Undiscovered Voices is delighted that the amazing Candy Gourlay agreed to be our honorary chair for UV2020. She recorded this heartfelt and uplifting video to celebrate the success of this year’s finalists.
Thank you so much Candy for taking the time to make such a wonderful tribute.
We’re excited as this year’s finalists take the next step in their writing careers. We’ll be posting updates as we hear from them. For now, we want to congratulate them once again.
Annaliese Avery – The Invention of Night
Yvonne Banham – Tulip Finola Barnacle
Sharon Boyle – Pupil K
Anna Brooke – Sean & The Franken-Bogey
Dr Adam Connors – The Genius Machine
Clare Harlow – The Shape Of A Girl
Urara Hiroeh – The Air We Cannot Breathe
Helen MacKenzie – Hagstone
Michael Mann – Ghostcloud
Angela Murray – The Sea Lord’s Curse
Laura Warminger – The Great Prime Minister Swap
Harriet Worrell – The Good Child Serum
You can learn all about our finalists here: http://www.undiscoveredvoices.com/?page_id=1106
We are thrilled to share the longlist of writers who will be considered for the Undiscovered Voices 2020 anthology. We also are pleased to announce that Undiscovered Voices alumni, dedicated SCBWI volunteer and award-winning author Candy Gourlay will serve as the honorary chair for Undiscovered Voices 2020.
These talented writers were selected from nearly 250 submissions from SCBWI members in the British Isles and Europe.
Dr Adam Connors
Carry de la Harpe
Zoe Jane Cookson
The twelve novel extracts that will be featured in the Undiscovered Voices 2020 anthology will be announced in mid-January.
The Undiscovered Voices team endeavours to create an anthology that showcases the variety of writing available from SCBWI members in the British Isles and the Europe. The goal of the anthology is not only to help the selected authors to find agents and editors, but also to promote the quality of work abounding in SCBWI in Europe.
The stories were considered anonymously and selected by a distinguished panel of industry experts:
Helen Boyle, Literary and Illustration Agent at Pickled Ink
Annalie Grainger, Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books
Stephanie King, Commissioning Fiction Editor at Usborne Publishing
Polly Nolan, Literary Agent at Greenhouse Literary Agency
Alice Sutherland-Hawes, Children’s Agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency
Clare Wallace, Literary Agent at Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency
More about Candy Gourlay
Candy Gourlay was born in the Philippines, grew up under a dictatorship and met her husband during a revolution. Her novel Bone Talk was recently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Prize – it is set in the moment when headhunting tribes in the Philippines come face to face with American invaders. Her picture book, Is It a Mermaid, illustrated by Francesca Chessa, was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her books have been shortlisted for the Branford Boase, Waterstones, Blue Peter and Guardian Children’s Book Prize. Both her novels Shine and Tall Story have won SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award. Her fingerprints are all over SCBWI’s online presence, from its jurassic list-serve days to its current experiments in livestreaming events. She is currently devising events and opportunities for published members as co-organiser of SCBWI’s Pulse strand. She lives in London with her family.
Thanks to Candy for championing the anthology and congratulations to the talented longlisted writers!
We are delighted to announce that Frances Hardinge and Alexis Deacon are to be UV2018’s Honorary Chairs.
Frances Hardinge – Honorary Author Chair
Frances Hardinge was brought up in a sequence of small, sinister English villages, and spent a number of formative years living in a Gothic-looking, mouse-infested hilltop house in Kent. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford, fell in love with the city’s crazed archaic beauty, and lived there for many years.
Whilst working full time as a technical author for a software company she started writing her first children’s novel, Fly by Night, and was with difficulty persuaded by a good friend to submit the manuscript to Macmillan. Seven of her books have now been published, all aimed at children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Lie Tree, won the Costa Book of the Year Award, the fiction category of the Boston Globe Hornbook Award and the 12-16 age category of the UKLA Awards.
Frances is seldom seen without her hat and is addicted to volcanoes.
Alexis Deacon – Honorary Illustrator Chair
Alexis Deacon is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. His first book, Slow Loris, was published in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. In 2015 it was named one of the hundred best children’s books of all time by Time Magazine.
He has twice been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and is a two time recipient of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award. In 2014, The River, won the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize. In 2008 he was chosen by Booktrust as one of the ten best new illustrators of the preceding decade.
Alexis’ latest book, Geis, Nobrow Press, is the first in an epic trilogy genre-spanning a mix of supernatural, historical fantasy, action and folk tale.
We’re proud to post a message from Sally Gardner shared with our finalists at the launch of this year’s anthology.
Sally talks about her journey to becoming a writer and questions an unhelpful educational focus on the qualifications of being writer (like spelling!) rather than the importance of story and inspiration. She speculates whether one of the greats of English literature might well have been found today thanks to Undiscovered Voices. As a ‘fell-walker’, Sally talks about the difficulty of the creative process and how much luck is needed after the difficult climb up the mountain of ideas.
We’d like to thank Keith Rogerson for recording and editing this video and thank Working Partners for hosting the interview!