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Megaphone Writes

  • Sat, 30 Sep 2017
  • 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM
  • Tickets: £4/£3

Renowned children’s author Leila Rasheed and guests Danielle Jawando and Joyce Efia Harmer discuss Megaphone: a new development scheme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers who want to write their first children’s novel. This panel discussion is aimed at writers and those interested in debating the publishing industry. 


Leila Rasheed, author of Chips Beans and Limousines (a Red House Read of the Year) and sequels, also the Witch of Turlingham series as Ellie Boswell, and the Somerton trilogy for Disney-Hyperion USA. Leila designed and teaches a module in Writing for Children and Young People on the MA in Writing at the University of Warwick, and over the past years has worked with many students individually to bring their writing to the best possible level. She has an MA in Children’s Literature from Roehampton (Surrey) and a distinction in an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick. She also teaches short courses in Writing for Children for Writing West Midlands and was an editor for The Writers’ Workshop.

Danielle Jawandowas born in Manchester, but currently lives in Hertfordshire where she's finishing her final year of an MA in Writing. Danielle also teaches creative writing courses for adults and facilitates writing workshops within Hertfordshire. Her Short Story 'Paradise 703' was shortlisted for the Fine Line Finishing Press competition and she plans to start her novel as part of her dissertation next year.

Joyce Efia Harmer was born in London to Ghanaian parents who met at a Hackney bus stop. She spent her early years growing up on an East London council estate, earnestly believing her dad’s claims that they were millionaires. Perhaps it was this that fostered her nascent belief in the power of stories. She studied English at King’s College London and then taught English as a Foreign language in Italy and Australia before settling back in London. She won a place on MEGAPHONE 2016-2017 a scheme to support BAME writers and was a finalist in Penguin Random House’s WriteNow competition 2017.


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