YA and children’s books like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

 

 

Sandy Horsley – Badger’s Study

Illustrating Brief 1, a scene from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Sandy Horsley Sandy is a printmaker and illustrator who likes to combine traditional printmaking with digital techniques. Having recently graduated from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Sandy is currently developing several picture book ideas. She lives in Suffolk and likes nothing better than inky fingernails.

 

 

Emily Jones – Toad Car Washerwoman

Illustrating Brief 1, a scene from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Emily Jones When Emily isn’t working as a design technician, she’s in her studio painting and drawing comics. Emily has a degree in illustration for children’s publishing and is determined to put it to good use. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Stratford Literary Festival/Salariya Children’s Book Competition, so she’s getting close.

 

 

 

Kathryn Kettle – The Boy I Am

Kathryn Kettle By day Kathryn is a global business person and general nerd wrangler; by night she writes novels, short stories and flash fiction. She has been longlisted as part of the 2017 Bath Flash Fiction Award. She is also a member of the Golden Egg Academy.

Agent: Alice Sutherland-Hawes, Madeline Milburn Literary Agency.

 

 

Rachel Lovatt – A Babbling Procession Of The Best Stories In The World

Illustrating Brief 1, a scene from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Rachel Lovatt Rachel Lovatt is an illustrator based in the Peak District. Since completing her MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, she has exhibited widely. Storytelling is at the heart of Rachel’s practice, and she employs hand painting, drawing and collage techniques to create her work.

 

 

Emma Mason – The Knight Shift

Emma Mason Emma Mason is a former Detective Constable with Oxford CID but left after several unsuccessful years of trying to find Inspector Morse’s office. She moved to Dorset to enjoy a more peaceful life where she was promptly burgled and hospitalised by a drink-driver.

Agent: Joanna Moult, Skylark Literary

 

Sarah Merrett – The Darlington Miracles

Sarah Merrett Sarah has been writing children’s books all her adult life. She’s worked in various children’s libraries and bookshops and has three degrees, including an MA in Writing for Children. She now writes stories while her two children are at school, taking time out for walks, puzzles, films and reading.

Agent: Clare Wallace, Darley Anderson Children’s Literary Agency

 

 

Hannah Mosley – Pookah And The Human Child

Illustrating Brief 2, a scene from a well-known myth from anywhere in the world.

Hannah Mosley Hannah Mosley tells stories on paper and screen for small folk, and on skin for big folk. When not illustrating, writing or tattooing, she can be found up a trapeze, adventuring on bikes, or being a real-life wicked stepmother. She lives in Manchester, England.

 

 

 

Matthew Olson-Roy – The Spy Who Grounded Me

Matthew Olson-Roy Matthew Olson-Roy is a graduate student in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. His fiction debut, the Pushcart-nominated short story ‘Our Monstrous Family‘, appeared in The 3288 Review. He lives in Luxembourg with his husband and their two children.

 

 

 

Serena Patel – Saffron Sapphire And The Big Fat Indian Wedding Of The Year

Serena Patel Serena Patel is a mum of two little munchkins. She writes in between school runs and a part-time day job for a law firm. She is working on her stories with the Golden Egg Academy and dreams of publication or unlimited supplies of chocolate, whichever comes first.

Agent: Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency

 

 

Nicola Penfold – Return To The Wild

Nicola Penfold Nicola lives in north London with her four children, husband and two Siamese cats. She loves adventures with her children, out in green spaces, and loves bedtime too, because of the amazing worlds you find in children’s books. She’s always wanted to be a writer.

 

 

Janet Catherine Gibson Pickering – Pandora Finds Hope

Illustrating Brief 2, a scene from a well-known myth from anywhere in the world.

Janet Catherine Gibson Pickering Janet’s favourite aspects of teaching were introducing children to the wonders of art and storybooks; now she’s retired, she is busy putting her own ideas on paper. Turtles, dolphins, spooky creatures and naughty children all bounce around, having a party in her imagination!

 

 

Kate Read – Under The Yellow Moon

Illustrating Brief 1, a scene from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Kate Read Kate Read is an aspiring children’s book illustrator living in Norfolk, UK. She loves stories, drawing and snipping paper, exploring colours, textures and shapes in the process. She lets the project dictate the direction of media, including collage and print-making.

 

 

Deborah Sheehy – Everything Was Very Still Now – Mole In The Wild Wood

Illustrating Brief 1, a scene from Kenneth Grahame’s classic, The Wind in the Willows.

Deborah Sheehy Born in Glasgow, Deborah has lived in lands near and far, including the Philippines, India and Wales, before moving to the Scottish Isle of Bute, where she became a full-time artist in 2015. Her artwork is inspired by a love of stories and animals of all furs and feathers.

 

 

 

Jacob Turner – Drawing Excalibur

Illustrating Brief 2, a scene from a well-known myth from anywhere in the world.

Jacob Turner Jacob seems destined to travel through life with the purpose of covering any available paper with drawings. To fund this expedition he has worked in stage design, storyboarding, sandwich-making, web design and teaching. His last decade has been spent in librarianship, where he spends his days surrounded by children’s books.

 

 

 

Sally Walker – Pandora’s Box

Illustrating Brief 2, a scene from a well-known myth from anywhere in the world.

Sally Walker Sally has a love of experimenting in the print room and combining with digital techniques to create her artwork. She loves creating shapes and textures and lets that lead her work. She’s a recent MA Children’s Book Illustration graduate from CSA and silver winner of the 2016 Golden Pinwheels Award.

 

 

Annie Walmsley – Jedediah Dreaming Ransome

Annie Walmsley Annie Walmsley has taught a variety of subjects including English, drama and EFL. She has always been an avid reader and writer and now spends as much time as she can writing. She resides in deepest, darkest Cornwall and has recently been published in the Guardian.

 

 

 

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