African literature for young readers

Deborah Ahenkorah founder of the Golden Baobab Award and publisher at African Bureau Stories and I are working on a new project.  We are in search of African writers working in the area of fiction for young readers in order to mentor, edit and find publishers for their works.  The aim of the project is to introduce wonderful authors, living and working on the African … Continue reading African literature for young readers

Celebrity authors, review inches and how we reach children readers.

I posted this on the SCOOP blog which pretty much sums up my thoughts on the celebrity author debate.    I would love to hear your thoughts and all ideas on how to tackle the lack of review space for children’s books would be more than welcome.         Continue reading Celebrity authors, review inches and how we reach children readers.

SCOOP MAGAZINE writing opportunity

SCOOP Magazine’s June issue will focus on the theme of Innovation and Invention – good ideas that changed the world, audacious ideas that entertained the world, flops that had secret powers, ideas that people had huge faith in that never amounted to much… you get the idea!    If you would like to us to consider your work please send an email with a short … Continue reading SCOOP MAGAZINE writing opportunity

MENTORSHIP SCHEME UPDATE – decisions have been made

It was, as they say, a tough decision.  First to make a shortlist and then to make a final choice on the writers that would be mentored this year.  The novels that were sent in represented a wide range of voice and style from social issues to high fantasy.  But each and everyone on the shortlist had really fantastic standout qualities and the real problem … Continue reading MENTORSHIP SCHEME UPDATE – decisions have been made


I am excited to start reading the submissions from authors for the mentorship programme and thank you everyone who applied.  I shall try to get back to everyone, one way or another, quickly so there is not too much waiting.  I also look forward to confirming and announcing the exciting mentors who will work with authors on fine tuning manuscripts, professionalising social media, polishing presentation … Continue reading MENTORING SUBMISSIONS ARE IN