2018 Guest Judges

The 2018 Little Rebels judges are Darren Chetty, Emily Drabble, B.J. Epstein, Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence.

Darren Chetty

s200_darren.chettyDarren Chetty is a primary teacher and a Teaching Fellow & Doctoral Candidate at UCL IoE; he contributed to the award-winning The Good Immigrant (Unbound: 2016) and is author of the award-winning article, “The Elephant in the Room”; he is also a judge on the YA Book Prize. @rapclassroom



Emily Drabble

UntitledEmily Drabble is head of  children’s book promotion and prizes at BookTrust; she was formerly co-editor of the Guardian children’s book site, and a contributing editor to the Guardian teacher network. @EmilyDrabs



B. J. Epstein

bjepsteinB.J. Epstein is a senior lecturer in literature and public engagement at the University of East Anglia, where she specialises in children’s literature. She’s also a writer, editor, and Swedish-to-English translator. She is the author of Are the Kids All Right? The Representation of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and Young Adult Lit; Translating Expressive Language in Children’s Literature; and Ready, Set, Teach!; the editor of two books on translation in the Nordic countries and co-editor of a forthcoming book on queer and/in translation; and the translator or writer of many other essays, articles, short stories, and other texts. B.J. can be reached through www.awaywithwords.se. @BJEpstein


Catherine Johnson

CatherineJohnsonPubPhotoNov2015 Catherine Johnson is a YA and Middle Grade author; her award-winning novels include Sawbones (winner,Young Quills Best Historical Fiction prize) and The Curious Case of the Lady Caraboo (nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016); she is a scriptwriter for radio, film and television including Bullet Boy (2004); she is also a judge for the Jhalak Prize. Learn more about Catherine here. @catwrote


Patrice Lawrence

A17fnIrmSeL._UX250_Patrice Lawrence is a YA author; her YA debut, Orangeboy was the winner of both the YA Book Prize and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Category for Older Fiction; her most recent work is Indigo Donut; she has worked for over 20 years in social justice groups (including the National Children’s Bureau). @LawrencePatrice





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