Naomi has worked within children’s publishing for 20 years in both marketing and publicity roles. Her job has involved running successful events with high profile authors in schools, libraries, bookshops and at festivals throughout the UK. Most recently she has worked exclusively with Jacqueline Wilson organising twice yearly nationwide tours of bookshops and libraries.
Her past experience at Random House Children’s Publishers has involved working with authors such as Malorie Blackman, Terry Pratchett, Pete Johnson, Philip Pullman, Theresa Breslin, Bali Rai and Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
Annie Everall OBE
Annie is a qualified children’s librarian who worked in children, young people’s and schools library services in Birmingham and Derbyshire for over 30 years. During her career she has developed and managed a range of award winning innovative services and initiatives including the Birmingham Centre for the Child, The Young Readers UK book festival, The Stories from the Web and the Derbyshire Big Book Bash for children in care and their carers. She has been involved in organising many events in schools, libraries and festivals and has always been firmly committed to enabling children to experience the magic of meeting their favourite writers and discovering new ones.
Annie has also been chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards and the Youth Libraries Group. She has also organised the English and Welsh part of the first UK tour of Libraries by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson. She is also a children’s book reviewer. She is the UK representative on the Literacy & Reading committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and is the co-ordinator of the World Through Picture Books and the Sister Libraries programmes for the IFLA Children and Young Adults section. She is a previous winner of the Personal PR Achievement Award in the Library Association / T C Farries Publicity and PR Awards. In 2001 she was awarded the OBE for services to children’s books and libraries.
Anne Marley MBE
Anne is a qualified children’s librarian who has worked at a senior level in public and schools library services for over 30 years, most recently in Hampshire where she has overseen many author events in schools throughout the county bringing the excitement of meeting an author into the classroom.
In addition to her work for Hampshire Library Service, for the past 28 years she has been the organiser of the highly successful Wessex Children’s Book Festival. This Festival has attracted up to 10,000 people each year who have enjoyed talks by a host of high profile authors and illustrators. Guest authors in recent years have been Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen, Anthony Browne, Kaye Umansky, Andy Stanton, Frank Cottrell Boyce and many others.
Anne has also been the Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, the Youth Libraries Group and The Children’s Book Circle. Most recently she has been a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) National Committee.
She now also runs the highly successful and acclaimed Branford Boase Award for first time children’s novelists and their editors, alongside which runs the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition for children, which attracts up to 1,000 entries every year.
In 2012, she was awarded an MBE for Services to Local Government.
‘Naomi Cooper, Annie Everall and Anne Marley have been my professional colleagues and dear friends for many years. They are informed, efficient and ultra reliable and I couldn’t recommend them more highly.’
Dame Jacqueline Wilson