Our next meeting will be in Cork on Saturday 11th June at 2.30pm 2011. Please contact Jane Mitchell for details.

SCBWI British Isles Conference November 2011

British Isles Conference Date - 19th and 20th November 2011 Please pencil in the date for our annual writers and illustrators conference. We will be in Winchester again on the main university campus. We're not officially announcing the conference yet, but we wanted to give members advance warning. The dates are: Pre Conference Activity - 18th November (Fri night crit) Conference - 19th and 20th November (including the return of the conference party and mass book launch) The conference committee is working hard to get speakers and organise things - please be patient waiting to hear about the programme. We can't announce anything more until we've secured both keynotes and the majority of faculty. We're aiming to have online booking this year. We're also trying to keep costs down, however with the VAT rise and inflation, a small increase is likely.


Warmest wishes - and keeping fingers crossed for good weather for the 1st European Summer Solstice Scrawl-Crawl!


Benjamin (ARA British Isles)

Recent success for one of our members

I've just found out that Maeve McMahon, one of our members and previous Regional Advisor for Scbwi Ireland, has won an award for her book, 'Riding Out The Hurricane.'

I will let Maeve tell you about the award:


"I thought that I would be going home at the weekend but I'm staying on because my book won the Nautilus Silver award and will be showcased with other Nautilus winners at the Books Expo America in New York from 24th -26th May." Maeve McMahon


Congratulations Maeve on your success.

Scrawl Crawl 21st June 2011

Here is a suggestion for something for your calendar for June 21st. Some Scbwi writers and illustrators, across Europe were thinking it might be fun to organize a EU-wide Scrawl Crawl for the summer solstice. 


So, we'd pick a time and all set about our respective cities in a collective creative moment, with our sketch pads, notebooks or laptops, to capture whatever catches our fancy. Then, after maybe meeting our local scrawl crawl trawlers for a drink, we could post the illustrations and writings, maybe on Facebook, or some might like to use Twitter, or your individual web pages. 


If you know other writers or illustrators in your town or city, get together on 21st and get writing and illustrating. Then, tell us how you got on.