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 405+ 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.
- Discover our finalists A to F here
- Discover our finalists G to M here
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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.
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!
She was featured in the PaperBound Magazine (Winter 2020) after winning a competition.
Awards: Runner up for the 2018 Stratford Literary Festival Children’s Competition.
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 reworkings 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
Matthew Olson-Roy (Writer – UV 2018)
Since completing his Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, Matthew has been working to create stories with LGBTQ+ characters and third culture kids for middle grade and young adult readers. He also enjoys finding unique approaches to voice and humour in his writing, which earned him recognition in his UV entry, The Spy Who Grounded Me.
Matthew lives with his husband and their two children in the Netherlands, where he works as a teacher-librarian at the Amsterdam International Community School. His family also runs a restaurant, so you usually know where you can find him writing in the evenings and weekends.
Awards: Runner-up 2018 A.M. Heath Prize and Nominee 2016 Pushcart Prize
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, paintbrush 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
Serena Patel (Writer – UV 2018)
Serena Patel is the author of the Anisha, Accidental Author series which won the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award for Fiction.
She lives in the West Midlands with her family and has worked as an events coordinator for a number of years.
Serena believes all children deserve to feel seen in the stories they read and that books are an important tool for empathy.
When she’s not writing Serena enjoys watching movies, reading and eating cake. Chocolate cake preferred.
Books: Anisha, Accidental Detective (Usborne, 2020), Anisha, Accidental Detective: Schools Cancelled (Usborne, 2020), and Anisha, Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble (Usborne, July 2021).
First book in the Anisha Mistry Series (Usborne. September 2019
Agent: Kate Shaw, The Shaw Agency
Awards: Winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Prize for Fiction 2020. Shortlisted: Blue Peter Book Awards (Winner to be announced)
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 likes 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.
Winner of the Wirral Schools Book Award, Leeds Book Award, Cheshire Schools Book Award. Published in UK, US, Turkey, Poland and Russia
Young Adult Books: Angel’s Fury (Egmont, 2011), The Weight of Souls (Strange Chemistry, 2013), Phoenix Rising (Stripes, June 2015), Wavefunction (Telos, 2016), Phoenix Burning (Stripes, 2016) Windrunner’s Daughter (Telos, 2017), Savage Island (Stripes, 2017), Raising Hell (UCLAN, 2021), and Cruel Castle (Stripes, 2021).
Adult Books: The Girl on the Platform (Avon, 2021)
Short stories in anthologies: Now we are Ten, Stories from the Edge, Once Upon a Parsec, Soot and Steel, and No More Heroes.
Agent: Catherine Pellegrino, Marjacq.
Awards: Wirral Schools Book Award, The Cheshire Schools Award 2013, and longlisted for Branford Boase 2012.
Nicola Penfold (Writer – UV 2018)
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.
Nicola’s first book, and her shortlisted UV entry, is Where the World Turns Wild and was published by Little Tiger Press in 2020. It was chosen as a BookTrust secondary school library pack title for 2020/21.
Books: Where the World Turns Wild (Little Tiger Press, 2020) and Between Sea and Sky (Little Tiger Press, July 2021).
Awards: Where the World Turns Wild – Shortlisted: Alexandra Palace Biblio-Buzz Children’s Book Award, the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year, the Cumbria Secondary Schools Library Book Award and Dudley Children’s Book Award
Agent: Gillie Russell, Found
Esther Peces (Illustrator – UV 2016)
Esther is an illustrator and art teacher originally from Spain.
She has published three children books and her drawings and animations were used to celebrate El Museo del Prado´s 200 anniversary.
She lives on the South coast of Spain and teaches art at the high school level, she loves writing, playing the piano, and all artistic things.
You can find her now working on a book full of artistic experiments and defending environmental causes.
Books: We Defeated the Queen Coronavirus (2020), The Knight of the Broken Castle (2018), and La Bruja Pinreles (2018).
Awards: 2020 First prize, Versiona Thyssen Contest; 2016 Undiscovered Voices Award; 2015 SAIC Leadership Award; 2014 Morton Salt GirlScholarship; 2014 Dean´s List SAIC; and 2012 Merit’s Scholarship SAIC.
Janet Catherine Gibson Pickering (Illustrator – UV 2018)
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!
Rachel Quarry (Illustrator – UV 2012)
Rachel graduated from the Cambridge MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2017.
She exhibits her artwork in Buckinghamshire and Oxford and makes designs for an online craft outlet.
Her UV winning illustration in 2012 was entitled ‘By the Light of the Moon,’ and depicted a singing baboon.
Books: Colin the Chameleon (Starfish Bay Publishing, 2018), Polly and the New Baby (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Bertie’s Bottom (Starfish Bay Publishing, 2020)
Awards: Stratford-Salariya Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2017.
Matt Ralphs (Writer – UV 2014)
Matt Ralphs worked as an editor for many years, and now writes children’s non-fiction and middle grade fiction, often with a focus on history, myths and folklore.
He lives on the Grand Union Canal on a boat called Nostromo.
Books: Fire Girl (Macmillan Childrens Books, 2015), Fire Witch (Macmillan Children’s Books, 2016), Skyward Bound (Oxford University Press, 2019), Season of the Witch (Flying Eye Books, 2020), Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales: The Art of the Game (Titan Books, 2021) and Norse Myths (Dorling Kindersley Ltd, July 2021).
Agent: Alice Williams, Alice Williams Literary
Paula Rawsthorne (Writer – UV 2010)
Paula writes thrillers for Young Adults and enjoys doing author visits to schools around the country.
She also loves being a writer in residence for ‘First Story’.
She’s written four novels and her short stories have been published in anthologies for YA and adults.
She lives in Nottingham with her family.
Books: The Truth About Celia Frost (Usborne, 2011), Blood Tracks (Usborne, 2013), These Seven (Five Leaves Publishing, 2015), Stories From The Edge – YA anthology (Albury Books, 2016), Shell (Scholastic 2018) and The New Boy (Scholastic, 2019).
Awards: The Truth About Celia Frost won The Leeds Book Award 2012, 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, and 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, and The St. Helen’s Book Award.
Shell won The North East Teen Book Award, The Derbyshire Book Award, The Hampshire Book Award, The NWS Speculative Fiction Award. Shortlisted for The GDST Book Award, Warwickshire Book Award, and The Lancashire Book Award
Agent: Clare Conville, Conville and Walsh
Website: Paula Rawsthorne
Kate Read (Illustrator – UV 2018)
Kate Read is a 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.
Books: One Fox (Two Hoots, Macmillan, 2020) and BOO! A Fishy Mystery (Two Hoots, Macmillan, 2021).
Agent: Hilary Delamere, The Agency
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 writing a new novel– in snatched and borrowed moments – alongside a series of practical books that nurture Creativity.
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) ‘The Salt Child’, The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3 (Mother’s Milk Books, 2017), ‘Wild Man’, The Forgotten and the Fantastical 4 (Mother’s Milk 2018), ‘Airpocalypse’, Nothing Is As It Was (Retreat West Books, 2017) and ‘Brick’, The Word For Freedom (Retreat West Books, 2018).
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 and the School for Princesses.
Portia also illustrated the adult fiction titles Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke (Bloomsbury, 2004), The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas (The Folio Society, 2011) and The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring (Quercus Books, 2013).
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, Susan has taken part in The Hook at the annual SCBWI Conference in Winchester.
She continues to write gritty, emotional books for people of all ages.
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 fiction and non-fiction, Kate Scott is a children’s TV scriptwriter, script-editor, storyline consultant, poet, and playwright. She has written for shows on CBeebies, C5, CITV, Disney and Netflix. She was the script-editor for the animation-film, A Christmas Letter, narrated by Kate Winslet (Sky) and she was recently commissioned to write the treatment for a 45-minute TV film special based on the classic children’s series, Brambly Hedge, by Jill Barklem. Her plays have been performed at fringe festivals and her poems broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Kate co-founded the Book Pen Pals programme with Sara O’Connor in May 2018.
Books: Thirty-seven titles published in approximately eight countries to date including: five novels published with Piccadilly Press (Bonnier) – the Spies in Disguise series (2013, 2014, 2015) and the standalone novels Giant (2017) and Just Jack (2018); five educational fiction titles and one non-fiction title published with HarperCollins (2011 to 2021); seven educational fiction titles and eight non-fiction titles published with Oxford University Press (2013 to 2021); two educational fiction titles published with Pearson (2013); two non-fiction titles published under the Rising Stars imprint (Hodder, 2019); two non-fiction titles published in the Penguin Random House Extraordinary Lives series (both 2019); poetry collections with Peterloo Poets and HappenStance (2003, 2010) and work in several poetry anthologies.
Awards: Winner: Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2015 (for Spies in Disguise: Boy in Tights). Giant shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2017, nominated for the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2018, longlisted for the 2018 Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award, and shortlisted for the Portsmouth Shorter Novel Book Award 2018; Just Jack shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2018 (Quality Fiction category), the Portsmouth Shorter Novel Book Award 2019 and nominated for the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2019–2020.
Agents: Eve White, Eve White Literary Agency (Books) and Jean Kitson, Kitson Press Associates (Scriptwriting)
Deborah Sheehy (Illustrator – UV 2018)
Born in Glasgow, Deborah has lived in lands near and far, including the Philippines, India and Wales, and the Isle of Bute where she became a full-time artist in 2015.
She is inspired by a love of stories and animals of all furs and feathers.
Books: Ape with a Cape (Starfish Bay Publishing, 2020) and The Debonair Bear (Starfish Bay Publishing, TBC).
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 neighbourhood 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.
Jacob Turner (Illustrator – UV 2018)
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.
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.
Sally Walker (Illustrator – UV 2018)
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.
Awards: Silver Award 2016 Golden Pinwheels, Finalist in the Tragaluz International Illustration award 2017, and Shortlisted Communication Arts 2017 Illustration awards.
Agent: Jen Rofé, Andrea brown Literary Agency
Annie Walmsley (Writer – UV 2018)
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.
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.
Laura Warminger (Writer – UV 2020)
Laura wrote her first book when she was eleven years old and hasn’t stopped writing since.
After being included in the UV2020 anthology Laura won a place on the Write Mentor Summer Programme and she is working on a new middle-grade adventure with the Golden Egg Academy.
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 local history, myth, and magic.
She now lives happily by the sea with her family and her enormous pets.
Imogen’s road to publication started by entering Undiscovered Voices.
Books: The Amber Pendant: The Rose Muddle Mysteries (Usborne, June 2017) and The Secret Ruby: The Rose Muddle Mysteries (Usborne, 2018). Her short stories, ELVA, (2019) are on permanent display at Brighton Museum, she also wrote The Palace Cat for Fulham Palace (2021).
Awards: Debut of the month LoveReading4Kids June 2017. Longlisted: The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award 2018.
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 / Chicken House Prize in 2016.
Harriet Worrell (Writer – UV 2020)
Harriet writes flash fiction, middle grade and young adult.
Writing started as a form of therapy and is still an escape from the day!
She lives in Cheshire with her daughter and too many animals!
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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