POSTPONED Ask the Experts – Children’s Publishing

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone our ASK THE EXPERTS event until April 2017. Current ticket holders will be fully reimbursed and offered discounts on future ticket purchases. Many apologies for any inconvenience this has caused and for any further questions please contact




We are extremely excited to announce our very first Fat Fox conference, although here at the Den we prefer to call it a “pow wow”. We’re bringing the top experts in children’s book publishing together in the most beautiful rural setting to shed light on how the publishing process works.

Set amongst picturesque pole barns and hay bales in the Kent countryside, you’ll listen to inspiring sessions on all areas of children’s publishing from authors and illustrators to literary newspaper editors, agents, book buyers and the key gatekeepers of children’s literature, helping unlock the door to getting your work published.


Speakers confirmed so far (more to follow – keep checking for updates)


Nicolette Jones is a writer, critic, and broadcaster, specialising in literary and arts journalism, who has worked for national newspapers and the book trade press. She has been the Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for more than two decades, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of children’s books.


Charlotte Eyre is the children’s editor at The Bookseller magazine, where she is responsible for coverage of the children’s and YA book market.   She also helped programme the Children’s Bookseller Conference.


Andy Stanton is an English children’s writer and blues singer. He grew up in the London suburbs of Harrow and Pinner and attended the    Latymer School in Hammersmith. He lives in North London. Award-winning author of the ‘Mr Gum’ series


Hilary Delamere is a partner at The Agency and continues to represent Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear alongside a wide range of children’s    book authors and illustrators from pre-school books to YA novels – handling their publishing deals alongside their film, TV and stage rights.


Vanessa Altin – Author of the groundbreaking and hugely successful YA book – The Pomegranate Tree – the only Young Adult novel ever written on the Syrian crisis


Julia Patton – Illustrator of the official Children in Need book 2015 – The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex – written by 25 different celebrities


Giles Paley-Phillips – Author of several internationally acclaimed picture books, including the Fearsome Beastie which is currently being made into an animated film



Caroline Hill-Trevor – Agent at The Rights People, Caroline started her publishing career as an Editor at Heinemann Young Books, moving into rights at Scholastic Children’s Books in 1991 where she sold rights in a huge range of books ranging from humorous non-fiction to award-winning literary titles. Since leaving Scholastic Caroline has continued her rights career through her own consultancy work, and has been involved with Rights People from the beginning and with Working Partners Ltd before

Nina Douglas – Children’s publishing social media expert, ex-head of PR at Hachette


As part of the day you’ll also enjoy:

  • Complimentary homemade cakes, pastries, tea & coffee after both the morning and afternoon sessions.
  • A sensational home-cooked lunch served in the picturesque pole barn.
  • The chance to discuss your ideas and mix with the day’s speakers (and the Fat Fox team!) over wine and nibbles at the end of the day.
  • Shuttle bus from/to Ashford station (London St. Pancras to Ashford – 38 minutes) and ample parking on site

Come and join us for a truly memorable day that will connect you with the very best in children’s publishing.

For those wishing to make an extended weekend of it, discount accommodation is available at the venue Brick House Farm with its selection of bell tents, vintage caravans and even a fishing shack on the banks of the pond. Alternatively, further discounted accommodation is available at fantastic local pub The Woolpack

BUY TICKET  – £189