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Lara Williamson knows a thing or two about how to put together an outfit, having studied fashion design at university. She then went on to become the Beauty Editor at J-17 where she wrote features and styled shoots, both in the UK and around the world. Lara has also contributed to ELLE, New Woman, Sky, Closer and more!

Lara won The Jasmine Awards for Best Article in a Youth Title and received an Honorary Mention in SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2012.

Born in Northern Ireland, Lara now lives in London and spends a lot of time daydreaming, tap dancing, writing stories, accessorising and saluting single magpies. Not necessarily in that order.

A Boy Called Hope

A Boy Called Hope

I’m Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting. I want to be the first eleven-year-old to land on the moon. I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet. And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me.

A Boy Called Hope is a brave, bold and funny debut about family in all its shapes and sizes.

Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer.

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Becket Rumsey is all at sea. His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they’ve left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what’s going on – it’s a mystery. So with the help of Billy and a snail called Brian, Becket sets out on a journey of discovery. It’s not plain sailing but then what journeys ever are?

The Girl with Space in Her Heart

Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space… like how we feel connected to the stars because we are all made of stardust. And that Mum’s new boyfriend, Galactic Gavin, has eyes that twinkle like Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. And that sometimes the perfect place for her sister, Terrible Topaz, would be a black hole.

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

My name is Adam Butters. I live on planet Earth, I like eating spaghetti hoops and I’ve decided I’m going to be a SUPERHERO.

Everyone loves superheroes, they solve problems and make people happy, and that’s good because my mum needs cheering up. Also, I’ve found out that before I was adopted my real mum called me ACE. So now I’ve just got to prove to the world that’s what I am. One mission at a time . . .

I thought the course was fantastic. I learned so much, things I would never have thought of putting into a talk myself. Justin was inspiring.