About Us

We are a team of experienced children’s publishing and creative writing professionals providing inspiration, industry-led direction and networking opportunities to talented writers for children.

Led by Imogen Cooper, formerly Editorial Director for The Chicken House, Golden Egg provides talks, workshops, and one2one editorial support. We cater for writers who wish to submit their work to agents and publishers. Golden Egg works closely with Barry Cunningham at The Chicken House, Kate Shaw at The Viney Shaw Agency, Klaus Flugge at Andersen Press, Tessa David at Peters, Fraser + Dunlop and has strong links with other publishing houses and literary agents.

Meet our team

Click on any member of our team’s photo to learn more about them.

Imogen Cooper

Founder and Managing Director

Dr Vanessa Harbour

Head of Academic Relations and Business, Mentor and Workshop Leader

Matilda Johnson

Golden Egg North Programme Leader, Industry Specialist and Mentor

Maurice Lyon

Industry Specialist and Mentor

Abigail Kohlhoff

Managing Editor, Wales and South West Programme Leader

Hannah Featherstone

Industry Specialist and Mentor

Adamma Okonkwo

Golden Egg Editor and Submissions Coordinator

Charlotte Maslen

South East Programme Leader and Golden Egg Editor

Annaliese Avery

Scotland Programme Leader and Golden Egg Editor

Nicki Marshall

Admission Reports and Mentor

Jenny Glencross

Industry Specialist and Mentor

Penny Thomas

Industry Specialist

Hayley Fairhead

Golden Egg Editor

Tessa Strickland

Picture Book Programme Leader and Mentor

Jo Collins

Picture Book Admissions Coordinator and Mentor

Beverley Birch

Workshop Leader and Industry Specialist

Bella Pearson

Workshop Leader and Industry Specialist

Guest Speakers