The future of children’s book - a unique opportunity for Highland and Islands authors

Kate Wilson - MD of new, independent childrens books and apps publishing company Nosy Crow - will speak at the event. Photo: Dominic Turner

Kate Wilson - MD of new, independent childrens books and apps publishing company Nosy Crow - will speak at the event. Photo: Dominic Turner

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WRITERS in the Highlands and Islands have a unique opportunity to gain vital insights and information on the latest trends in children’s publishing and what publishers are currently looking for, at two events in Inverness hosted by two of the industry’s leading figures.

Kate Wilson, managing director of highly innovative and original children’s publisher Nosy Crow, and Kathryn Ross of Scotland’s leading literary agency for children’s authors Fraser Ross Associates, will lead the sessions on Wednesday 5th June at the Mercure Hotel, Inverness.

Part of the GoNorth creative showcase, both events are free to attend and provide an opportunity not to be missed as Peter Urpeth, HI~Arts Talent Development Manager for writing, said: “I strongly urge any writer who is serious about writing for children to get to Inverness on 5th June.

“This is a terrific opportunity for writers in the Highlands and Islands to get the kind of information and insight that can really make a difference to a writer’s career, and to get that information from two leading figures - both nationally and internationally - in the children’s publishing industry.

Literary Agent, Kathryn Ross, will lead the session ‘Trends - Children’s Writing and Publishing’, focussing on market trends for children’s books and the type of children’s books publishers are now looking for - especially books for the mid-age ranges.

The children’s publishing industry is a fast-moving and dynamic sector and writers really need to know the types of books and subjects that publishers are looking for, and there is no better source of that information that Kathryn Ross.

Kathryn and Lindsey Fraser formed literary agency Fraser Ross Associates in 2002 after running the Scottish Book Trust for ten years. Kathryn has been on the judging panel of a number of prestigious literary prizes, and is in demand as a reviewer of children’s books, and has edited a number of anthologies.

In ‘Reading The Future’ Kate Wilson introduces the work of digital pioneering company, Nosy Crow - IPG Children’s Publisher of the Year; publishers of high-quality books for children aged 0 to 14 years, and innovative makers of multimedia, interactive apps for tablets, smart phones and other touch-screen devices, specially created to tell stories to children in new and engaging ways.

In the session Kate Wilson will also look at the future of children’s books, reading and digital developments for the children’s entertainment market.

Kate is Managing Director of Nosy Crow – a new independent company, publishing children’s books and apps – and has 25 years’ publishing experience, mainly in children’s books.

She has held senior management roles in publishing including MD of Macmillan Children’s Books and Group MD of Scholastic UK Ltd. She cares about good books, design, literacy and technology.

Peter Urpeth continued: “Children’s publishing is a thriving but very dynamic and demanding industry, and without up to date knowledge, awareness, insight and guidance it can be a minefield for writers.

“There are significant new opportunities for writers who know what to write, what to pitch to publishers and how to promote their work, and these sessions will provide that kind of specific information.

“There can also be no doubt that a major new sector of the industry is digital story-telling and apps for children, and Kate Wilson and Nosy Crow are absolute leaders and innovators in that field and ‘Reading The Future’ will be an eye-opener for many who think they know about children’s books.”

Both sessions take place on Wednesday 5th June at the Mercure Hotel, Inverness. Full details can be found on the GoNorth website at www.gonorthfestival.co.uk/festival-programme