The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a network of writers, illustrators and other individuals passionate about books for children and young adults. This showcase website hopes to:

• Provide listings of member authors, illustrators and storytellers on our Find a Speaker page who are available to speak in schools, workshops, festivals and other events related to children's books.

• Share the successes of our members via our Awards Page.

• Show off the wonderful art of our illustrators via our monthly focus on Featured Illustrators  and our biennial Exhibition

SCBWI boasts more than 22,000 members worldwide in more than 70 regions, making it the largest children’s writing organisation in the world.

This website was set up by members of our British Isles chapter which encompasses Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. SCBWI British Isles seeks to support aspiring and published writers and illustrators by providing opportunities for professional development, networking, and craft development.


If you are a writer or illustrator, or passionate about children's books, you too can join our friendly and dynamic chapter at www.britishisles.scbwi.org



Natascha loves writing true stories. The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons was selected Best STEM book 2020. She is Co-Chair of SCBWI British Isles and has been awarded an MBE for services to children's writers and illustrators. 

Natascha's website



Candy Gourlay was born in the Philippines, grew up under a dictatorship and met her husband during a revolution. Her novel Bone Talk was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the Carnegie Medal. Candy organises and develops SCBWI programmes for published members. Candy's website



Chitra grew up in Chennai on a diet of Indian myths and epics. Chitra is now the author of 30 books worldwide – her picture books You're Safe With Me and You're Snug With Me illustrated by Poona Mistry were both listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Chitra's website



Soni discovered a love for picture books when she got involved with shadowing the Kate Greenaway Award while working for a school library service. She volunteers with the Pictures Mean Business campaign and serves as SCBWI's Illustrator Coordinator. Soni's website



John worked in Japan for over 20 years seeking a connection between Ukyo-e and Ultraman. He is the illustrator of many books all over the world. Thrice nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award, he now lives in Norwich. John maintains the Featured Illustrator archive of the SCBWI Showcase. John's website