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About All Stories

All Stories is a free mentorship and outreach programme that supports children’s book writers from underrepresented groups (people of colour, disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQ+, working class and socio-economically marginalised). It was founded in 2021, when editor and author Catherine Coe decided she had to do something to tackle the lack of diversity in children’s books.

All Stories 2024 is the third programme, growing year on year thanks to our generous funders and support from the book community. It includes a comprehensive six-month mentorship scheme, UK-wide in-person writing workshops and writing groups, online writing workshops and writing groups, and an industry event for previous mentees to build connections with agents and editors.

Meet the All Stories team

Patrons

Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer. Her books have been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and Carnegie Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, the Bristol Crimefest YA Prize twice, the Woman and Home Teen Drama Award, the inaugural Jhalak Children’s Award for Writers of Colour and the Little Rebels Awards for Radical Children’s Fiction. 

Patrice is a seasoned reviewer of picture books and early readers for Letterbox Library and has judged many book prizes including the Little Rebels Award and the Queen’s Knickers illustrated book award. She has been awarded an MBE for Literature and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is proud to be the patron of All Stories, and you can find her video with submission tips here.

Twitter: @LawrencePatrice

Rashmi Sirdeshpande is an award-winning children’s author and BookTrust Writer in Residence from March-August 2024. She writes uplifting picture books and illustrated non-fiction and her books include Never Show a T-Rex a Book (illustrated by Diane Ewen), Dadaji’s Paintbrush (illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane), and Amazing Asia: An encyclopaedia of an epic continent (illustrated by Jason Lyon). A former World Book Day author, Rashmi’s books have been published around the world and featured in national and international newspapers. She has won a number of awards, including the Diverse Book Awards and the Society of Authors Queen’s Knickers Award, which celebrates “outstanding” picture books. She is a judge for the Jhalak Prize and very excited to be a patron of All Stories.

You can find Rashmi on Twitter/X and Instagram and her website is www.rashmisirdeshpande.com

Committee

Catherine Coe is the founder and director of All Stories, in charge of overall management of the programme. If you email with a question, it’ll most likely be Catherine who answers! As an editor and author from a working class background, Catherine understands what it’s like to feel marginalised in the publishing industry; she created All Stories from her determination to improve diversity in children’s books. Catherine is also an All Stories mentor – you can find more information about her here.

Patrice Lawrence is the inclusivity consultant for All Stories, as well as being a patron (see above). Patrice’s remit is to help ensure the programme is accessible, open and welcoming to everyone from underrepresented groups.

Laura Warminger is in charge of workshop organisation and also brings invaluable insights to the committee as a former All Stories mentee. You can find more information about her here.

Natascha Biebow is the content consultant for All Stories, offering her 30 years’ experience as an editor to help shape the programme and best support our mentees. Natascha is also an All Stories mentor – you can find more information about her here.

Nina Douglas is an award-winning publicist who has been working in publishing PR for 21 years, both in-house and freelance, with publishers big and small across the UK and occasionally the US. NDPR was established in 2016 and works with trade and specialist publishers in children’s, YA (young adult) and crossover books, and with book-related charities and industry organisations. Nina is passionate about supporting writers, artists and book-industry associated creatives in building their knowledge of the industry, and their power in building their own profile and telling their own stories on their own terms. Nina can be found online mostly on Instagram: @ninacdouglas but also occasionally on X: @ninadouglas Nina is also a supporter in kind through her Pocket Publicist newsletter – find more information about that here.