Authors

Alake Pilgrim

Alake Pilgrim writes from the uncanny islands of Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean, where people are connected to Africa, India, China, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, thanks to the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship, and an MA in Latin American …

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Ebinehita Iyere

Ebinehita Iyere founded Milk Honey Bees in 2017 as a creative and expressive safe space for young Black women and girls in South London. She is a passionate public speaker, mentor and advocate for young people across London, and is currently completing her PhD on the complexities and flaws in the education system as per …

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Polly Ho-Yen

Polly Ho-Yen used to be a primary school teacher in London and, while she was teaching there, she used to get up very early in the morning to write stories. The first of those stories is BOY IN THE TOWER. Her books have been shortlisted for, among others awards, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and …

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Lizzie Huxley-Jones

Lizzie Huxley-Jones (they/them) is an autistic author and editor based in London. They are the author of the forthcoming queer holiday rom-com Make You Mine. This Christmas (2022) from Hodder Studio and fantasy middle grade series Vivi. Conway and the Sword of Legend (2023) from Knights Of. They write joyful stories that centre queerness and …

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Sharna Jackson

Sharna Jackson is an author and curator who specialises in developing and delivering socially-engaged initiatives for children and young people across culture, publishing and entertainment. Her debut novel High-Rise Mystery, released in 2019, has won numerous awards and accolades including Best Book for Younger Readers at the 2020 Waterstones Book Prize and Sunday Times Book …

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Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang’s family immigrated from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang – helping her parents manage several motels. Her only sanctuary was the library, where she could immerse herself in the world of a book, and where the librarians …

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Candice Carty-Williams

Candice Carty – Williams is a writer and author of the Sunday Times bestselling Queenie. Queenie has been described as ‘vital’, ‘disarmingly honest’, and ‘boldly political’, and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads Book of 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year. In 2016, Candice created and launched …

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Burhana Islam

Born in Bangladesh, raised in Newcastle and currently residing in the outskirts of Manchester, Burhana Islam is a storyteller who is passionate about exploring themes of heritage, belonging, identity and faith in her work. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University before deciding to become a secondary school teacher, sharing her love for stories with …

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Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a critically acclaimed writer and poet and the winner of more than 25 US and International Awards, including the 2018 Edgar Award, LA Times Book Prize, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor and twice winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award.

Gabrielle Kent

Gabrielle grew up in the 1980’s riding her bike into trouble, drawing castles and dragons, reading comics, and playing games on her best friend’s Atari Recently, her experience of childhood in the eighties came together with her love of writing and videogames when she was asked to write a series of novels based on the …

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