"Hi Elli! Wow - impressive degrees, translation, picture book, poems, and, of course, guinea pigs! Re e-crit groups, the best thing is to join Nicky's E-CRITIQUE group which is for messaging/talking about e-crit (see main page) and…"
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"Hi Elli! How weird! I know AT school well - as I live just off Camberwell New Road!
I teach in Lewisham though. Do you go to the London SCBWI group meets? If so maybe I might meet you one day :)
By day I work as a freelance translator from Thai to English and look after my four children, but by night I transform, vampire-like, into a mad writer. Born in 1974, I hold degrees in Social Anthropology from Cambridge and SOAS. Which probably wasn't relevant. Equally irrelevant is the fact I keep guinea pigs.
I am represented by the lovely agent Eve White.
What are you working on at the moment?
Although I started off writing poems, I have now switched my attention to writing picture books, primarily in verse. This is despite having been told on too many occasions to count that it's far better to write in prose. I'm obviously both stupid and stubborn. My first book, The Pet Itch (deal secured pre-agent) is coming out with Maverick Books in July 2013, and I have a few other secrets up my sleeve that I'm not allowed to reveal yet.
You can see a small selection of my poems at http://wordstroll.wordpress.com
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
Operation Alphabet. I think it was technically published last year, but it's brilliant, so I'm including it anyway.
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
To edit, edit, edit, and that the nice noises made by other people do not mean that your writing doesn't require more work.
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Hi Elli! Wow - impressive degrees, translation, picture book, poems, and, of course, guinea pigs! Re e-crit groups, the best thing is to join Nicky's E-CRITIQUE group which is for messaging/talking about e-crit (see main page) and leave her a message saying you'd like to be on the waiting list. If there are enough on the list but no places, she could start up a new group. I'll also keep you in mind for PB Too if anyone leaves - the difficulty is that the amount of critiquing to get through becomes impossible if the group gets too big, although it would of course be lovely to have you in the group.
I have to admit to frequently forgetting about the Ning, then something will jog my memory and I pop along to check out my page/see what's going on. Probably not using it to its full potential! I know there are some very useful groups on here somewhere!
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