SUNDAY 26th September 9-10am (BST)
Author Alex Page and her agent Christabel McKinley discuss their journey so far working together. How Christabel came to represent Alex, how they developed and eventually submitted her work, how they continue to work together. Includes helpful information for writers looking for agents or wanting to know more about navigating agenting relationships, with anecdotes drawing on Alex’s upcoming books as examples.
Alexandra Page is a writer of picture book texts and young fiction. She grew up between England and Zimbabwe, making up stories to entertain her younger sisters and brother. After studying English Literature she settled in London and worked for several years in the production departments at Penguin, Puffin and Walker Books, before becoming a freelance project manager in the City. She loves to travel, swim and spend time with her husband and daughter in her favourite place, Budapest. In 2019, Alexandra’s early middle grade novel, Wishyouwas, was shortlisted for the Times Chicken House prize and won the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award. It will be published in September 2021 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Her debut picture book, The Fire Fox, will be published the following month by the Two Hoots imprint at Macmillan.
Christabel McKinley joined David Higham Associates in 2018, having previously worked in translation rights and at a scouting agency. She graduated with a degree in Russian and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, after which she spent a year teaching English in South Korea. At DHA, she is building a list of exceptional writers for children across all age groups, from picture books to Young Adult.