Though we are very disappointed that we can’t bring authors into school because of social distancing restrictions, in partnership with Budleigh Literary Festival we are bringing you a series of virtual author visits in September.
And there is something for everyone!
Have a look at their profiles below and, to be in with the chance of winning a signed copy of these brilliant authors books, send your questions for them by 3pm Friday 17th July to:
Onjali Q Rauf
Onjali is an is a best-selling English author and the founder of the charity organisation Making Herstory, a women’s rights organisation tackling the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK. She has won the Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstones Children’s Book prize.
Read more about Onjali and her books here:
Martin draws the illustrations for Horrible Histories, but how did he get there?
He was born in Melbourne, Australia. Ever since he can remember he’s been drawing. His dad used to bring back huge sheets of paper from work and Martin would fill them with doodles and little figures. Then, quite suddenly, with food and water, he grew up moved to the UK and found work doing what he’s always wanted to do: drawing doodles and little figures!
You can read more about Martin and his books here:
Emma has worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker, the person who punches holes into filofax paper and a secondary school teacher in Devon. Emma has been a vegetarian since the age of 11, is obsessed with snow, loves peanut butter, marmite and cucumber on toast and her dogs, Pip and Bertie, snooze next to her when she writes
Read more about Emma here: https://emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com/
Alex Wheatle MBE
Alex is an award winning author and his bestselling series ‘Crognton Nights’ has recently been adapted for the theatre. We were very lucky when Alex came to visit ECC in 2019 and we are delighted to welcome him back for a virtual visit with year 9+ students.
Born to Jamaican parents living in Brixton, he spent most of his childhood in a children’s home. He returned to Brixton in 1977 where he performed his own songs and lyrics under the name of Yardman Irie. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. Following his release from prison he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixtonbard.
Read more about Alex here: https://www.alexwheatle.com/
Juno is the multi award-winning author of dark teen thrillers. She has written 19 books, including 2 Doctor Who novels. In 2015 Juno came out as a transgender women and her books often feature LBTQ+ characters. Juno is an active advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ community. Juno's virtual visit is for year 9+ students.
You can read more about Juno here: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/d/juno-dawson