Past Finalists G to M

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This list is alphabetical covering all finalists with surnames G to M. The year of the anthology and the finalist’s category is included with each entry. 


David Gray (Illustrator – UV 2014)

David Gray (2014)

Dave started out as a graphic designer and works as a commercial illustrator. Since becoming a finalist in Undiscovered Voices, he has found a literary agent and is excited to be developing several picture book ideas.

Agent: Louise Burns, Andrew Mann

Twitter: @iamdavegray

Website and Twitter:

Emily George (Writer – UV 2010)

Emily George (2010)

After being included in the UV 2010 Undiscovered Voices anthology, Emily began to (slowly!) redraft her young adult novel ‘From Darkness’ following incredibly helpful advice from interested agents and publishers. Emily is currently completing a doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology, but still finds some time to write, working on From Darkness and various short stories.


Harriet Goodwin (Writer – UV 2008)

Harriet Goodwin (UV 2008)

Harriet Goodwin was born within the sound of Bow Bells, but spent most of her childhood in rural Kent, where she specialised in building dens and bonfires. She reluctantly grew up and read medieval English at Oxford before training as a professional singer.

She now divides her time between singing and writing, and lives in the Staffordshire countryside with her husband and four children.

Books: The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43 (Stripes 2009), Gravenhunger (Stripes 2011), The Hex Factor (Stripes 2012), and The Hex Factor: Dark Tide (Stripes September 2013). Also two books for Collins’ Big Cat educational reading scheme – Beneath the Waves (2012) and The Black Dog (2013).

Awards: Bedfordshire Children’s Book of the Year, Shortlisted — Cheshire Schools’ Book, East Sussex Children’s Book Award, Coventry Inspiration Book Awards, Blue Peter Book Award, Tower Hamlets Book Award, New Horizon Dorset Young People’s Book Award, Southwark Book Award, Stockport Schools’ Book Award, Stockton Children’s Book Award, Warwickshire Children’s Book Award, Lancashire Libary Services Fantastic Book Award, Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, The Oldham Book Award, Leeds Book Award, Hillingdon School Book of the Year, Red House Children’s Book Award.

Agent: Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse Literary Agency


Candy Gourlay (Writer – UV 2008)

Candy Gourlay (UV 2008)

Candy Gourlay has been a journalist, press photographer, web designer, short film maker, radio presenter (well, once) and fake American accent voice talent.

She once helped overthrow a dictator (with several million other people). She has now forsworn revolutionary activity to become a children’s author.

Books: Tall Story (David Fickling Books 2010), and Shine (David Fickling Books 2013).

Awards: Shine – Nominated for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Winner of the Crystal Kite Prize for 2014. Tall Story – Fifty Best Diverse Books since 1950, Winner of the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe 2011, Winner of the National Book Award of the Philippines 2012, Kirkus Outstanding Children’s Debut of 2011, Carnegie Medal Longlist, Waterstone Children’s Book Prize Shortlist, Blue Peter My Favourite Story Shortlist, Branford Boase Shortlist, UKLA Children’s Book Prize Shortlist, Sakura Medal Shortlist (Japan), The Brilliant Book Award Shortlist (Nottinghamshire), New Horizons Book Award Shortlist (Dorset), Tower Hamlets Book Prize Shortlist, Salford Book Prize Shortlist, Warwickshire Primary Book Prize Shortlist, Stockport Schools Book Award Shortlist (KS2), Leeds Book Awards Shortlist (11-14 Category), Hillingdon Secondary School Book of the Year Shortlist.

Agent: Hilary Delamere, The Agency

Twitter: @candygourlay



Sara Grant (Writer – UV 2008)

Sara Grant (UV 2008)

Sara Grant has inspired, written or edited nearly 100 books for children. Her newest book – Chasing Danger – is an action-adventure series for tweens. Sara teaches Goldsmiths University’s master’s class on writing for children/teens. She co-created Undiscovered Voices and continues to serve on the planning committee. She offers events for writers through Book Bound.

Books: Chasing Danger (Scholastic, 2016), Chasing Danger: Mystery at the Ice Hotel (Scholastic, 2016), Dark Parties (Little, Brown US and Orion UK 2010/2011), Half Lives (Little, Brown US and Orion UK 2013), and the Magic Trix series (Orion 2013-2014) – The Witching Hour (Mar 2013), Flying High (Mar 2013), Birthday Wishes (May 2013), Magic Mayhem (July 2013), Secrets and Spies (Jan 2013) and Magic Mansion (Mar 2013).

Awards: Dark Parties won the SCBWI Crystal Award for Europe

Agent: Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Twitter: @authorsaragrant


Blog: Edge Authors Blog

Sandra Greaves (Writer – UV 2012)

Sandra Greaves (UV 2012)

Sandra Greaves was born in Edinburgh and lives in Devon. Formerly in journalism, TV and communications, she now works as a copywriter (and is also an award-winning poet). She and her husband keep several badly-behaved chickens on a smallholding midway between the moor and the sea.

Books: The Skull in the Wood (Chicken House, 2013)

Awards: The Skull in the Wood: nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014, Shrewsbury Bookfest Children’s Book Award 2014 and the Brilliant Book Award 2015.

Agent: Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock

Twitter: @sandra_greaves

Simon James Green (Writer – UV 2016)

Simon James Green (UV 2016)

Simon James Green is a screenwriter and the award-winning author of Noah Can’t Even, Noah Could Never and Alex in Wonderland.

Books: Noah Can’t Even (Scholastic, 2017), Noah Could Never (Scholastic, 2018), Penguins (Proud Anthology) (Stripes, 2019), and Alex in Wonderland (Scholastic, 2019).

Awards: Wirral Schools Paperback of the Year – Winner, Amazing Book Awards – Bronze award, Leeds Book Awards – shortlisted, and Branford Boase – longlisted.

Agent: Jo Moult, Skylark Literary Agency.

Twitter: @simonjamesgreen


Instagram: @simonjamesgreen

Julia Groves (Illustrator – UV 2012)

Julia Groves (UV 2012)

Julia was selected for the new illustration category, since then she has graduated from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and has begun fulfilling her dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator! She lives in Norwich, the beautiful medieval City of Stories with her arty, musical family and divides her time between illustrating baby and picture books and teaching graphic design in Norwich and Cambridge.

Books: Animal Babies in the River, Animal Babies in the Meadow, Animal Babies in the Mountain, and Animal Babies in the Forest (Child’s Play International 2016 UK/USA) and Rainforest (Child’s Play International 2017 UK/USA)

Awards: Shortlisted: The 2016 Progressive Preschool Awards (Best Pre-School Publishing Range).

Twitter: @julia2groves


David Hall (Writer – UV 2018)

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 (Writer – UV 2018)

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.


Jane Hardstaff (Writer – UV 2012)

Jane Hardstaff (UV 2013)

Jane longed to be an artist, but somehow became a TV producer. She grew up in Wiltshire with her brothers, hunting mayfly-nymphs with her father, reading stories with her mother. Now she lives in London’s East End, near the great, wild River Thames – inspiration for her first book.

Books: The Executioner’s Daughter (Egmont, 2014/Lerner Books USA, 2016) and River Daughter (Egmont, 2015)

Awards: Longlisted: Branford Boase Award. Shortlisted: Oxfordshire Book Award and the Salford Children’s Book Award. Winner: Primary Teacher Awards 2014 and the Salisbury Schools Book Award 2016. Selected for USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2017

Agent: Gillie Russell, Aitken Alexander


Twitter: @JaneHardstaff

Steve Hartley (Writer – UV 2008)

Steve Hartley (UV 2008)

Winning the 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition enabled Steve to give up his proper job and become a full-time author. Eleven books and countless school visits later, he’s taking a break from children’s books to write scripts with his wife and daughter, under the collective name “Pig in a Ginnel”.

Books: Danny Baker Record Breaker series (Macmillan Children’s Books) – The World’s Biggest Bogey (2010), The World’s Awesomest Airbarf (2010), The World’s Loudest Armpit Fart (2010), The World’s Stickiest Earwax (2010), The World’s Itchiest Pants (2011), The World’s Windiest Baby (2011), Danny Baker’s Silly Olympics: The Wibbly Wobbly Jelly Belly Flop (2012) The Oliver Fibbs series (Macmillan Children’s Books) – Oliver Fibbs: Attack of the Alien Brain (2013), Oliver Fibbs and the Giant Boy-Munching Bugs (2013), Oliver Fibbs and the Abominable Snow Penguin (2014) and Oliver Fibbs and the Clash of the Mega Robots (2014); Audio  – Amy Warburton’s Most Unusual Pet, and He Should Have Listened to Granddad for Derian Dreams, Derian House Children’s Hospice (2016).

Awards: Winner: Surrey Libraries Children’s Book of the Year 2014; Long-listed: Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2010; Doncaster Children’s Book Awards 2015.


Ian Harvey-Brown (Writer – UV 2008)

Ian Harney-Brown (UV 2008)

Ian has left behind the turbulent waters of YA fiction to enter the even more murky depths of the crime thriller. Whether crime will pay or not remains to be seen. He confesses to be enjoying the change, although once he has exhausted his foray into crime he plans to return to the familiar territory of YA.

Ian was born in Zimbabwe and migrated to the United Kingdom in 1985. He is married with two children. Ian lives in Bracknell, Berkshire. He is also a keen photographer.

Twitter: @IanHarveyBrown

Katie Hayoz –(Writer – UV 2018)

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.

Awards: Finalist in Mslexia children’s novel competition 2012

Agent: Alice Sutherland-Hawes, Madeleine Milburn Literary


Twitter: @katiehayoz

Mary Hays (Illustrator – UV 2016)

Mary Hays

Mary grew up in Australia and became a printmaker. After years engaged in seemingly unconnected occupations: travelling, teaching English, book selling, graphic design and motherhood, everything linked up when she did the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Connecting words and pictures and collaborating with others satisfies a lifelong drive to see what is born when you combine two or more very different things.
Her illustration in the UV2016 anthology was called ‘The Fast Way Up’ illustrating Jack and the Tower Block.

Deborah Hewitt (Writer – UV 2012)

Deborah Hewitt (UV 2012)

Deborah lives in Manchester with her two noisy dogs, and two noisier children.

Though she loves YA & MG, she’s jumped ship to a different age group and is currently editing her first adult fantasy manuscript.

Agent: Jemima Forrester, David Higham Associates.

Emma Higham (Writer – UV 2014)

Emma Higham (UV 2014)

Emma always wanted to be an actress but when cast as a panda in the school play, with her friends leaping by as gazelles, she started to rethink her career prospects. She now makes theatre for and with young people, ensuring any pandas are treated as humanely as possible.

Agent: Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency.

Twitter: @HighamEmma


David Hofmeyr (Writer – UV 2012)

David Hofmeyr (UV 2012)

David was born in South Africa and lives in London. In 2013, he graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. He also works in Advertising as a Planner, although he’s not quite sure what that means.

Books: Stone Rider (Penguin, July 2015)

Awards: Winner: Grand Prix de L’imaginaire 2016 (a French SFF award), Prix Pepites 2015 at the Salon du Livre de Jeunesse de Montreuil in France. Shortlisted: Branford Boase Award (2016), Guardian Wow Factor (2005).

Agent: Stephanie Thwaites, Curtis Brown


Twitter: @dhofmeyr

Instagram: @dhofmeyr

Sandy Horsley (Illustrator – UV 2018)

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.

Amber Hsu (Illustrator – UV 2012)

Amber-Hsu (UV 2012)

Amber Hsu is a London-based writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. She has written for the Royal Court, Orange Tree, and Islington Youth theatres, and with the National Theatre Studios and BBC Writer’s Room. She is also the founder and creator of Tiny Pencil, an independent anthology artzine and press. Once, she also worked in a morgue.

Awards: Film London London Calling Award and 2012 3×3 Illustration Magazine Children’s Show Award.

Agent: Emily Hickman, The Agency

Twitter: @amberhsu



Andrea Ipaktchi (Illustrator – UV 2016)

Andrea Ipaktchi (UV 2016)

Andrea Ipaktchi is an American illustrator, cartoonist, painter and improviser. She lives in Paris and has a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Since Undiscovered Voices 2015, she began an illustrated MG novel.

As IC for SCBWI-France: she encourages industry professionals traveling to France to contact her: france-ic ‘at’ and andrea.ipaktchi ‘at’

Awards: 2015 Groupe Monte dei Fiori, affiliated with the Galérie Metanoia, Paris.

Twitter: @AprilinParis


Instagram: @aprilsinparis

Emily Jones (Illustrator – UV 2018)

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.


Sharon Jones (Writer – UV 2012)

Sharon Jones has been writing since childhood. While at university she worked in two independent bookshops where she developed a love of young adult fiction. Having lived in Liverpool, Cambridge, Warwick and Colchester, she now lives in the West Midlands with her giant white poodle, Harvey.

Books: Dead Jealous (Orchard Books, July 2013) and Dead Silent (Orchard Books, Spring 2014)

Awards: Longlisted for The Sussex Coast Schools’ Amazing Books Award 2015

Agent: Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Twitter: @PoodlePowered

Kathryn Kettle (Writer – UV 2018)

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.

Heather Kilgour (Illustrator – UV 2012)

Heather-Kilgour (UV 2012)

Heather studied fine art to master’s level in Australia and New Zealand. She met many talented people while working as a film sculptor on Lord of the Rings and this inspired her to write and illustrate picture books. On moving to the UK in 2007 Heather joined SCBWI as a means to further this dream.

Her illustration for the Undiscovered Voices 2012 Anthology was entitled “Talking with Birds”.



Rachel Latham (Writer – UV 2012)

Rachel Latham (UV 2012)

Rachel lives amongst the green hills and sheep of Cumbria. She has an abiding love of fantasy, dragons and wolves. She was ecstatic when the opening of To Dance With The Wind won a place in the Undiscovered Voices Anthology. She continues to weave words into stories and enjoys the support of local SCBWI members on her writing journey.

Twitter: @LathamRachel

Rachel Lovatt (Illustrator – UV 2018)

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.

Em Lynas (Writer – UV 2012)

Em is the author of funny fiction and poetry for 4-10 yrs and an active member of the SCBWI. As well as winning a UV place for To Destiny or Death in 2012, she also created the funEverse: an online poetry website where SCBWI poets respond poetically to the illustrations of internationally renowned illustrators. She loves to blog on writing techniques and secretly laughs out loud at her own work.

Em Lynas was featured in the 2013 Anthology as Maureen Lynas.

Agent: Amber Caraveo, The Skylark Agengy

Books: The Toadspit Towers series (Nosy Crow Aug 2017), and The Action Words Reading Scheme (Action Words, 2004)

Twitter: @maureenlynas

Websites:, and

Blog: Notesfromtheslushpile Blog

Lisa Mann (Writer – UV 2010)

Lisa Man (UV 2010)

Lisa Mann lives in Norfolk where she divides her time between painting, writing middle grade fiction and teaching creative writing to Gifted and Talented Children. Last year she discovered the joys of Taekwondo and is on her way to earning her Blue Belt. She is a SCBWI volunteer and helps to run a local art gallery.

Lisa Mann was featured in the 2010 Anthology as Lisa Joy Smith.

Agent: Gillie Russell, Aitken Alexander


Emma Mason (Writer – UV 2018)

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

Richard Masson (Writer – UV 2012)

Richard Masson (UV 2012)

Richard was born in east London and went to sea at an early age where he began writing as a hobby. Forty years of rejections later he was selected for Undiscovered Voices in 2012 and signed his first book deal shortly afterwards.

Sadly, Richard passed away in November 2013.

Books: Boonie (Hot Key Books 2013)

Award: Runner-up, David St. John Thomas Award 2010

Agent: Anna Power, Johnson & Alcock


Kirsty McKay (Writer – UV 2008)

Kirsty McKay (UV 2008)

Kirsty is thrilled to be a UV-propelled success story and to have books popping up on shelves all around the world. Her favourite subjects to write about include zombies and murderers for teens, and cross-dressing ogres for younger kids. Originally from the north east of England, Kirsty is currently based in the USA, where she is developing a love of burritos and working on her twang.

Books: Undead (Chicken House, 2011), Unfed (Chicken House, 2012), Pausensnack, an ebook novella in the Undead series (Carlsen/Chicken House Germany, May 2013), and Ogres don’t Dance (Andersen Press, May 2014).

Awards: Shortlisted for Warwickshire Secondary Schools Book of the Year Award 2013

Agent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates.

Twitter: @Kirkybean

Websites: and

Jane McLoughlin (Writer – UV 2010)

Jane McLoughlin (2010)

Jane is originally from Minnesota, in the USA, but has lived in the UK for over 25 years.

At Yellow Lake is her first novel for young adults. It has been published in the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and will be out soon in Brazil. It has also been nominated for the Carnegie Award 2013 and Branford Boase Award 2013.

Books: At Yellow Lake (Francis Lincoln 2012) and Crowham Martyrs (Catnip Publishing, June 2015)

Award: At Yellow LakeShortlisted: Amazing Book Awards. Longlisted: Branford Boase, Waterstones and Carnegie. The Crowham Martyrs: Shortlisted: Leeds Book Awards, Essex Book Awards. Longlisted: Waterstones.

Agent: Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates

Twitter: @jbmcloughlin

Blog: Jane Mcloughlin Blog

Shirley-Anne McMillan (Writer – UV 2014)

Shirley-Anne McMillan (UV 2014)

Shirley-Anne McMillan is a writer and tutor from Co. Down, Northern Ireland. She also runs a Gay Straight Alliance group and an Integration project in a local high school. Following the 2014 Undiscovered Voices anthology, Shirley signed with agent Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Books: Widows’ Row (Amazon Create Space, 2012), A Good Hiding (Atom, 2016), The Unknowns (Atom 2017), and Every Sparrow Falling (Atom Sept. 2019)

Agent: Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates.

Twitter: @shirleyannemcm


Sarah Merrett (Writer – UV 2018)

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: Lydia Silver, Darley Anderson Children’s Literary Agency

Twitter: @sjmerrett1

Catherine Miller (Writer – UV 2016)

Catherine Miller

Catherine Miller grew up in south-east London, reading everything and anything, including cereal boxes. After reading Classics at Oxford she lived in Greece for a year before returning to London to teach English in secondary schools. Catherine writes under the name Catherine Queen.

Her entry in the UV2016 anthology was called The Hunt Is On.


Twitter: @cathqueenwrites

John Morgan (Illustrator – UV 2016)

John Morgan

As a child, John Morgan discovered a love of writing and drawing – mixing words and pictures to make stories. As a Keeper of Art and teacher, he studied the history of picture books. Following an MA in Writing for Children, he is developing his own illustrations and picture book ideas. His illustration on the UV2016 anthology was called ‘The Giant Was Furious With Jack’ illustrating Jack and the Tower Block

Hannah Mosley (Illustrator – UV 2018)

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.



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