First Spreads Panel


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Alice Williams set up her agency in 2018 after representing children’s books for over ten years at David Higham Associates. She’s a passionate champion of the writers and illustrators she works with, and she’s frequently in awe of the beauty and sense of wonder (or absurdity) that her clients create!

Alice focuses on sensitive editorial/portfolio development, submitting and showcasing clients’ work widely, tenacious contract negotiation, and considered rights management.

She offers the personal support that gives her clients confidence to concentrate on their creative work, and the editorial and industry expertise that paves the way to commercial success.

Alice lives and works in London and has an extensive network of industry contacts in the UK and abroad. She attends the Bologna and London Book Fairs each Spring, as well as writers’ conferences throughout the year.

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature, Lorna Hemingway (she/her) completed her MA in Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, where she was personally mentored by Michael Rosen.

Lorna Hemingway joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 and is now building her own list while being one of the agency assistants; she runs the social media channels and creates bespoke assets for our clients and publishers.

Rebecca Anastasi Junior Editor, Picture Books

Rebecca studied English Literature at the University of York. After graduating, she enjoyed work experience placements at Penguin Random House and HarperCollins before taking a detour into academic publishing. After four years working on the Politics, Anthropology and Philosophy lists, Rebecca decided that it was time to pursue her dream of working with children’s books. She’s delighted to have flown into the Crow’s Nest and to become part of such a creative and vibrant environment.

Clare Helen Welsh is a former primary school teacher turned writing tutor and children’s author, living in South West England with her husband and two children. Clare does her best writing by the sea (or on the sofa with a dog on her lap!), which is lucky because she lives close to many beautiful beaches and the salty sea air (and has a dog called Hope!)

When Clare isn’t writing stories, she is inspiring children to write their own. She loves visiting schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals in her authormobile, giving her an outlet for her BIG ideas. Once she helped a class make a giant rice crispy cake that was so wide it wouldn’t fit through the door!

But her best idea yet has been putting pen to paper. Clare loves writing whacky, funny books but is also passionate about writing stories that help children deal with big feelings and difficult issues, including dementia, divorce and serious heath issues. She has recently started writing books that are a mix of fact and fiction, interweaving non-fiction with brilliant storytelling.

Clare is the founder of Books That Help – an initiative that aims to celebrate picture books and how they can be used therapeutically to navigate life’s up and downs..

Clare is represented by Alice Williams of Alice Williams Literary.



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