Our next meeting will be at Blackwell’s Book Shop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford on Wednesday 27th November 7pm – 9pm.
We are being joined by Bella Pearson of Guppy books, who will give us a really great insight into how publishing Children’s books work.
Guppy Books is a newly-created independent children’s publisher based in Oxford, publishing eight to ten fiction titles a year for children of all ages. They celebrated their first anniversary this Autumn and has recently released their second publication ‘The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone’ by Jaclyn Moriarty. Bella Pearson, Publisher at Guppy Books, will be with us to explore their journey to becoming one of Oxford’s newest and exciting publishers and to discuss the Children’s publishing industry.
Bella Pearson has worked in children’s publishing for over twenty years, seventeen of those spent in a variety of guises at David Fickling Books in Oxford. DFB was started from from David’s kitchen table in 2001 – and Bella is incredibly excited to now be at her own kitchen table building up an eclectic and entertaining list of books for children.
Titles she previously acquired and edited include ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne, ‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham, ‘The Art of Being Normal’ by Lisa Williamson and ‘Bog Child’ by Siobhan Dowd and ‘Jessica’s Ghost’ by Andrew Norriss. She has won the Branford Boase Award once and been shortlisted five times, and spent three years working as a mentor at The Golden Egg Academy, as well as editing for many children’s publishers including Puffin, Chicken House and Oxford University Press.
Gloves Off by Louisa Reid, Guppy’s first title, has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal
This will be a conversation, so come with questions.
Tickets cost £5 for visitors or £30 for a year’s membership.