- Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess' first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990 and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His teenage novel, Junk (1996) won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2007, it was shortlisted for the Carnegie of Carnegies. Bloodtide (1999) was joint winner of the Lancashire County Library Children's Book of the Year Award. His comedy Lady: My Life as a Bitch (2001), also received a great deal of publicity for its frank exploration of the sexual behaviour of a teenage girl.
His teenage novel, Doing It, was published in 2003 and won the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2004, and Sara's Face in 2006. His latest books are Kill All Enemies (2011), The Hit (2013), e-book Krispy Whispers (2013) and Hunger (2014).
Melvin Burgess lives in West Yorkshire.
- Caroline Carpenter
Caroline Carpenter is web editor/acting children’s editor at The Bookseller and chair of the YA Book Prize 2017. She has worked at The Bookseller for three years, following publishing internships and a stint at The Voice newspaper, during which time she has taken a keen interest in children’s and YA publishing. She has run the social media for the YA Book Prize since it launched and is also the author of Guide to the Hunger Games (Plexus Publishing).
- Darren Chetty
Darren is the author of "You can’t say that! Stories have to be about white people", an essay in The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla. He received the Award for Excellence from the International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children for his paper "The Elephant in the Room: Picturebooks, Philosophy for Children and Racism".
- Jim Dean
Jim Dean is a book blogger who also works for children's bookshop Teens on Moon Lane on its website. He is the co-organiser of the Drink YA and Picnic YA events for people in publishing and fans of YA to meet and discuss books. He has run workshops at YALC and YA Shot alongside other bloggers, and won Champion of Diversity and Champion of Social Media at the UKYA Book Blogger awards in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
- Amelia Douglas
Amelia Douglas has been in the publishing industry her whole career, working at Pan Macmillan for many years before joining Clays in 2016. With a background as a production director and a current role in manufacture as an account director, she has a passion for making beautiful books as well as reading them. Her interests include writing, hiking, and developing stories for interactive media.
- Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare is the director of Haydays and Children’s Books Editor of the Guardian. Her most recent book is 1001 Children’s Books to Read Before You Grow Up. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2000 and was appointed MBE in 2014 for services to children’s books.
- Beth Goodyear
Beth is the schools events manager at Scottish Book Trust. She programmes the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour which brings contemporary children’s authors into the classrooms and libraries of thousands of young people across the UK each year. She has been in the children’s book industry for seven years and loves stark prose, strong characters and unhappy endings.
- Jenny Murray
Jenny Murray has worked for Children’s Books Ireland, the national children’s books organisation of Ireland, for over 12 years. Her main role is as overall editor of Inis magazine and the annual Inis Reading Guide. Mostly she just reads all the books that get posted to her. When she was seven years old she met Roald Dahl and hasn’t stopped reading since. Born and raised in the northwest of Ireland, she currently lives and works in Dublin.
- Chelsey Pippin
Chelsey Pippin is a writer and commissioning editor at BuzzFeed UK, where she focuses on personal essays and longform content, as well as writing regular YA book features and a weekly entertainment round up including book, TV, and music recommendations.
- Farah Taylor
Farah worked as a manager with Waterstones until 2012, then joined Watermark Books, King's Cross as a buyer, where she was nominated as one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars. In 2015, she joined the Egyptian chain ALEF Bookstores, in Baker Street. Farah has with 19 years of experience in the book industry.