Writing for Young People with Yarrow Townsend, Nizrana Farook, Hana Tooke, chaired by Lucy Cuthew

Thursday 29 September 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Guildhall
£8.50 (excl. fees)
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Age: 13+/YA

Do you want to write for children and teens? Are you looking for inspiration to kick-start your stories? Join three recently published graduates from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing For Young People – Yarrow Townsend, Nizrana Farook and Hana Tooke – as they discuss their publishing success stories and creative processes with author and tutor Lucy Cuthew.

Lucy Cuthew is the author of over 30 books for children. She has an MPhil in Children’s Literature and worked in children’s publishing as an editor for fifteen years before she became a lecturer on the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa. Her debut novel, Blood Moon, was nominated for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal, won the 2021 Amazing Book Awards, and was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award in 2019. She speaks regularly on the BBC about children’s books.

Instagram: @lucycuthew
Twitter: @LucyCuthew

Nizrana Farook was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the beautiful landscapes of her home country find their way into the stories she writes. She obtained her MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University and the novel she wrote on it was published as her debut two years later. The Girl Who Stole an Elephant was a Waterstones Book of the Month and the biggest selling MG debut of the year. The Boy Who Met a Whale and The Girl Who Lost a Leopard followed, and she’s now writing her fourth book, out next year.

Instagram: @nizrite
Twitter: @NizRite
Facebook: /NizRite

Yarrow Townsend spent her childhood among the moss, oak and heather of the New Forest. After working as a teacher, and then as a stablehand, Yarrow completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, before returning to the forest to work for the RSPB. Always in search of ways to be closer to the outdoors, Yarrow now lives on a narrowboat, travelling the canals with her garden on the roof. The Map of Leaves is inspired by her life by the woods and the water, and by her own parents’ herb books. 

Instagram: @yarrowtownsend
Twitter: @yarrowtownsend

Hana Tooke grew up on a polder near Amsterdam, in a house filled with peculiar clocks and a head filled with a peculiar imagination. Her debut novel, The Unadoptables, was written on the Bath Spa University MA in Writing for Young People, was long listed for the Branford Boase Award, shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and the Anderson Prize (Italy), and winner of the Oxfordshire Book Awards. She now lives in Bath with two humans, a cat, and a skeleton marionette. 

Instagram: @hanatooke
Twitter: @hannekewrites