The Undiscovered Voices 2022 Anthology features the talent of twelve writers whose work impressed our judges to be selected as up-and-coming voices in the world of books for teens and children.
Alex Atkinson – The Lord of the Hat
Alex writes funny books featuring spooky monsters. She is a full-time child wrangler and dog flunky and occasional freelance writer.
She lives in Hertfordshire, but dreams of deserted seaside towns, old houses, ghosts and zombies.
Victoria Benstead-Hume – Planetdown
Half plant-geek, half writer, 100% noodle addict. Victoria has been longlisted for Mslexia and WriteMentor novel competitions and is currently studying with Golden Egg.
She has an MSc in Ecology and lives in Brighton. She once cycled the length of Vietnam in search of the perfect bowl of pho.
Ali Clack – Lie or Die
After university, Ali moved to London to pursue a career in television. She worked on a wide range of shows from Teletubbies to Friends.
She now writes YA and lives in Essex with a houseful of teenagers. She can often be found freezing on the side of a rugby pitch.
Zoe Cookson – Archie and the Clockwork Soldier
Zoe spent fifteen years in the grown-up world before quitting her management job to write for a living (albeit mostly reports, funding bids and business cases).
An avid reader, Zoe reviews children’s books on her website and would love to write for book packagers or publishers developing in-house fiction/non-fiction.
Sue Cunningham – Heart and Soul
Sue Cunningham lives in a Manchester man cave with her husband and assorted teen sons. She won the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award 2020 and has been long/shortlisted in other awards.
When she’s not writing (or treading on bits of Lego in bare feet or tripping over electric guitar cables), she works for the NHS.
Andrew James – Jack Swan’s Phoenix Quest
Teacher in collar and tie, writer in specs and pants, Andrew lives with his husband and Hugo the collie in Greenwich where he co-runs a successful writing group.
Determined to bring more queer families and protagonists to children’s literature, he is about to begin a PhD with that very focus.
K L Kaine – Evolandia
Brought up on David Attenborough documentaries, Katja finds the magic and mystery of the natural world utterly mesmerising.
Half Singaporean and half German, she has explored the world on aeroplanes and through her microscope, meeting orangutans, stingrays, water fleas and other friends.
Cara Lovelock – The Rise of Rayne Seawig
Cara lives in Suffolk and writes when the kids sleep. The idea for The Rise of Rayne Seawing came after the family camped in their garden and taught themselves the constellations.
Cara was a WriteMentor2020 mentee, selected for a DHH agency event and had an honorary mention in UV2020.
Tom Mann – Zain Sharif and the Heart of Sobek
Growing up Tom wanted to be Indiana Jones, but instead his degree in Egyptology landed him a job in the film business.
He was a production executive for close to a decade. Now he’s a school librarian, so he gets to share his passion for storytelling with children every day.
Emma Norris – The Belongsong
Emma grew up underwater, catching sea creatures on Gibraltar’s shores or suspended in a good story.
As a child psychologist she became passionate about difference and disability, and wanted to immerse children in the beauty of an underwater world most can never see; a world humans are destroying.
Gerry Rush – When the Hate Gets In
Born and raised in Yorkshire, now living in the south, Gerry’s had a lot of different jobs – teacher, waitress, fitness instructor, lecturer, croupier, charity manager – to name a few.
She has an MA in Creative Writing and writes YA for the teenage self who still lives in her head.
Paula Thompson – Scrap the Bad Wolf
Paula is a copywriter and former newspaper journalist. She has recently graduated with distinction from the University of Winchester’s MA in Writing for Children.
Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in The Caterpillar magazine. She lives in Winchester with her husband and two daughters.