Our Hatched Eggs Include:

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

Published March 2016
The Chicken House (three book deal)
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Winner of the Branford Boase Prize 2017
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2017
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."
The Bookseller

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

Published January 2015
David Fickling Books
Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates
Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Best Older Fiction Category 2016
Winner of the Leeds Book Awards 2016 14-16 Category
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016
Nominated for the Branford Boase Prize 2016
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."
The Telegraph

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.
Photo by www.sarahmasonphotography.co.uk

Eden Summer

Published July 2016
David Fickling Books
Ben Illis, The BIA
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2017
Nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2017
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2017
Just as gripping is Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan (David Fickling), a thriller deeply embedded in the west Yorkshire landscape. Gothy Jess and beautiful Eden are best friends who have been through some tough times – then Eden goes missing. Told over the course of a day, with flashbacks to the last year, it’s a breathless read as Jess races across Yorkshire hills to try to discover Eden, and the truth, before it’s too late."
The Guardian, Best New Children's Books Reviews

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
Selected for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge
This is a hilarious, exciting, fun read, and it is filled to the brim with great characters. Alex is confident, smart and completely unself-aware, while Jess is straight-talking, unique and incredibly brave. There are laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book, which make you hope this is only the beginning of a fantastic new series."

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

Published September 2015
Firefly Publishing
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2017
Two boys are linked by parallel stories in this atmospheric thriller from Rhian Ivory. What makes the story so absorbing is that Noah is a modern teenager while Blaze is a boy accused of witchcraft in the 1860s. Secrets start to emerge as danger grows and Ivory keeps the tension high in this taut novel."
The Telegraph

James Nicol

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.
Twitter: @JamesENicol

The Apprentice Witch

Published July 2016
The Chicken House
Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Prize 2017
Arianwyn is a likable hero, with well-drawn struggles — both professional and personal. The novel wears its conventions like a cozy sweater . . . but younger readers should be too busy enjoying the world to mind."
The New York Times

Simon James Green

Simon is an author and screenwriter, who sometimes does a bit of directing too. He took a Law degree at Cambridge University, but decided he loved writing and directing too much to go and be a lawyer. He's worked on lots of West End shows including The Rocky Horror Show, Rent and West Side Story and he's also directed Hollyoaks for Lime Pictures / C4. Noah Can’t Even was selected for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ‘Undiscovered Voices’ competition in 2016.

Noah Can't Even

Published May 2017
Joanna Moult, Skylark Literary Agency
Optioned for TV by Urban Myth Films
For side-splitting comedy, try Simon James Green’s Noah Can’t Even (Scholastic), a contemporary novel full of drama, self-delusion and ill-placed bananas. A riotous, real-feeling YA debut."
The Guardian, Best New Children's Books Reviews

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

Published May 2017
Oxford University Press
Kate Shaw, The Viney Agency
Full of ripe smells and perilous thrills, this is an engaging debut."
The Guardian

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

Published January 2016
Simon and Schuster
Hannah Sheppard, DHH Literary Agency
It honestly blew me away how good this book turned out to be, and it definitely deserves to be on your to­ read list this year."
The Guardian Children's Book Site

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

Published June 2015
Scholastic (three book deal)
Ben Illis, The BIA
A cracking read for anyone who loves a magical adventure."
The Sunday Express

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 workshops for The Golden Egg Academy.
Twitter: @ACampbellWrites


Published September 2014
Hot Key Books
Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016
From the moment I started reading LAND, I was hooked."
Naomi Colthurst, Editor

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.

Bears Don't Eat Egg Sandwiches

Due November 2017
Maverick Press

Kate Wiseman

Kate has a degree in Creative Writing and a MA in English Literature and is a contributor for the Writers’ and Artists’ website. Though Kate spent many years working in a private school in the UK, she swears that it bears hardly any resemblance to Blaggard’s, the school in her debut novel GANGSTER SCHOOL. Kate is married with a son at university and lives with three neurotic cats in Saffron Waldon.

Gangster School

Due October 2017
Piper Verlag, Germany (3 book deal)
Therese Coen, Madeline Milburn's Agency
Shortlisted for the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children's Writing
Runner up for the Greenhouse Funny Prize

Vanessa Harbour

Vanessa Harbour is a writer and academic who loves words and believes in living life to the full regardless of what life throws at her. In particular, she likes to weave her words into stories for children and young adults providing moments of hope in a difficult world. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester.


Due Summer 2018
Firefly Press

Lucy van Smit

Lucy has worked as a TV producer making documentaries about writers and has an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University.

Hurts So Good

Due 2018
The Chicken House
Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulch Associates
Winner of the Bath Children's Novel Award 2015