Suffolk Children's Literature Festival 2024

18 May 2024
18 May 2024
9.30 AM4.30 PM

Ipswich Campus, University of Suffolk
Buy your tickets here
Brightly coloured illustration of tropical fish and coral reef in the ocean

Dive into your creativity at this year’s Suffolk Children’s Literature Festival! 

Do you have a brilliant idea for picture book, middle grade, or young adult readers? Are you keen to develop your craft as a children’s book illustrator or gain insider tips on pitching your work to agents? If so, join us on Saturday 18 May for the third annual Suffolk Children’s Literature Festival. 

Our specialist workshops with authors, illustrators, and literary agents will help you to hone your skills, learn more about the industry and join a vibrant creative community. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, our festival will ignite your passion for children's fiction. 

The theme for SCLF2024 is Extraordinary Journeys. Set sail with our authors and illustrators, travel to unforgettable story worlds and create characters young readers will follow anywhere. 

Limited tickets are available for this event. Please book early to reserve your place. Discounts are available for students, University of Suffolk alumni, and SCBWI members. 

Artwork from Dart and Dive Across the Reef (Thames and Hudson) courtesy of Course Leader for Graphic Design and Illustration, Dr Vassiliki Tzomaka.

Clownfish swimming in ocean with coral in illustration

What's on offer

  • 1-hour workshops and 90-minute masterclasses with published PB/MG/YA authors and illustrators
  • 90-minute guidance session with a literary agent, including an opportunity to pitch your story to a panel of judges*
  • SCLF Book Shop with signings and raffles
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Optional 1-1 appointments with Creative Writing and Graphic Design/Illustration experts to receive written feedback on your opening chapter or story + illustrations (additional charge) 


*To be eligible for the pitch event, please purchase your ticket no later than Friday 3 May and submit your agent cover letter (maximum 350 words) to with SCLF2024 PITCH as your subject line. 

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Festival Speakers

Thomas Taylor

Author of the acclaimed Eerie-on-Sea Mysteries and illustrator of the first Harry Potter book  

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Lindsay Galvin

Writer of stories for younger children, older children, and adults, with a passion for the natural world 

Lindsay Galvin speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

Simon James Green

Author of children’s and YA books including Boy Like Me, nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2024 

Simon James Green speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

A.M Howell

Writer of children’s historical fiction and winner of The Mal Peet Children’s Award  

A.M Howell speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

Dr Vassiliki Tzomaka

Course Leader for Graphic Design and Illustration and author-illustrator of the ‘Extreme Environments’ picture-book series 

Vassiliki Tzomaka staff profile photo

Christopher William Hill

Award-winning children’s novelist, playwright, radio dramatist, and Royal Literary Fellow 

Christopher William Hill speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

Dr Ashley Hickson-Lovence

Novelist, poet, lecturer, and author of the YA verse-novel, Wild East, coming Spring 2024 

Ashley Hickson-Lovence speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

Kate Rolfe

Award-winning picture book author and illustrator of Wolf and Bear 

Kate Rolfe speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

Rob Ramsden

Lecturer and author-illustrator of ‘Rob Ramsden’s In the Garden’' series, published by Scallywag Press

Rob Ramsden

Clare Wallace

Literary agent at Darley Anderson representing picture books, middle grade and YA fiction 

Clare Wallace speaker at Suffolk Children's Literature Festival

Festival Organisers

Dr Lindsey Scott

Lindsey is Course Leader for MA Creative and Critical Writing and award-winning lecturer specialising in children’s literature and adaptation.

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Dr Darragh Martin

Darragh is Course Leader, BA (Hons) English and writes novels, plays, and stories for children.

Darragh Martin staff profile photo

Amy Rehbein

Amy is School Administrator in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Amy Rehbein staff profile photo

Sandra Mann

Sandra Mann is a Professional Assistant.

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