DETAIL: Nicolette is offering a half-hour conversation with a parent, carer, teacher, child or librarian, either on the phone or on email, to discuss suggestions for books they might like to read, or books that might work for a children’s reading group, or to read to a class, or acquire for a school library. If you tell her what you are looking for, or particular areas of interest, or what you have read and liked in the past, she will suggest books to move on to. Or if you are trying to encourage reluctant readers to be more enthusiastic about books, she is also happy to discuss ways to encourage an individual, or a group, to enjoy reading. (NB she is not offering a consultation with an aspiring children’s writer about how to get published.)
BIO: Nicolette Jones is a writer, journalist and broadcaster who has been the children’s books editor of The Sunday Times for longer than she cares to admit. She has also been Director of the children’s/YA programme at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and regularly chairs adults’ and children’s events at literary festivals and elsewhere, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books (won by Quentin Blake). She has judged, among other awards, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Carnegie/Greenaway top ten, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Branford Boase Award, the Whitbread Children’s Novel Prize, the Macmillan Prize for Illustration, and Booktrust’s Ten Best New Illustrators, as well as chairing a Children’s Laureate selection committee.