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WI Member: From £65

Non Member: From £70

Come and join us for a wonderful talk and visit to Kelmscott Manor. The morning will start with a insightful talk from one of Denman’s tutors, Anna Steven, regarding the history of Kelmscott Manor. After lunch you will take a coach to Kelmscott where you will be able to walk around the beautiful house, gardens and artwork before returning to Denman. Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this 'loveliest haunt of ancient peace'; he signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist.

Outline of the Event: 11.00 arrival for tea and coffee; 11.30 am- Talk and Q&A regarding Kelmscott Manor; 12.45 lunch; 1.45- depart Denman; 2.15 arrive Kelmscott; 4.30 depart Kelmscott; 5pm arrive Denman

WI Member: From £57

Non Member: From £62

Denman is thrilled to welcome the amazing Sandie Shaw this autumn for a special one-off afternoon event. Recording and performing in five languages she became Britain’s most successful International female singer of the 1960’s.

Sandie will take us on a journey through her incredible career, from when she left school and worked in a car factory to the release of her first number 1, ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’ at the tender age of 17, the iconic 1967 song ‘Puppet on a String’ which became the first British entry ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest, to her shocking Eighties re-emergence with The Smiths, right up to the present day. 

 Discussing teaching Buddhism, becoming a psychotherapist and founding The Arts Clinic and currently as an advocate representing the interests of fellow recording artists in Westminster, Brussels, Washington and within the Creative Industries as President of the Featured Artist Coalition. This year Sandie collects her MBE for her services to music. This a no holds barred conversation, so start preparing your questions….


2pm- Arrival

2.30- 3.30pm- Sandie will give her talk

3.30-3.45pm- Q&A

3.45pm- Afternoon tea

 This is a fantastic opportunity to meet an iconic British star so book early and don’t miss out!  


WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Join us at Denman for an inspiring afternoon with Abbie Cooke. Abbie is known for being Britain's only female ships' figurehead carver.

During the course of the afternoon,  Abbie will talk about the history of ships' figureheads and her fascinating artistic life and she will also show you how to paint and gild your own 'take home' wooden plaque with a maritime mermaid, anchor or ships' figurehead.

About Abbie: Originally from Cornwall, Abbie Cooke MSc is an award winning international speaker, artist and social entrepreneur who's figureheads have featured in The Financial Times 'How to spend it' magazine and in a BBC Documentary, Sky News and BBC Oxford Radio.

Abbie spent many years as the Artist-in-Residence on board the battle ship cruiser HMS Belfast in London before moving to the Cotswolds to continue her maritime carving and artistic career.

Outline of event:

2pm arrival for tea/coffee

2.30 talk and maritime workshop

3.45 Q&A

4pm Afternoon tea


WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Join us for a very special afternoon with the Reverend Kate Bottley. Kate is known for her appearances on Channel 4’s BAFTA and National Television Award-winning series show Gogglebox, BBC One’s 2016 flagship Easter documentary In the Footsteps of Judas, Pause for Thought on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show and most recently BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef 2017. Kate has also written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times.

Kate will talk about her fascinating life and how it has changed since becoming a well-known public figure, but also demonstrate some of her favourite recipes that she produced on Masterchef as well as for her family. About Kate: Originally from Sheffield, the Reverend Kate Bottley is a priest in North Nottinghamshire. Ordained in 2008, she is passionate about bringing stories of faith and belief to the widest audience possible. Kate was not raised in a church-going family, and started going to church because she fancied the local vicar’s son. They have been married since 1998 and have two children. In 2012 Kate did a dance as part of a wedding flashmob which subsequently went viral, with more than seven million hits on YouTube; it was this that led to her being approached by Gogglebox. Kate loves telly and dancing.

 Outline of event: 2pm arrival for tea/coffee; 2.30 talk and cookery demonstration; 3.30 Q&A; 4pm Afternoon tea; 4.30 Depart

WI Member: From £42

Non Member: From £47

With beautiful photographs from the era and personal accounts from the women, Joanna Foat narrates the story of the forgotten army of Lumberjills. Uncovering the story of thousands of young women who signed up to work in a branch of the Women’s Land Army in wartime, felling trees with an axe and saw.  But prejudice from the all male timber trade and local communities made a tough job in forestry even tougher. Nearly seventy years after World War Two the women finally received recognition for their war work.

After being disbanded in 1946 with barely any recognition for their war efforts, more than seventy years on, Denman is proud to present an event that celebrates their stories and achievements.


Outline of the Event:


1.30- Arrival

2pm- Talk by Jo Foat

3pm- Q&A

3.30pm- Afternoon tea

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Come and spend the afternoon and evening at Denman and experience not only a trip to a local Vineyard but a 2 hour wine tasting class at Denman before dinner.

 The afternoon will start with a trip to Bothy Vineyard, Oxfordshire’s oldest vineyard/winery followed by a two hour wine tasting class with the Oxford Chelt Wine School. A lovely Denman 2 course meal will be provided after the tasting class to finish the evening off.

 Bothy Vineyard- The tour starts with a gentle walk around the vineyard, where you will learn about the history of the vineyard, the economics of such a modest business, viticulture and the environmental factors which affect their harvest and wine. This will be followed by visiting the winery and then a tasting of the vineyard’s award-winning wines.

 After a short refreshment break, the Oxford Chelt Wine School will take you on a two hour wine tasting class, which promises to be full of surprises, fun and a little enlightenment, while sipping some delicious wines.

 This is an exclusive event with limited availability, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

 Outline of the Event:  Arrival 2pm- tea/coffee; 2.30- depart for Bothy; 2.45 arrive bothy vineyard and start tour; 4.45 depart and arrival at Denman; 4.45- 5.15 Cream tea; 5.15 pm- wine tasting class; 7.30- dinner; 9.30 pm depart

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Join us at Denman for this one-off special event celebrating all things mosaics! Visit Chedworth Roman Villa, one of Britain's largest Romano-British villas with fine mosaics. Dr Nick Humphris, a chartered mechanical engineer and a volunteer at the villa, will give an insightful talk before you grab a hearty Denman buffet lunch and set off to see Chedworth yourself! The villa site was occupied in Iron Age times with the first villa being established early in the 2ndC AD. It was developed in the 3rdC and 4thC into the magnificent villa we have the remains of today. At the end of the Roman era it fell into ruin, was hidden in woodland where it was discovered in the 19thC. It is an active archaeological site.

Tutor Biography: Dr Nick Humphris. I am a retired chartered mechanical engineer having had a varied career in industry, academia, and the scientific civil service. In 2012 I joined the National Trust at the Villa as a volunteer site guide and outreach speaker. I also lead specialist talks/tours at the villa giving in-depth coverage of its archaeology and its mosaics.

Outline of Event: 11am arrival, parking assistance; 11.30am talk by Nick Humphries; 12.30pm finger buffet lunch in Ferris; 1.30pm coach leaves Denman; 2.30pm arrives at Chedworth villa, tour begins; 5pm depart villa; 6pm arrive at Denman

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

Dust off your dancing shoes! Denman is delighted to be hosting an afternoon with Ian Waite. Ian is probably best known for his role as one of the professional dancers on The BBC's hit show Strictly Come Dancing and Strictly spin off show, It takes Two. Ian also is co-creator of the Fitsteps, a ballroom and Latin American workout.

Ian will lead an audience participation of a Cha Cha Cha/Rumba/Jive followed by a Q&A session. After this, Ian will be on hand to sign autographs and have photographs taken. So come and have some fun!

Outline of Event: 2pm- arrival; 2.30pm- audience participation dance demo; 3pm- Q&A; 3.30pm - Afternoon tea and opportunity for Autographs and pictures taken with Ian; 4.30 depart

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Find yourself transported back in time to the age of Jane Austen with a fascinating talk which explores the art of cooking, cookery writers and recipes of the Georgian period.

Denman is delighted to be able to welcome Catherine Sampson who will give us a glimpse into the Georgian kitchen and dining room and discover some of the more extreme table etiquette of the middle and upper classes. Learn how increasing industrialisation, the rise of the middle classes and even revolution in France all played their part in shaping the dining experience. 

The talk concludes with the chance to sample some cooking made from a Georgian recipe. 

About Catherine:

Catherine Sampson is an experienced family, personal and local historian and regular speaker on social history topics to groups across Berkshire and its surrounding counties. She first became interested in historic cooking methods whilst completing an honours degree in Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, some years ago, and has more recently completed a Diploma and Master’s Degree in English Local History at the University of Oxford. 

Outline of the Event: 2pm – Guests arrive for tea/ coffee; 2.30pm – Talk, followed by a Q&A session; 4.30pm – Denman cream tea; 5.00pm – Depart

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

We are delighted to welcome to Denman local Author Tim Pears who will give a fascinating talk and Q&A regarding his new novel, The Wanderers, which is his second novel in his acclaimed West Country Trilogy.

 This beautiful story follows directly on from The Horseman, which was a tale of the unlikely friendship of the carter’s son and the Master’s daughter, bound by a deep love of horses, but divided by rigid social boundaries.

 It’s now 1912 and thirteen year old Leo travels through Devon towards Penzance, banished from his childhood home and far away from Lottie, before he is taken in by gypsies. But she and Leo are rarely far from one another’s thoughts...

 Outline of Event:

 10am arrival for Tea and Coffee; 10.30 Talk from Tim; 11.30- Q&A; 12 noon- Lunch; 13.30 depart

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Most people assume the fight for the vote - won in part 100 years ago - was all about the militant Suffragettes, but that’s not true. What finally won the hearts and minds of Parliament, and the people, was an astonishing six-week suffrage march - the ‘Great Pilgrimage’ - involving thousands of suffragists, or non-militant campaigners, from across the UK.

Following the publication of her acclaimed book about the Pilgrimage - Hearts and Minds – Denman is delighted to welcome Jane Robinson who will give an inspiring talk and Q&A  telling the story of how these ordinary people came together and changed the world.

After Jane’s presentation and a delicious two course lunch, Anne Stamper, Denman’s hon. archivist, and WI historian, tells the story of how many of the leaders at the start of the NFWI had been active in the suffrage movement and how they saw the WI as a way of taking the next steps after winning the vote.

The WI was a training ground to teach women how to run their own democratic organisation, to learn about procedure and to enable them to take their part in public life.  It was through this training that WI members learned how to influence the decision makers and to bring about improvements in the lives of themselves and their families.

The talk will end by looking at some of the resolutions passed and the way that WI members brought about change and carried on, still to this day, the fight for equality.

About Jane Robinson: Jane is one of our most engaging and original social historians. She was born in Edinburgh, educated at a Yorkshire comprehensive school and read English at Oxford. A love of book-collecting developed when she was banned from the local library for using a jam-tart as a bookmark, and after Oxford she worked for 10 years in the antiquarian book trade in London. A Force to be Reckoned With, her popular history of the WI, was published in 2011; her tenth book, the best-selling Hearts and Minds - came out this year. She's now working on a book about women pioneers in the traditional professions, to be published in 2020. Jane is a Senior Associate of Somerville College, Oxford. 

10.30- arrival for tea/coffee

11.00- talk- Jane Robinson

12.00- 12.30- Q&A

12.30-13.30- Lunch

13.45- 15.00- talk by Anne Stamper

15.00—15.30- Q&A

15.30- Afternoon tea

WI Member: From £40

Non Member: From £45

Come and join us for a relaxing few hours with Alison Haigh who will be demonstrating the benefits of Mindfulness while baking - appreciating every ingredient we use to make delicious homemade food. Just as a car deprives us of walking, convenience foods can deprive us of using our hands to work in harmony with our brains.

Alison will be producing some delicious food including a gluten free refined sugar sponge cake, a date chocolate and almond torte, a spiced cornbread and a gruyere and rosemary pastry tart filled with beetroot and butternut squash.

About Alison: She was brought up in her parents Artisan Bakery, so her love for good food was instilled from a very young age, so it was no surprise that she went to study Home Economics and cooked in ski chalets and shooting lodges before starting a career as a Home Economist. She has specialised in product and food development as well as teaching children and adults about food – instilling her passion for cooking whilst embracing the importance of using quality fresh ingredients to provide delicious healthy meals in a fun relaxed environment. She is a consultant for a leading supermarket and appliance manufacturer giving cookery demonstrations/lessons designed to enthuse clients to expand their cookery repertoire.

Outline of the Event: Arrival 10 for tea/ coffee; Demo starts at 10.30; 12pm Q&A; 12.30 lunch; 1.30-2pm depart

WI Member: From £42

Non Member: From £47

Denman are delighted to welcome Charles Hanson for a fascinating afternoon. Charles is best known for his appearances as an antiques expert on the various television programmes. In his working life he is a popular auctioneer and antique valuer.

The afternoon will commence with a talk from Charles about his life as an auctioneer in the world of antiques. Charles will then go on to talk about selected items brought in by the audience, so if you have a family heirloom that you would like to know a bit more about or something you think might be more valuable than it appears, bring it along and you might get your item valued! Following this there will be an opportunity to ask Charles questions, before we sit down to a wonderful Denman Afternoon tea.


*Please note: Charles will not be able to value all items brought on the day and we kindly ask that you only bring a maximum of one item*


About Charles Hanson:

Charles started his career at Christie's in 1999, as a valuer in the European Ceramics and Glass Department. Subsequently, he worked for auction houses in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire, before founding Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Derbyshire in 2005.

Charles has appeared on the BBC's Bargain Hunt programme since 2005, where he acts as a consultant and auctioneer, advising teams of contestants who buy and sell items in the hope of making a profit; Charles also appears on the BBC's Flog It! and Antiques Roadtrip - all of these programmes present antiques to the viewing public in a fun and educative format, opening the world of antiques to everyone. 

Charles feels there's something for everyone in the world of antiques - and the story behind the object is all important, 'if it could talk what could it tell us'.


Outline of the Event:

1.30- Arrival- tea/coffee 

2pm- Talk- My Life as an Auctioneer

3pm- Q&A 

3.15- Valuation of a selection of items

4pm- afternoon tea


WI Member: From £42

Non Member: From £47

Denman are pleased to welcome Peter Barratt, great- grandson of Alice Hawkins, a prominent suffragette in the fight for the woman’s right to vote.  A shoe machinist by trade, lifelong socialist and mother of six, Alice formed her local suffragette branch with the help of the Pankhurst family.

With a bronze statue of Alice unveiled on February 4th 2018, the first to be unveiled in centenary year and only one of four centenary commemorative statues for 2018- Emily Pankhurst, Emily Davison and suffragist Millicent Fawcett being the other three- Peter gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice’s campaign for the vote over a 100 years ago.


Outline of the event:

2pm Arrival tea/coffee

2.30- talk and Q&A

3.45- Afternoon tea

4.30 departure

MEMBER: From £15

Non Member: From £20

5 years- 16 years: From £8

Under 4 years: From £0

Come and join us for a family-friendly magical musical afternoon celebrating Denman’s 70th Birthday!

We will be hosting a number of bands and singers who will all be performing a mixture of songs reflecting the music of the last 70 years.

The fantastic Oxfordshire based Opera Anywhere will be popping up on our stage to perform a number of classic Gilbert and Sullivan pieces before the fantastic Young Women’s Music Project showcase some of the brilliant talents of their young women who use music to enhance their education and self-care!

Later we will have musicians from Oxford’s ISIS Chamber Orchestra who will perform before the energetic Temple Funk Collective get you jumping up and down to some lively covers!

To end the night, the remarkable Lola Lamour will perform 1940s songs like you’ve never heard them before.

Lola Lamour:

Temple Funk Collective:

Isis Chamber Orchestra:

Young Women’s Music Project:

Opera Anywhere:

There will also be an opportunity to play lawn games such as the local Aunt Sally, welly wanging and boules. It wouldn’t be a Denman event without some of our fantastic tutors showcasing their talents and courses, so why not try your hand at willow work, bouquet tying, yoga and cake decorating!

Join Norah Kennedy in making little willow hearts to take home for yourselves or as a gift for someone!

Pimms, BBQ and Hampers are all available to purchase to make your evening that little bit more special.

Overnight B&B available- please call our Guest Services team to book!



Gates Open at 3pm

Music from 4pm

Last Entry is 6pm

Event Ends after the last act



Lola Lamour [8-9pm]

Temple Funk Collective [7-7.45pm]

Isis Chamber Orchestra [6-6.45pm]

Young Women's Music Project [5-5.45pm]

Opera Anywhere [4-4.45pm]

WI Member: From £65

Non Member: From £70

Overnight Option- WI Member: From £105

Overnight Option- Non Member: From £110

Spend an evening at Denman listening to timeless classics such as ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’, sung by the brilliant trio The Bombshells. Recreating musical history, The Bombshells offer incredible harmonies and bubby personalities; you won’t want to miss this! The event includes a two course dinner with a glass of wine.

Programme: 6.30pm Welcome & drink of bubbly; 7pm The Bombshells first set; 7.45pm Dinner; 8.30pm The Bombshells second set; 9.15pm End of event; 9.30pm Depart

WI Member: From £55

Non Member: From £60

On 25th April, we are very excited to announce that the wonderful Tim Bentinck will visit Denman to talk about his new book ‘Being David Archer and other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living’.

Timothy Bentinck has played the part of David Archer in BBC Radio 4's The Archers since 1982. He is also the Earl of Portland and the voice of 'Mind The Gap' on the Piccadilly Line. Aimed primarily at the five million regular Archers listeners, Timothy takes the reader behind the scenes of the longest running drama series in the world, a British institution with a theme tune that Billy Connolly wants to be the National Anthem. But that's not all. With wry, self-deprecating humour, Timothy recounts his enormously varied life - a successful actor in TV, film and theatre, a voice specialist working in every vocal medium. He's also been an HGV truck driver, a US tour guide, a computer programmer and website designer, an inventor with UK and US patents, farm worker, house renovator and he sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords for three years. Unlike many acting memoirs, this isn't a succession of thespian tales of freezing digs, forgotten lines and name dropping. This is an articulate, funny and thoughtful account of how to survive an insecure life.

This is a talk, Q&A and Book signing event. A copy of Tim’s book is part of the price.

Outline of the Event: 1.30 arrival for Tea/Coffee and pastries; 2pm- talk regarding Tim’s life and being David Archer ; 3pm- Q&A’s; 3.30- book signing; 4pm- afternoon tea ; 4.30pm- depart

WI Member: From £159

Non Member: From £169

No other novelist in late 18th and early 19th century England wrote with Jane Austen's clarity or humour. Two hundred years on, her plots and characters intrigue and delight a modern audience of readers, film-goers and television viewers. But who was the real Jane Austen? Where she lived and what she observed fed her creative talent, as did her family and the social circle in which she moved.

The main subjects considered in two informal but informed, lectures with plenty of opportunity for the exchange of ideas and opinions, are Jane Austen, her family and the influences on her writing. Visits to locations that contributed to her novelistic output, Steventon and Chawton in Hampshire, and Winchester, where she died and is buried, will also be on the itinerary. Discover the woman behind the writing on this one-night special event.

Sunday 3rd June: 4.30pm tea; 5 - 6pm Who Was Jane Austen? The Woman Behind the Words; 6.45 Dinner; 8.15 - 9.15 Families and Fortunes: Jane Austen's Siblings

Monday 4th June: Leave Denman at 9am; 10.15: Coffee at the Wheatsheaf Inn, North Waltham; 11.00 - 12.00: Steventon Church; 12.45 - 2pm: Lunch at Chawton Great House; 2.10 - 3.20: Chawton Cottage; 3.50 - 5.15: Winchester Cathedral and College Street; Leave Winchester at 5.20pm; Return to Denman by 6.30

WI Member: From £119

Non Member: From £129

Writers & Artists are delighted to be working with Denman to bring a day of getting to grips with the practicalities of writing. The day includes: a two-hour writing workshop with an author of your choice; plenty of opportunity to network with speakers and fellow delegates over lunch; informative and interactive panel discussions with publishers and literary agents looking for debut authors to add to their lists.

In the morning, three successful writers offer their advice on how to improve your writing with an engaging and interactive workshop on either historical fiction, crime or children's fiction. After lunch, we'll be joined by a wonderful keynote author discussing the path to publication and the following afternoon sessions will help you navigate the current market, warn you of what to avoid in a submission to an agent and give insight into the minds of leading publishing industry figures. 


09.00-09.30: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

09.30-10.00: Introduction and publishing industry overview from chair Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook

10.00-11.00: A writing workshop of your choice: writing historical fiction with Tim Pears, writing crime fiction with William Ryan, and writing children’s fiction with Natasha Farrant

11.00-11.15: Short break

11.15-12.00: Writing workshop continued 

12.00-13.10: Lunch break (lunch included)

13.10-14.0: Keynote talk with Rachel Joyce 

14.10-15.10: Publishing industry discussion with Bella Pearson, Publishing Director at David Fickling Books and Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers & Artists' Yearbook.

15.10-16.10: How to submit your work to an agent: practical tips from literary agents Lydia Silver and final agent TBC. Chaired by Alysoun Owen.

16.10-17:00: Networking reception

Speaker Profiles 


Tim Pears is the author of eight novels: In the Light of MorningIn the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), Wake UpBlenheim OrchardIn a Land of Plenty (made into a ten-part BBC series), A Revolution of the SunLanded (shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 and the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, winner of the MJA Open Book Awards 2011), and Disputed Land. He has been Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and has taught creative writing at Ruskin College and elsewhere. He lives in Oxford with his wife and children.

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryPerfectThe Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey, and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014.

Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl.

William Ryan’s novels have been shortlisted or longlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Crime Writers Association’s Steel, Historical and John Creasey Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (three times). William has taught on the Crime Writing Masters at City University in London and he will be a Teaching Fellow on UEA’s Crime Fiction MA in 2017/18. His novel, The Constant Soldier, was described by The Daily Mail as “Subtle, suspenseful and superb and as “a modern classic by a master storyteller” by the Lancashire Evening Post and was shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown for Historical Fiction. His next novel A House of Ghosts will be published on 4 October with Bonnier Zaffre.

Natasha Farrant is the author of numerous books for children and young adults, including The Things We Did For Love, the Bluebell Gadsby series (Faber) and Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice (Chicken House). Her latest book, The Children of Castle Rock (Faber), has been described by the Observer as “like the Secret Seven on steroids” and by the Telegraph as “a gem”. Her work has been shortlisted for Branford Boase award and the Queen of Teen award, and longlisted for the Guardian Book Prize. She is currently working on a collection of brand new princess stories, and lives in London with her husband, daughters and an enormous tortoiseshell cat.

Bella Pearson spent most of her childhood with her head buried in a book, which has stood her in good stead ever since. After working in an independent children's bookshop and completing an MA in children's literature, Bella joined David Fickling Books in 2001 and was lucky enough to work with him for the next twelve years on a huge number of wonderful and award-winning books for children.

Lydia Silver recently joined the Darley Anderson Agency and is looking to build the children’s list. She loves middle grade and YA fiction and is particularly looking for magical middle grade adventures, funny contemporary stories and YA novels with an unusual voice. She loves working editorially with writers and is always on the lookout for new talent. Before joining Darley Anderson, Lydia worked in the editorial team at a children’s publishers, where she worked across a large range of children’s books and acquired several titles. She has a BA in English and French from the University of Sheffield, which means that she is constantly talking about books in two languages.

Our chair Alysoun Owen is a publisher with over 20 years' experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for five years and is a regular speaker on how to get published at literary festivals and writer events.

Final Literary agent TBA.

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