Five-figure deal to indie Inside Pocket

Independent children's publisher Inside Pocket has signed a five-figure four-book deal with Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Ursula Jones.

Director of Inside Pocket, Sarah Harrop, acquired world rights, including audio and e-book, to the titles from Celia Catchpole. The first title is a standalone novel about a children's acting troupe in the 1930s, called The Young Stars. The remaining three titles will be a trilogy called The Lost King, set in a strange world of slave cities, power struggles and betrayal. Inside Pocket will publish in 2012.

Creative director Christoph Kenshole said "Ursula brings a wonderful exuberance to her writing, drawing on her theatrical background and we are thrilled to be working with her."
Jones has previously published picturebooks The Witch's Children, The Witch's Children and the Queen, which won a gold Smartie  award, and The Witch's Children Go to School, winner of the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Jones has also written 17 plays for children, and spent a year at London's Unicorn Theatre for Children, where she wrote three Street Shows. She has also scripted 26  episodes of a BBC children's series called "Green Claws".