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Manjeet Mann & Joseph Coelho & Nikita Gill

One of the publishing phenomenons of recent years has been the rise in the popularity of Young Adult writing, in particular fiction and poetry. Novels such as ‘Twilight’, ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and of course the ‘Harry Potter’ series have sold in huge numbers and been adapted for the screen. The festival had brought together three writers to give us their insights into the world of YA writing.

Manjeet Mann is a multi-award winning children's author, actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her debut YA novel ‘Run, Rebel’ was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. Her second novel ‘The Crossing’ won The Costa Children's Book Award. Manjeet is also the founder of Run The World - a not for profit that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls.

Joseph Coelho is an award-winning performance poet, playwright and children's author. His books include the critically acclaimed ‘Luna Loves…' series, ‘If All The World Were’, and the CLiPPA shortlisted collection of poems, ‘Overheard in a Tower Block.’ His YA Novel ‘The Boy Lost in the Maze’ is published this autumn. Earlier this year Joseph was announced as the new Children’s Laureate 2022 - 2024.

Nikita Gill is a British-Indian poet, playwright, writer and illustrator. She has published five collections of poetry: ‘Your Soul Is A River’, ‘Your Heart is the Sea’, ‘Wild Embers’, ‘Fierce Fairytales’ and ‘Great Goddesses’ and a novel in verse, ‘The Girl and the Goddess.’ Nikita also uses social media to engage her audience and has over 600,000 followers on Instagram.

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Luna Loves Library Day

Paperback, 06/09/2018, £7.99
Every week Luna looks forward to one special day: the day when she discovers magic among the library shelves; Fiona Lumbers' illustrations convey Luna's vivid inner life, while Coelho's lyrical style celebrates the joyful curiosity of early childhood."

If All the World Were...

Paperback, 03/01/2019, £7.99
A moving, poetic picture book about the love between a grandfather and child. An ideal book for children who have lost a grandparent.

The Girl and the Goddess

Hardback, 01/10/2020, £12.99

Run, Rebel

Paperback, 05/03/2020, £8.99

Where Hope Comes From: Healing poetry for the heart, mind and soul

Hardback, 18/02/2021, £14.99
Poems of resilience, healing and hope from Instagram sensation and voice of a generation Nikita Gill


Paperback, 03/06/2021, £8.99

Frankenstiltskin: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Paperback, 07/10/2021, £7.99

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Paperback, 03/09/2020, £7.99

Small's Big Dream

Paperback, 31/03/2022, £6.99
A beautifully lyrical and empowering picture book about the importance of dreaming big, from award-winning author Manjeet Mann and the exceptionally talented debut illustrator, Amanda Quartey.

Smile Out Loud: 25 Happy Poems

Hardback, 10/05/2022, £12.99
Smile Out Loud is a book to help children build their confidence reading poems aloud and expressing and manifesting happiness and joy, for themselves and the audiences they choose to read to.

My Beautiful Voice

Paperback, 03/05/2022, £7.99
From the award winning poet Joseph Coelho comes a moving, lyrical picture book about a shy child unlocking the power of their own voice through poetry.

The Girl Who Became a Tree: A Story Told in Poems

Paperback, 03/11/2022, £7.99
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021 - a powerful and mesmerising exploration of grief and renewal

The Hairdo That Got Away

Paperback, 06/01/2022, £7.99

Luna Loves Art

Paperback, 01/04/2021, £7.99

Poems Aloud: An anthology of poems to read out loud

Paperback, 18/01/2022, £7.99
A wittily illustrated anthology of poems, written to be read aloud. 20 poems arm children with techniques for lifting poetry off the page and performing with confidence.

Overheard in a Tower Block: Poems

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £7.99
Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho's astonishing new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.

Year of Nature Poems

Paperback, 07/01/2020, £7.99
A beautifully illustrated portrait of one complete year in nature, with a double page spread dedicated to each month from January through to December.

Thank You: A story celebrating key workers and the NHS

Paperback, 29/09/2020, £6.99
A lyrical, joyful charity picture book about gratitude and community, inspired by the efforts of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

No Longer Alone

Paperback, 15/09/2022, £7.99
A hopeful book about big emotions from the Waterstones Children's Laureate, Joseph Coelho.

Creeping Beauty: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Paperback, 15/09/2022, £7.99

Boy Lost in the Maze

Hardback, 06/10/2022, £12.99
A spellbinding novel told in poems, blending the ancient legend of the Minotaur with the quest of a modern-day teenage boy to find his biological father by the new Waterstones Children's Laureate

Our Tower

Hardback, 02/08/2022, £12.99
Our Tower tells the story of three children living in a tower block, who embark on a magical adventure through which they learn to see the beauty and wonder of the block where they live.

Fierce Fairytales: & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul

Hardback, 06/09/2018, £12.99
Beautifully illustrated feminist fairytales for young and old.

Wild Embers: Poems of rebellion, fire and beauty

Paperback, 16/11/2017, £12.99
Empowering and inspirational poems from an Instagram sensation.

SLAM! You're Gonna Wanna Hear This

Paperback, 03/09/2020, £7.99
Discover the freshest voices on the UK spoken word scene in Slam! You're Gonna Wanna Hear This edited by poetry sensation Nikita Gill.

Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters

Hardback, 05/09/2019, £12.99
Empowering life lessons from myths and monsters. Wonder at Medusa's potent venom, Circe's fierce sorcery and Athena rising up over Olympus, as Nikita Gill majestically explores the untold stories of the life bringers, warriors, creators, survivors and destroyers that shook the world - the great Greek Goddesses.

These Are the Words: Fearless verse to find your voice

Paperback, 18/08/2022, £7.99
These Are the Words is the empowering first-ever YA feminist collection written and illustrated by international poetry sensation Nikita Gill, containing all the things she wished someone had told her when she was a growing up.

Werewolf Club Rules!: And Other Poems

Paperback, 01/08/2014, £8.99
Find out the mysterious rules of Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow, what happens when puppies fall in love - and how to fold up your gran! This is an exciting debut poetry collection from a young poet who is already performing his work successfully at venues across the UK.
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