News and Events

Dinosaur: The Musical, August 2016

13 and 17 August 2016, 11 am: Dinosaur:The Musical is a play written for young people by my daughter, Sara Gatland. It will be performed at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, as part of their Theater for Young Audiences program this summer. You can buy tickets here. Sara's blogged about writing it here. I have nothing to do with it, but I will be in the audience feeling proud! Info and tickets available here.

22 August, 2016: "The Great YA Debate" is a panel taking place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the Garden Theatre from 7.30 - 9.00 p.m. I'm really thrilled to have been asked to represent the SCBWI here by the Southeast Scotland team. More details available on the EIBF website here.

8 October 2016: Children’s Africana Book Awards Festival, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC. Details to follow, but you can learn more about the Children's Africana Book Awards on the Africa Access Website here.

15-16 October 2016: Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors at the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island. Details to follow.

See also the recorded conference that took place 19-20 June, 2016: Exclusive interview with Diana Sousa as part of Books(dot)Con online conference. Take a look at the conference schedule and join in! 





Yay!YA, April 2016

21 April 2016: Yay YA is Scotland's new book festival for YA fiction, taking place at the Cumbernauld Theatre in Cumbernauld from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Join me with organizer Kirkland Ciccone and Victoria Gemmell, Roy Gill Alex 'Scald' McCall, Catherine MacPhail, Estelle Maskame, and Alex Nye. Any school in Scotland can register for tickets on a first come, first served basis - details available here.


Edinburgh International Book Fair Panel Event - How to Survive Being Published, 20 Aug 2015

Organized by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, this is a chance to chat with a fabulous panel, including authors Jane Yolen, Nicola Morgan, Christina Banach, and me! We're also lucky to be welcoming agent Amber Caravéo from Skylark Literary. Following last year's inaugural SCBWI panel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the 2015 industry panel question-and-answer will look at "How to survive being published."

This informal Q&A session will take in the challenges of publicity, protecting writing time, and other unexpected bumps that a debut author may encounter – or that veteran authors may encounter as the industry and expectations of self-marketing continue to change. 

The event takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday 20 August 2015 from 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. Further details and registration information can be found here on the SCBWI website.


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