We’re always excited to hear the latest news from our writers and illustrators since their anthology debut! Find out what they’re up to now and check out some of the amazing 200+ titles published since the first Undiscovered Voices!
This list is alphabetical covering all finalists with surnames N to Z. The year of the anthology and the finalist’s category is included with each entry.
- For finalists A to F, click here.
- For finalists G to M, click here.
- Check out many of the featured extracts and illustrations by downloading free copies of the the UV 2012 anthology, the UV 2014 anthology, and the UV 2016 anthology.
Heather Newton (Writer – UV 2016)
As an Innovation Consultant, new ideas are Heather’s bread and butter, but her real passion is telling stories that make people smile. A member of Lou Kuenzler’s Writing for Children Workshop at City Lit, Heather’s writing has been reviewed as “witty and inventive” (British Theatre Guide) and “hilariously funny” (Broadwaybaby). Her entry in the UV2016 anthology was called Spyders: Flash & The Cagey Bees.
Shana Nieberg-Suschitzky (Illustrator – UV 2012)
Shana alias Shanarama enjoys writing and illustrating a range of work, from Picture Books and Children’s fiction to Graphic Novels. When she’s not cooking up her next adventure on paper, she’s living one with her lively family who, she has to say, all provide rather a lot of inspiration!
Agent: Davinia Andrew-Lynch, Andlyn Literary Agency.
Claire O’Brien (Writer – UV 2010)
Claire has taught in the UK, USA and Colombia. She now lives quietly in Berkshire where she writes full time and has a go at gardening. Her Cordelia Codd trilogy sold to several overseas publishers and has a growing fan base. She loves writing funny stories for educational publishers and re workings of classic tales.
Currently, Claire is working on a treasury of funny, feminist fairy tales inspired by lesser-known 17th century stories, and is also scribbling ideas for the misadventures of a magnificently mean and spiteful little girl called…but that’s a secret.
Books: Barnparty (Kingfisher MacMillan, 1996); Cordelia Codd: Not Just the Blues (Orchard, 2012); Cordelia Codd: Frankly, Ruby, I Don’t Give a Damn! (Orchard, 2013); Cordelia Codd: 3: It’s Alive! (Orchard, Oct 2015); In Absolutely Awful Adults (OUP, 2014): Mr McMeanie: Minister for Child Control, Mr Splatter’s Dreadful Dinners and Mr Peacock: the Brightest Headmaster; Pinnochio (OUP Greatest Stories, 2016); The Wind in the Willows (OUP, 2016); The Terrifying Teacher (Franklin Watts, 2016); A Job for George and Milo (OUP, 2017); Team On! (OUP, 2017); and Asteroid Alert! (OUP – 2017
Awards: Barnparty shortlisted for The Times Educational Supplement Primary English Award, 1996, Cordelia Codd: Not Just the Blues – Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, June 18th 2012 and Daily Record Summer Reading Choice, 2012.
Agent: Alice Williams, David Higham Associates
Olivia Palmer (Illustrator – UV 2014)
Undiscovered Voices was a wonderful experience for Olivia, as it lead to her developing her black and white illustration style. She also enjoys using watercolours, and sketching outdoors. Now she is delighted to be represented by the wonderful Plum Pudding Illustration Agency.
Agent: Plum Pudding Illustration
Sarah Palmer (Illustrator – UV 2014)
Sarah has studied Graphic Design and, more recently, Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She would love to write and illustrate books for children. She also loves cats, drinking tea and creating imaginary creatures.
Deborah Partington (Illustrator – UV 2016)
Deborah studied general illustration at the North East Wales Institute but a love of stories led her to the wonderful world of children’s illustration. She is happiest with her tin of watercolours, paint brush in hand and freshly stretched paper, drawing as many different animals as she can.
Her illustration for the Undiscovered Voices 2016 Anthology was entitled “The Race To Get Dry” illustrating Alice of Wonderland Road – Remarkable Tales of a Runaway.
Agent: Beehive Illustration Agency.
Nicola Patten (Illustrator – UV 2012)
Nicola was approached by two agencies as a result of Undiscovered Voices, although is currently unrepresented. She illustrated freelance for the greetings and homeware markets, working for clients such as Hallmark, American Greetings and Whistlefish Galleries, before working full time for a Greetings card company designing cards for major supermarkets and card retailers. She is still a freelance illustrator in her spare time working with a company called Artistic Britain who produce canvas prints of her artwork and market them to various retailers such as Homesense, The Range, and Dunelm Mill. She also like to paint portraits but mainly just for the fun of it!
Her illustration for the Undiscovered Voices 2012 Anthology was entitled “Viking makes a discovery”.
Bryony Pearce (Writer – UV 2008)
Bryony Pearce is a vegetarian mother of two, living in the Forest of Dean. When not writing, she can usually be found ferrying the children around, reading, or binge watching series on Netflix.. She is also a Cornerstones reader.
Books: Angel’s Fury (Egmont, 2011), The Weight of Souls (Strange Chemistry, 2013), Phoenix Rising (Stripes, June 2015), Windrunner (Xist, 2015), Wavefunction (Telos, 2016), Phoenix Burning (Stripes, 2016) and Savage Island (Stripes, 2017). Short stories in anthologies: Now we are Ten and Stories from the Edge.
Agent: Catherine Pellegrino, Marjacq.
Awards: Longlisted for Branford Boase 2012, Cybils Longlist, Shortlisted for The Cheshire Schools Award 2013, and Winner of Leeds Book Award 2012.
Esther Garcia Peces (Illustrator – UV 2016)
Rachel Quarry (Illustrator – UV 2012)
Rachel graduated from the Cambridge MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2017. She exhibits in Buckinghamshire and Oxford and makes designs for an online craft outlet.
Her winning illustration in 2012 was entitled ‘By the Light of the Moon,’ and depicted a singing baboon.
Matt Ralphs (Writer – UV 2014)
With twelve years of experience in the publishing industry, Matt Ralphs has enjoyed working on a wide range of books from science fiction, fantasy, and children’s. Suiting a nomadic way of life, he lives on a narrowboat. His debut MG novel FIRE GIRL is out in August 2015.
Books: Fire Girl (Macmillan Childrens Books, 2015).
Agent: Madeleine Milburn Literary, Film and TV Agency.
Paula Rawsthorne (Writer – UV 2010)
Thanks to UV 2010 Paula spends her days writing and doing author visits/workshops in schools around the country. She also loves being a writer in residence for ‘First Story’. She’s written two award-winning novels and lives in Nottingham with her family. This year Paula has received a two book deal from a major publisher (details to be announced).
Books: The Truth About Celia Frost (Usborne, 2011), Blood Tracks (Usborne, 2013), These Seven (Five Leaves Publishing, 2015) and Stories From The Edge (YA anthology Albury Books, 2016>.
Awards: The Truth About Celia Frost won The Leeds Book Award 2012 (11-14 category) Nottingham Brilliant Book Award and The Sefton Super Reads Award 2012. Shortlisted for The East Midlands Book Award, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, Stockport Book Award, Rib Valley Award, Oldham Book Award, St. Helens Book Award. Longlisted for the Branford Boase and Southern Schools Award.
Blood Tracks won the Rib Valley Book Award 2014 and was shortlisted for The Leeds Book Award 2014, The North East Teen Book Award, The St. Helen’s Book Award.
Agent: Clare Conville, Conville and Walsh.
Website: Paula Rawsthorne
Blog: Edge Authors Blog
Rachel Rivett (Writer – UV 2014)
Author of three picture books, and shortlisted for SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2014, Rachel Rivett has an MA in Writing for Children from Winchester University. She is currently working on a number of projects – in snatched and borrowed moments – while she home-educates her four free-range children, believing the best learning happens when people follow their hearts.
Books: Little Grey and the Great Mystery (Lion Hudson, 2006), Are You Sad, Little Bear? (Lion Hudson, 2009), and I Imagine (Lion Hudson, 2011). Short stories: ‘Seal Woman’, The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2, (Mother’s Milk Books, 2016) and ‘The Salt Child’, The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3 (Mother’s Milk Books, 2017).
Bronwen Roscoe (Writer – UV 2014)
Bronwen Roscoe trained as a journalist, started her career as an editor and works for the BBC. She lives in Surrey with her husband and three sons and is studying for a master’s at UCL.
When she is not working, writing or studying, she spends time with her children, who mostly ignore her.
Agent: Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates
Portia Rosenberg (Illustrator – UV 2016)
Portia was born in Manchester, studied Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and still lives there. She loves drawing, and loves depicting character and liveliness; faces are consistently the focus of her work. She feels equally interested in both serious and humorous subjects. Her illustration in the UV2016 anthology was called ‘Bring Your Pet To School Day’ illustrating (Cinder) Ella Grubb
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Abbie Rushton (Writer – UV 2010)
An avid writer from an early age, Abbie won several competitions for young writers. After studying English Literature with Creative Writing at the UEA, Abbie began a career in publishing. She currently edits literacy resources for primary schools.
Abbie Rushton was featured in the 2010 Anthology as Abbie Todd.
Books: Unspeakable (Atom Books, 2015) and Consumed (Atom Books, 2016).
Agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents
Lauren Sabel (Writer – UV 2010)
Lauren lived in the fantastic city of London before moving to Boulder, Colorado, where she lives happily with her husband. After days spent writing, she goes biking, hiking, or hangs out with her family or friends, unless a sunny spot with a book calls her first.
Books: Vivian Divine Is Dead (Katherine Tegen Books, 2014) and Lies to Live By (Katherine Tegen Books, 2016).
Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writer’s House
Susan Sandercock (Writer – UV 2014)
Since Undiscovered Voices 2014, Susan has been busy revising her gritty crime thriller, Southend Loaded, in response to agents’ feedback. She is a media lecturer in a sixth form college near Southend, which is a constant source of inspiration for her writing.
Books: Susan’s short story ‘Sea Canaries’ is included in Tony Bradman’s acclaimed anthology, Under the Weather, published by Frances Lincoln.
Kate Scott (Writer – UV 2008)
As well as a writer of children’s trade fiction, educational fiction and non-fiction, Kate Scott is a published/broadcast poet, script-writer, script-editor and playwright. Her scripts for children’s television have been broadcast on CBeebies, C5, CITV and Disney. Her plays have been performed at the Salisbury Fringe Festival, the Salisbury Playhouse Studio and at the Pleasance Theatre, London. Author picture by Louise Allen.
Books: No, Sid, No! (HarperCollins, 2011), Spies in Disguise: Boy in Tights (Piccadilly Press, 2013), The Catapult Kid: The Greatest Show on Earth (Pearson, 2013), The Catapult Kid: Outlaws on the Loose (Pearson, 2013), Spies in Disguise: Boy in a Tutu (Piccadilly Press, 2014), A Life in the Sky (OUP, 2014), Legendary Heroes (OUP, 2014), Spies in Disguise: Boy in Heels (Piccadilly Press, 2015), The Two Finlay Herberts (OUP, 2015), Mud, Metal and Logs (OUP, 2016); How We See (OUP, 2016); Dick Whittington (HarperCollins, 2017); The Singing Tortoise (OUP, 2017); Giant (Piccadilly Press, 2017); Just Jack (Piccadilly Press, 2018); Let’s Pretend (HarperCollins, forthcoming); and three new titles for OUP, forthcoming.
Awards: Winner:Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2015 (Spies in Disguise: Boy in Tights).
Agents: Eve White, Eve White Literary Agency (Books) and Jean Kitson, Kitson Press Associates (Scriptwriting)
Tioka Tokedira (Writer – UV 2014)
Thanks to Undiscovered Voices, Tioka received incredibly helpful feedback from agents and editors on her YA crime story The Stone Cutter which was selected for the 2014 anthology. She’s currently working on several stories for teens that are full of tough girls, hot boys, and large quantities of danger. When Tioka isn’t in a Paris cafe downing hot chocolate and working out how to get troubled characters into more trouble, she can be found in her neighborhood yoga studio, bumbling through downward facing dog.
Tioka has worked as a journalist for television networks in New York, a teacher and ministry of education consultant in various countries, and as an acquisition reader for French publishers.
Mariam Vossough (Writer – UV 2008)
Mariam is a scriptwriter and children’s author. She is currently working on a new novel for 6-8 year olds called GROSS Academy. After completing an M.A. in Creative Writing, she also has fun running creative writing workshops in schools.
Books: Hairy Sticky Tape and The Fairy Cupboard in the children’s anthology WOW! 366 (Scholastic) and the Bug Buddies series (Harper Collins) written under the name of Joe Miller – The Big Game, Enemy Attack, Ant Invasion, Tunnel Trouble, Beetle Power, and Slime Time.
Julia Walther (Illustrator – UV 2014)
With a background in languages and book history, Julia worked as a literary translator before deciding to go back to art college and pursue her dream to write and illustrate children’s books. She is now involved in various art and illustration projects.
Agent: Maria Bogade, Wundergarden
Bing Wang (Illustrator – UV 2016)
Bing Wang was born in Shanghai and raised in NYC by a family of artists. She loves art, books and languages and has over 20 years’ experience as an illustrator and comic strip artist. She currently lives in Holland with her husband and daughter who also can’t stop drawing.
Her illustration in the UV2016 anthology was called – ‘Out Of The Pan’ illustrating Hansel and Gretel and the Great Witch Rescue.
Katie Weymouth (Illustrator – UV 2016)
Katie is a Liverpool-based illustrator who works in both traditional and digital media. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2001 with a B.A. Hons in Graphic Arts.
As a direct result of being a finalist in Undiscovered Voices 2016, she is now represented by Angharad Kowal of Writers House UK and is currently developing several picture book concepts. Her illustration in the UV2016 anthology was called ‘Jack Investigates’ illustrating Jack and the Tower Block. Her work can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/katieweymouth/
Agent: Angharad Kowal of Writers House UK
Yona Wiseman (Writer – UV 2010)
Yona lives in Devon with 3 tame cats and one wild son. Since becoming a mum, she writes in the tiny scraps of time between being a character from someone else’s book, chasing up hills, flying to the moon, mud squelching… Oh and the day job, making videos and websites.
Imogen White (Writer – UV 2014)
Imogen writes mid-grade novels, steeped in history, myth and magic. The opening to her debut The Amber Pendant featured in UV2014, and is now the first of The Rose Muddle Mysteries (1st June 2017, Usborne).
Imogen’s road to publication started by entering Undiscovered Voices.
Books: The Amber Pendant: The Rose Muddle Mysteries (Usborne, June 2017) and Book 2 (Title TBC): The Rose Muddle Mysteries (Usborne, 2018).
Agent: Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock
Rachel Wolfreys (Writer – UV 2012)
Rachel Wolfreys lives in Manchester with her family. She is lucky enough to have a job in which she talks about books all day – she’s an English teacher. As well as books, she loves music, theatre, her dog, the seaside and spending time with family. And Manchester Utd., of course. Rachel’s novel A Strange Kind of Dreaming was longlisted for the Times / Chickenhouse Prize in 2016.
Jo Wyton (Writer – UV 2012)
Jo Wyton is a geologist with a thoroughly impractical interest in rocks and an even more impractical interest in writing. She can usually be found scribbling madly with one hand whilst propping up a growing tower of notebooks with the other. Occasionally, she can be found buried under them.
Blog: Jo Wyton Blog
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