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 and Mentor

Maurice Lyon

Mentor and Workshop Leader

Abigail Kohlhoff

Managing Editor, Wales and South West Programme Leader

Emma Greenwood

Golden Egg Editor

Adamma Okonkwo

Golden Egg Editor, Submissions Coordinator

Charlotte Maslen

South East Programme Leader

Sarah Levison


Nicki Marshall

Admission Reports and Mentor

Jenny Glencross


Tessa Strickland

Picture Book Programme Leader and Mentor

Jo Collins

Picture Book Admissions Coordinator and Mentor

Beverley Birch

Workshop Leader

Bella Pearson

Workshop Leader

Guest Speakers

Hayley Fairhead

Golden Egg Editor

Penny Thomas

Industry Specialist