Lara Williamson

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 is her first novel.

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.


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.”

- Lara Williamson