Published Eggs

The Golden Egg Academy Hall of Fame

Alex Campbell

With a degree in English, Alex Campbell moved into PR and copywriting. She now lives near Bath where she works and writes. Alex runs several workshops for Golden Egg which can be found on the events page.
Twitter: @ACampbellWrites

Land (nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016)

Published September 2014
Hot Key Books
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Mentored by Nicki Marshall
The sea rose. Civilisation was wiped out, countries drowned. Out of the ashes of a desperate refugee camp, a new society was born, with a new place to call home: Land. Trapped by an aggressive sea, its citizens were bound to rules that saw the weak removed, marriage and children by approval only, and designated work for all. All for the greater good…
From the moment I started reading LAND, I was hooked. Alex's voice is so strong, so confident, that I couldn't believe this was a debut work. The premise of LAND is simple, and perhaps one you think is familiar-sounding - a flooded world, a cruel and ruthless society governed by a powerful system of have and have-nots - but trust me, LAND is different. Forget the dystopian elements of Christy's story - this is a political thriller, and an Orwellian one at that. Christy's struggle to decide who she wants to be - the puppet of her family's choices, or a young woman capable of love and a future of her own - is a tense, taught and completely gripping read. I can't recommend you pick it up enough!
Naomi Colthurst, Editor

Perdita and Honor Cargill

Perdita worked as a tax barrister before giving up her career to pursue writing. With the help of her daughter, Honor, they created the side-splitting character, Elektra.
Twitter: @perditact

Waiting for Callback

Simon and Schuster
Published January 2016
Hannah Sheppard, DHH Literary Agency
Mentored by Nicki Marshall
When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of 'Dead Girl Number Three' without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills? 
Off-stage things aren't going well either - she's fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra's life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring - waiting for callback. 
Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?
Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series! I was thrilled to receive a proof copy of 'Waiting for Callback' and have been raving about it ever since. The fact that it's written by mother & daughter team Perdita & Honor is intriguing in itself . Yet what stands out for me is the writing- tight, confident, HILARIOUS. Waiting For Callback got me out of a reading slump. I can honestly say it's one of my favourite reads of 2015. It's hard to believe it's a debut!

Liz Flanagan

LIZ FLANAGAN writes for children and young adults. She’s currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University. Liz lives in Hebden Bridge with her husband and two daughters. She used to be Centre Director at the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, and previously worked in children’s book publishing.
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Eden Summer (nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2017, nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2017)

David Fickling Books
Agented by Ben Illis, The BIA
Published July 2016
Mentored by Maurice Lyon
IT STARTS like any other day for Jess – get up, draw on eyeliner, cover up tattoos and head to school. But soon it’s clear this is no ordinary day, because Jess’s best friend Eden isn’t at school . . . she’s gone missing. So Jess decides to retrace the summer she and Eden have just spent together. But looking back means digging up all their buried secrets and she starts to question everything she thought Eden’s summer had been about ... A tense and thrilling journey through friendship, loss, betrayal and self-discovery.

Julie Fulton

Julie lives in Worcestershire where she teaches music, sings, dances, reads, grows vegetables, occasionally goes narrow boating and writes - not necessarily always in that order and definitely not all at the same time. She tried that once with disastrous results, though it did give her an idea for a new picture book story. She has an amazingly patient husband.

Bears Don't Eat Egg Sandwiches

Published November 2017
Maverick Press
Mentored by Tessa Strickland
When a boy-hungry bear comes calling Jack must use all his wiles to avoid becoming lunch!

Simon Green


Published by Scholastic UK 2017
Agented by Joanna Moult, Skylark Literary Agency
Mentored by Jenny Glencross
When 15 year-old Noah is caught inadvertently snogging best mate Harry, he desperately tries to prove that he definitely, absolutely, isn’t gay.

Instead, he makes a girl pregnant (without having sex with her), helps his potty-mouthed Gran escape her care home, and harbours an internationally wanted criminal in his garden shed.

Noah’s world becomes nuts, especially when he realises that, gay or straight, it’s his life. And Harry might just be the best thing in it.

Lorraine Gregory

Lorraine is co-founder of #ukmgchat which enables writers, agents, editors and publisher of fiction for 8-12 year olds share their experience and expertise. Lorraine is a compulsive reader and writer and obtaining a publishing contract with OUP has seen her dream come to life.
Twitter: @authorontheedge

Mold and the Poison Plot

Oxford University Press
Spring 2017
Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
Mentored by Maurice Lyon/Imogen Cooper
Mold’s a bit of a freak.  His nose is as big as his body is puny and his ma abandoned him in a bin when he was a mere baby.  Who else but the drunk old healer, Aggy, would have taken him into her hovel in the Dregs and raised him as her own? 

But Mold’s courage and heart are bigger even than his nose, so when Aggy is accused of poisoning the King, Mold sets out to clear her name.  His quest takes him to the great city of Westenberg and the royal castle itself, and then into the dangerous swamplands of the boggers.  In a thrilling race against time to save Aggy from the hangman’s noose, Mold faces hideous, deadly monsters like the yurg, the purple narlo frog and the scarlet coral fish.  He finds true friendship in the most unusual – and smelly – of places and must pit his wits and his clever nose against the evil witch Hexaba and her son, Bludengore.  The more he searches the more he finds out about the bloody history of his lands and the mysterious lost tribe, the Dai Kurlin.  Can he save Aggy and stop a terrible war before it’s too late? 

Mold and his friends Fergus and Prince Iric are unlikely, heart-squeezing heroes in a vividly imagined world.  This compelling and entertaining debut is sure to captivate young readers, who will delight in the unique voice and personality of Mold.

Sue Hampton

After completing a degree in English Sue trained as a teacher. Her first novel was published in 2007, since then she has been a full time writer.
Twitter: @SueAuthor

Thinner Than Water

Candy Jar Press
Published February 2015
Mentored by Christine O’Brien
Kim Braddock and Fizzy Duvall have never met. Kim’s a passionate footballer with a repertoire of impressions, a temper and a dark sense of humour. Fizzy’s a shy, romantic idealist who wants to please everyone. All they have in common is a very big city, one black parent and one white – and the same fifteenth birthday. When their identities are overturned, they form a bond that changes them both, as two families struggle with the truth. But as conflict deepens, is their connection strong enough to survive?
Contemporary, insightful, humorous and touching, Sue Hampton has written an authentic picture of what it’s like to be mixed-race London teenagers on opposite sides of the social tracks.
Christine O’Brien, Golden Egg Academy

Rhian Ivory

Rhian was born in Swansea. She has a degree in Literature from Aberystwyth and has trained as a Drama and English teacher.
Twitter: @Rhian_Ivory

The Boy Who Drew the Future (nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2017)

Published September 2015
Firefly Publishing
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
Two boys, over a hundred years apart, have the same gift or curse – they draw things that come true. Blaze (1860s) swaps his pictures for protections, with threats of the workhouse and witch trials hanging over him. Noah (2010s) tries all he can to stop drawing, but the more he fights, the more it takes over. He just wants to pass for normal in his new school. As he gets closer to Beth, will he give himself away? One boy hiding in the past, one in the present. Can their futures set them free?
Two boys are linked by parallel stories in this atmospheric thriller from Rhian Ivory. Blaze and Noah are both 15 and both live in the same village, Sible Hedingham. Both have the same ability, to draw the future. Is it a gift or a curse? What makes the story so absorbing is that Noah is a modern teenager while Blaze is a boy accused of witchcraft in the 1860s. I liked the historical feel to the Blaze chapters, and Noah is an engaging character, especially with his insecurities over a blossoming romance with Beth. Secrets start to emerge as danger grows and Ivory keeps the tension high in this taut novel.

Gabrielle Kent

Gabrielle has worked in the entertainment industry since the late 90s. She is now working as a senior lecturer and Deputy Head of the computer games department at Teeside University. She has appeared in the Top 100 women in the games industry on multiple occasions and helped organise the first annual conference for Women in Games. Gabrielle is a strong advocate for encouraging women to pursue careers in video games.
Twitter: @GabrielleKent

Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle

Scholastic (three book deal)
Published June 2015
Ben Illis, The BIA
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
Alfie Bloom is just an ordinary boy. Until he receives a letter summoning him to raven-like solicitor Caspian Bone’s office. Here Alfie learns that he has inherited a castle. And through mysterious circumstances surrounding his birth, he has also been entrusted as the caretaker of a centuries-old magic. Unfortunately for Alfie, dangerous forces are after this powerful magic. With the help of his cousins Maddie and Robin, Artan the flying bearskin rug, and Ashford (a rather special butler), Alfie must keep the magic safe from terrifying adversaries and make sure the secrets of Hexbridge Castle stay secret for ever…
A cracking read for anyone who loves a magical adventure.
The Sunday Express
This book has a little of everything, time-travel, magic, mystery and an enigmatic butler! It is a satisfying story of good versus evil and little verses big that will resonate with young readers. The characters are affable and adventurous and the well-paced story-telling will keep you hooked to the end.

Jennifer Killick

Jennifer lives in London, in a house full of children, animals and Lego. When she isn’t busy mothering or step-mothering (which isn’t often) she loves to read, write and run, as fast as she can. She believes the solution to any problem will arrive when you are feeding the ducks, but mind you don’t get bitten by a swan – it hurts! Jennifer’s favourite things are books, fluffy slippers and leather jackets and her favourite place in the world is her home, where she can sit in her pyjamas with her laptop and a cup of tea, coming up with funny story ideas.
Twitter: @JenniferKillick

Alex Sparrow and the Big Stink

Published June 2017
Firelfy Press
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
Alex Sparrow is a human lie-detector. Whenever he hears a lie, his ear farts; only he can hear it but everyone can smell it. Jess Lawler can communicate with animals, but when she listens to their thoughts, her body spasms uncontrollably. Alex and Jess have nothing in common, but they find they must work together to find out why, one by one, the children at their school are changing; becoming cringingly polite and perfectly behaved. With the help of Bob, Alex’s obsessive compulsive goldfish, the race is on to expose whoever is behind the chilling transformations. In a world where kids’ flaws and peculiarities are being erased out of existence, Alex and Jess must rely on what makes them different to save the day.

Anna Mainwaring

Anna Mainwaring first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ when she was seven and she hasn’t stopped reading since. Represented by the Anne Clark Agency, Anna’s debut novel, “Rebel with a Cupcake” follows sixteen year old Jesobel Jones through the joy and pain of being a teenager in the modern world; first love, friendship, embarrassing families, and asks the big questions in life: how much cake is it really acceptable to eat? Jesobel has gone international and will be published in the US/Canada and two further countries in translation. After studying English at university, Anna made the foolish decision to work in corporate finance, not the best career choice for someone who a) is number dyslexic b) hates anything corporate. After travelling, Anna re-trained as an English teacher and works in a girls’ school in Cheshire. When not writing, teaching or looking after her children, Anna can generally be found walking up a big hill, looking for inspiration.

Rebel with a Cupcake

Published spring 2018
KCP Loft
Anne Clark, Anne Clark Literary Agency
Worked with Maurice Lyon
A contemporary teen comedy about a girl under societal pressure to be nothing short of perfect.

Maya Gabrielle a.k.a. M.G.Leonard

Maya has a degree in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London. She currently works at the National Theatre as Senior Digital Producer. Maya has trained as an actor and tried her hand at directing and producing before writing her own stories.
Twitter: @MGLnrd

Beetle Boy (nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2017, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017)

The Chicken House (three book deal)
Published March 2016
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles, and pits him against the mad-scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, an haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects. A darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.
Filled with dastardly villains and plucky children, ‘Beetle Boy’ is reminiscent of classic children’s books such as ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ and ‘Paddington’ but roots itself firmly in the 21st century. I loved it.
Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller

Olivia Levez

Olivia is an English teacher, living in Worcestershire. When she’s not teaching she can be found writing in her sea-side caravan.
Twitter: @livilev

The Island

Oneworld Publishing
Published March 2016
Darley Anderson
Mentored on her previous novel by Imogen Cooper
There were friends once, but they melted away. Things are different now I’m a monster.
Frances is alone on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She has to find water and food. She has to
survive. And when she is there she also thinks about the past. The things that she did before. The things that made her a monster.
Nothing is easy. Survival is hard. And so is being honest about the past. Frances is a survivor though and she sees that the future is worth fighting for.
The Island is a gripping and thoughtful story about a girl who didn’t ask to be the person she is, but is also determined to make herself the person she wants to be.
All is not lost, but some things are hard to find.
It is a pulse-quickening read with real heart by a hugely exciting new voice who I very much look forward to publishing and bringing to readers.
Sarah Odedina, Publisher.

James Nicol

Twitter: @JamesENicol

The Apprentice Witch (nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2017)

The Chicken House
Published July 2016
Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
Mentored by Bella Pearson
In the Four Kingdoms, witches use a set of five magical symbols, called glyphs, to control the natural flow of magic in the world. But Arianwyn Gribble, a young apprentice witch, studying in the capital of Kingsport, has seen a sixth glyph for as long as she can remember, a glyph that has always heralded trouble and darkness, like the death of her mother.

Posted to the obscure town of Lill, Arianwyn meets Salle Bowen, a failed student of drama, and the two girls strike up a friendship. Arianwyn immediately sets about a long list of witchly duties, with her grandmother’s handbook forever at her side. Many of her spells go wrong, but things get worse when Gimma, her nemesis from Kingsport, comes to Lull. Gimma is the favourite niece of the Mayor and she sets about charming and winning over the town in a way Arianwyn could only dream of. However, it turns out that in spite of her charm, Gimma is a hopeless witch.

Meanwhile, something is very wrong in the Great Wood of Lull, and Gimma only makes matters worse by opening a rift. The wood is now rampant with spirits and wild pockets of magic and the dark spells grow uncontrollably – endangering the whole town… Will Arianwyn be able to face her fears and save Lull before it’s too late?
James lives in Cambridge where he works as a librarian. He grew up on authors such as Ursula le Guin and Roald Dahl who inspired his own magical fairy tale.

Lucy van Smit

Hurts So Good

Published by Chicken House Books
Agented by Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates
Mentored by Maurice Lyon
Insta-love is a cosmic joke, right? City girl, Ellie Lambe saw it mess up her best friend. Every time. It’s safer to hide feelings in her songwriting, but that won’t save Ellie, when her family move to the Norwegian Fjords, and she falls for a boy who loves wolves. Lukas unlocks her every dream, her every fear. He tricks Ellie into abducting a baby, and heartbroken, Ellie learns there is something more dangerous than love, the risk of not being herself.

Lisa Williamson

Lisa was born and raised in Nottingham. After graduating from university she moved into a career as an actor. Lisa worked as an administrator at the Gender Identity Development Service in London for two years. The GIDS is an NHS service dedicated to helping under-eighteens who are struggling with their identity. The young people Lisa met here inspired her ground-breaking novel, The Art of Being Normal.
Twitter: @lisa_letters

The Art of Being Normal (nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016)

Published January 2015
David Fickling Books
Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates
Mentored by Bella Pearson
Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school, Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in Year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long . . .
Lisa Williamson's debut YA novel The Art of Being Normal is a powerful tale of a transgender teenager's struggle with identity. Although the prejudice the characters face is depressing – and we see how easy it is to make assumptions about what is a "typical" boy or girl – there is hope, not least in the love and understanding that some of the friends and family members display.

Kate Wiseman

Gangster School

Three book publishing deal with Piper Verlag, Germany
Shortlisted for the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children's Writing
Shortlisted for the Children's Funny Prize at the Winchester Writers' Festival
Runner up for the Greenhouse Funny Prize
Agented by Therese Coen, Madeline Milburn's Agency
Mentored by Maurice Lyon
Blaggard's teaches Thievery, Plotting and Fabrication. Great if you're a future felon. Not so good if you're secret Dependables (honest citizens) from dedicated criminal families like Milly Dillane and Charlie Partridge. Their struggles for acceptance are made even worse when they're forced to enter a Thievery Competition AND discover a super villain's dastardly plot against Blaggard's.

Dale Hannah

The Multiple Lives of Haroon Patel

Agented by Ben Illis, The BIA
Winner of Northern Writers’ Award 2014
Shortlisted for the 2014 Commonword Writing for Children Diversity Prize
Mentored by Bella Pearson / Jenny Glencross
Meet Harry Patel. He’s the quarter-Hindu, half-virgin teen who’s just been given a death sentence. Diagnosed with a brain tumour Harry has less than one year to live. It’s time to party and do all the things his parents have denied him. Harry’s determined to turn his terminal illness into a positive and enjoy his final months - no way is he going to let parents or sick-inducing cancer treatments stand in his way. 

But there’s a problem. Transported to his previous lives Harry’s sent on a journey of discovery. He’s learning all about Karma. The mistakes he’s making are laid out before him, and if he doesn’t put things right soon, when Chitragupta the Hindu god checks his list, he may find in his next life, he’s no longer a vertebrate.

Vashti Hardy

The Seer

Agented by Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
There is a city that’s alive, literally alive with feelings, veins and a heart. It’s beautiful, kind, and reacts to and changes for its people. Outside the city, the balance of nature is in a spiral of destruction. Natural disasters are increasing, even a whole sea has disappeared, but no one knows what the cause is. Science and nature loving Leo is from the degenerating Outlands – he believes the city people may be able to help them. He finds a curious eye-shaped crystal in the Outlands and feels a strange connection to the city through it. When he goes to the city, rather than finding the solution, he uncovers the dreadful reality of the cause and the reason behind the city’s cry for help.

Rus Madon

Rus has a deep interest in history, mythology and the development of language, themes which he incorporates into his writing. Rus developed his writing skills at several Arvon courses and is a regular attendee at the Winchester Writer’s Festival. In 2013 he joined the Golden Egg Academy and was mentored by Imogen Cooper (ex-editorial director at Chicken House) to help develop the manuscript of his debut teen novel, currently on submission with publishers.

The Other Side of Dark

Hilary Delamere, The Agency
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
How far back in time would you go to find your mother’s killer? Freya is a schoolgirl in the modern-day city of Ely, trying to deal with the mysterious death of her mother. But she is no normal girl. Unknown to her, she is of the same bloodline as an ancient witch from Asgard who is trapped in the eleventh century. Freya finds an artefact containing the power of Thor and unwittingly sets off a chain of events that disrupt time and space. She embarks on a terrifying journey to find the truth behind her mother’s death.

Sarah Merrett

Sarah has been writing children’s books for as long as she can remember. She’s worked in various children’s libraries and has three degrees, including an MA in Writing for Children. She now spends every spare minute writing.

The Insiders

Erzsi Deak, Hen and Ink Agency
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
Lucas has been lied to all his life. He’s told he’s one of the lucky ones, safe inside the Capsule. But when his father is sent out into the storm ravaged world beyond the glass and doesn’t return, Lucas becomes suspicious. He risks everything to uncover the sinister truth about why he is really locked inside of the Capsule, and discovers the terrifying fate that awaits him.

Karen Minto

Karen was born and grew up in North Wales. She read English at King’s College, Cambridge, and was a barrister in London for ten years. She now lives in Somerset with her young family and two dogs.

Hettakin's Stripes

Agented by Ben Illis, The Ben Illis Agency (The BIA)
Mentored by Bella Pearson / Imogen Cooper
Hettakin, a young badger, has her Sett taken from her by foxes after her whole family disappears. She sets off on a journey to reclaim her home, accompanied by Goof, a hedgehog with a certain with words, and the mighty Fangle, a long eared owl. Along the way, Hettakin discovers that home isn't necessarily the place you live, but the friends you make, even when you're not looking for them.

Elinor Nash

Lemon Sliced Moon

Winner of the Bath Short Story Award 2015
Agented by Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
No one but Millie can see the dark threats in every shadow, or understand the danger in the water. She alone must placate the goddess who has spoken. But how far will she go to protect the people she loves?

A deeply moving novel about being on the cusp of adulthood and wanting to fix what’s broken, but tearing your loved ones apart. Ideal for fans of All the Bright Places and I’ll Give You the Sun.

Emma Perry

Emma Perry now lives in Bath, UK, but prior to that, she spent a lovely five years in Melbourne, Australia chatting to kookaburras and kangaroos, but failing miserably at learning to surf/ paddle board (or any water sport for that matter). Growing wonky veggies in an allotment in Bath is just much safer. The founder of children’s book review website, My Book Corner, Emma has been obsessed with books for as long as she can remember. A graduate of English Literature, a teacher and organiser of International Book Giving Day, she adores being constantly surrounded by them – but fears for her safety should those tottering piles of books ever fall over… Proudly accepted into the Golden Egg Academy in 2015 and winner of the SCBWI Slush Pile Challenge in April 2016, she enjoys scribbling stories of 500 words (approximately).

This Book has Alpacas and Bears

Agented by Helen Mackenzie Smith, Bell Lomax Moreton

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Mentored by Tessa Strickland
The problem with books is that 'Bears are EVERYwhere. Alpacas are... NOwhere,'

...and now Alfonso's alpaca friends are starting to behave like bears. Alfonso is determined to put this right, on behalf of alpacas everywhere. VERY determined. Now if only he can convince that bear...

Trudie Thomas

Trudie Thomas works as a part-time Supporting Artist in TV dramas and films. Her favourite role being a Muggle on platform 9 ¾ in the last ever Harry Potter film. When she is not writing in her log cabin at the bottom of her garden, she is out walking her two Tibetan Terriers whilst day dreaming her way through her next plot. Previously an English teacher, and Holistic Therapist, she is now a graduate member of the Golden Egg Academy. Twitter @TrudieThomas

The Number Yellow

Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
Mentored by Imogen Cooper
Following twelve year old Ben’s operation for a burst appendix, and whilst still in hospital, he experiences the extraordinary sight of his doctor’s hands glowing with a strange yellow rash. The rash appears to be made up of tiny little pulsating numbers. The doctor’s number is 8.