Launching Scoop magazine

At the start of this year I met Clemmie Macmillan-Scott in a cafe in Soho and she told me about her vision for a magazine for young readers aged between 8 and 12 that would offer them fiction, poetry, cultural affairs, politics, humour … and so much more.  A print magazine with wonderful worlds conjured for young readers through words and pictures.  And I knew right then that I wanted to work with her and share her vision and help bring this magazine to life.  So, we started working together and the magazine is now so close to being a reality.

Today the website launched at and the plan is to make sure that alongside being the place that you go to subscribe to the magazine the website will have fresh and original features and blogs, information about the competitions for young readers which are a very important part of the magazine as we want to feature our readers work alongside the amazing authors whose  bios are also on the site.  Please do go and have a look and please do let us know what you think.

Issue one will be available on the 23rd September and we will publish ten issues a year.  (August and December will be the missing months!)  It is a perfect Christmas present, birthday present or just simply present present for the child in your life that will bring year round reading pleasure.

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

There are writers that we read that will forever live in our hearts and heads.  Writers whose vision, and eloquence, and understanding of their world and the wider world expands our own and makes us more understanding. For me Langston Hughes is one of those writers.  A hugely important writer whose work heralded the Harlem Renaissance , one of America’s most important creative geniuses.

And then today I heard about this fund raiser from I, Too Arts Collective, a nonprofit organization committed to nurturing voices from underrepresented communities in the creative arts. Their first major project is to provide a space for emerging and established artists in Harlem to create, connect, and showcase work and the goal is to lease and renovate the brownstone where Langston Hughes lived in Harlem as a way to not only preserve his legacy but to build on it and impact young poets and artists.
As Langston Hughes said ‘Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly’  Help make this dream become a reality and help affect the creative and working lives of people for years to come,

AFCC 2016 and looking forward to AFCC 2017

This May I spent five days in Singapore attending the impressive AFCC (Asian Festival for Children’s Content).  The conference draws professionals involved in the world of children’s books, film, games and other media together in the National Library and hours are spent talking, listening and learning about other peoples expertise.

This year the country of focus was Japan and publishers, writers and illustrators from Japan presented their wonderful books to a very interested crowd whose members came from all over the world.

If you want to know more about the events and the scale of the conference visit the website which not only looks forward to next years event from 17th to 21st May (when the country of focus is Indonesia) but also looks back at the conference over the six years of its existence.

If you are interested in taking part the organisers have put a call out for submissions for papers

There is no fee paid to speakers but if you are selected to speak then you are given a free multi-day pass to the conference which is worth its weight in gold based on the quality, diversity and range of the wonderful speakers.

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Fancy something new to read?



How delicious it is to sit down with a magazine and not be entirely sure what you are going to find between its page, to have a sense of excitement and curiosity about what will be there.  That is the feeling we are hoping to engender and encourage when people subscribe to Scoop.

Scoop is a new magazine for children between the ages of 8 and 12.  It will be jam packed full of wonderful content by a fantastic range of writers and illustrators offering all sorts of different children something to tickle their reading fancy.

From Catherine Johnson to Gareth Jones, Emerald Fennell to Piers Torday, Chris Priestley to Lucy Coats the fiction will be a rich mix of voices and perspectives.  From a look at the fun of cycling to how to paint a flower like Georgia O’Keefe we will have a range of activities.  From writing a play to writing a poem we will encourage interaction.  There will be graphic novel fiction and non-fiction, quizzes, competitions, reviews of exhibitions around the country as well as  reviews of books.  There won’t be a moments boredom and all this and so much more from the likes of Tom Stoppard, Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin ….

So, who are we?  We are Clementine Macmillan-Scott the founder of the magazine.  She has worked as Coordinator of the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka and the Galle Children’s Festival. And me.  Editor-in-Chief, commisioning content and working with contributors.  Our Marketing Director Joanne Owen, a children’s and YA author and reviewer, who has worked for Bloomsbury Children’s, Macmillan Children’s, Walker Books and Nosy Crow.  We all love reading, care about what children read and want that to be fun, quality, accessible and challenging.

Our aim is to enthuse children about the written word in as many ways as possible and publishing monthly at £3.99 per issue it is an irresistible purchase.  The website goes live in the 1st September with lots of exciting content until then you can visit the site to register for a subscription  We are on twitter and instagram @scoop_the_mag and the first issue will publish on the 23rd September.

Why not subscribe for someone you know.  At £39.99 what a perfect year round birthday, Christmas or any-day present.

ISSUE 1: what it looks like and how to support it

And how we are incredibly grateful to Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Malorie Blackman…

What do you think of our cover for issue one? Today we can exclusively reveal that the brilliant Eoin Colfer will be writing a story for us that will be published in four parts throughout our first year in print – a (practically) full list of contents can be seen in the previous blog post.

So, now you know more about what you’re getting, onto funding… We need to get the first issue off the ground and to do this we’ve decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign. There are various levels of support on this, all of which will give you a copy of the first issue amongst other things. We don’t want to offer anything more than issue one at this point, as we can’t guarantee raising enough money to go any further (fingers crossed though!).

We also have to say a massive thank you to Neil Gaiman who has helped us with our Kickstarter campaign by featuring in our video.  A massive thank you also has to go to all of those luminaries who gave us some lovely quotes for the Kickstarter page.

Once issue one is out we will then contact (ahem, pester) everyone with details of how to then subscribe via our subscription partners. But for the moment, if you’d like to support issue one please go to HERE!! Alternatively, you can buy a copy in a number of stores that we’ll list on the website nearer the time of publication. We already have Daunts on board in the UK and are looking to have many more stockists worldwide!

Thanks for bearing with us, nearly there…



ISSUE 1: there’s definitely a crossword in it

So, we’re about to announce the details of how you can get behind issue 1 and it’s only fair we let you know what’s in the magazine we hope you want to support.

Here’s some of the content list for issue 1 of TRQ. We’re really excited about the wide range of articles and the amazing spread of contributors from around the world, and we hope you like them too. Admittedly, we get a sneak preview of what the articles are about, but hopefully the article titles are tantalising enough.

We have…

‘Hunting for the Birds: A Designer’s Memories of Childhood Reading’ by Stuart Bache, UK

‘Cinderella and a World Audience’ by Nury Vittachi, Hong Kong

‘The Last Taboo: What Interactive Prints Says About the Digital Revolution’ by Elizabeth Bird, USA

‘The Artisan Publisher: Tara Books, Chennai, India’ by Gita Wolf, India

‘A New Arabic Publishing Model’ by Kalimat Publishers, UAE

‘Children and the Magic of Bookshops’ by Jen Campbell, UK

From Institution to Market: Publishing for the African Child’ by Ainehi Edoro, Nigeria/USA

‘The Theme of Independence in Children’s Literature in India’ by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, India

‘The New Internationalists: The Changing Scene of Illustrated Books Published in the UK’ by Martin Salisbury, UK

‘A Singaporean Interpretation of Classic Children’s Stories’ by Myra Garces-Bacsal, Singapore

‘American Nonsense and the Work of Carl Sandburg and Dave and Toph Eggers’ by Michael Heyman, USA

‘The Work of Beatrix Potter and the Loss of Innocence‘ by Eleanor Taylor, UK

‘A Look at Translation’ by Daniel Hahn, UK

And that’s not all, we also have…

Original fiction (well, the the first of four parts) by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Adrienne Geoghegan, Ireland

Original poetry by Toni Stuart, South Africa

A comic strip explaining what Gary Northfield (UK) really hates drawing

An illustrator profile on Catarina Sobral (Portugal) who has illustrated our amazing first issue cover


A Literary Crossword by Tristan Hanks, UK


A Quick Thank You

It is only a week since The Read Quarterly was announced through both The Bookseller in the UK and Publishers Weekly in the USA. But it feels like a week that has cemented such an important part of our futures. We are now committed to publishing the magazine. Not so much because we have said we will. But because of the absolutely amazing response we have had from people around the world to the news that a journal looking at the culture of children’s literature will be launched in 2016.

We now have commitments from people wanting to subscribe in countries as far apart as Australia, Egypt, India, UK, USA and Brazil and many places in-between. We have heard from librarians, publishers, lay people, authors and illustrators saying how much they look forward to being able to enjoy the magazine. We have been offered articles, art work, access to houses who are interested in our soon to be regular feature about artisan publishers. We have heard from our potential audience and now we are not making this publication in a vacuum, we are making it with a very real end user in mind. And that is more motivating than just about anything that has happened that got us to this point.

Soon we will be making announcements about our subscription arrangements. Until then thank you for your interest and support. And please keep emailing, it makes all the difference to us.