WriteMentor Twitter chat: Meet women in children's publishing

When: March 8 2021

Where: Virtual, United Kingdom


For International Women's Day, join WriteMentor on Twitter to chat to three women in the UK children's publishing industry.

Meet two authors and a literary agent and find out about their personal experiences of publishing from the perspective of being women.


Emma Finlayson-Palmer is from Wolverhampton, a creator of a multitude of small people, poems, flash fiction, short stories and children's novels. Her chapter book for 5-8 year olds, AUTUMN MOONBEAM: DANCE MAGIC, will be released in the Summer of 2022 by UCLan Publishing.

She is also co-founder of Word Witches with Carolyn Ward, editors for children's writers and the founder of #ukteenchat, a writing related chat on Twitter usually held on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm.

Twitter: @FinlaysonPalmer


Priscilla Mante is a London based Scottish writer of Ghanaian heritage. She spent the first 19 years of her life in her hometown Glasgow, but has since lived in a variety of cities including Dundee, Philadelphia, Liverpool and Seoul. Priscilla had the privilege of spending several years delivering arts, literacy and academic programmes to young people many of whom were care experienced and/or excluded from school.

She was selected for the inaugural London Writers Awards 2018, an ACE funded writing development scheme delivered by Spread the Word. She currently works in communications and policy. When she isn’t working or writing you might find her enjoying London’s vibrant cultural offerings, travelling last minute to a new destination or curled up at home with a book.

Her children's book, THE DREAM TEAM: JAZ SANTOS VS. THE WORLD, a story about girl power described as 'exciting, original and heart-warming' by Jacqueline Wilson, will be published this May.

Twitter: @priscilla_mante


Hannah Sheppard is an agent and director at  D H H Literary Agency. She studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she set up a small poetry press in her spare time. She has since spent over a decade working in trade publishing: first at Macmillan Children’s Books and more recently running Headline Publishing Group’s Young Adult and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne’s critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Bruise.

She joined the D H H Literary Agency in 2013 because she realised that being an agent gave her more time to do what she loves most – using her editorial experience to help writers develop their ideas for commercial success. Hannah represents authors across children’s fiction (from 9+ including teen and Young Adult) and a small number of adult fiction authors (her main interests are thrillers and romance).

Twitter: @YA_Books


The chat will take place on WriteMentor's Twitter account @writementor between 8pm and 9pm on Monday 8th March 2021.

Use #WMChat to follow the chat and ask your own questions.

Click 'Register' to access our Twitter page where we will be hosting the chat.


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