The judging panel for the YA Book Prize 2016 is made up of publishing industry experts, book lovers and willl also include teenage readers.

  • Bim Adewunmi

    Writer and journalist

    Bim Adewunmi is a writer and editor, and currently culture editor at BuzzFeed and columnist at Guardian Weekend. She is particularly interested in popular culture, and its intersections with gender and race.

  • Charlotte Eyre

    Children's editor, The Bookseller

    Charlotte Eyre is the children’s editor at The Bookseller magazine, where she is responsible for coverage of the children’s and YA book market. She also helped programme the Children’s Bookseller Conference 2015. She is chair of judges for the YA Book Prize.

    Favourite book as a teenager: Junk by Melvin Burgess

  • Peter Florence

    Director, Hay Festival

    Peter Florence is director of the Hay Festival.

    Favourite book as a teenager: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

  • Kirsten Grant

    Director, World Book Day

    Kirsten Grant is director of World Book Day, the biggest trade-wide celebration of reading and books for children and teens in the UK and Ireland. She has worked in children’s publishing for 18 years and was formerly marketing and campaigns director at PuffinBooks.

    Favourite book as a teenager: The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

  • Jonas Herriot

    Librarian and chair, London’s Youth Libraries Group

    Librarian Jonas Herriot is based at Richmond Reference Library, where he is responsible for services to young people. He is also the current chair of London’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG).

  • Kate McHale

    YA buyer, Waterstones

    Kate McHale is the YA buyer for Waterstones, the UK’s largest specialist bookseller. She started as a bookseller in Ealing, where she worked for several years before heading for the bright lights of the Piccadilly office, and has previously helped judge the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She loves fantasy, smart contemporary YA, and anything with a strong voice and original storytelling.

  • David O'Callaghan

    Youth book buyer, Eason

    David O'Callaghan has been a bookworm since a very early age and is the youth book buyer at Eason, the Irish bookshop chain, and is based in Dublin. Currently obsessed with every form of YA, he last year helped launch DeptCon1 - Ireland’s first YA Convention.

    Favourite book as a teenager: The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)

  • Katherine Woodfine


    Katherine Woodfine is the author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth.

    Until 2015 she was arts project manager for Book Trust, where she project-managed the Children's Laureate and YALC, the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention, curated by Malorie Blackman. Alongside writing, she now continues to organise YALC on a freelance basis for events company Showmasters. She is part of the founding team at Down the Rabbit Hole, a monthly radio show for Resonance FM discussing children’s books.

    Favourite book as a teenager: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith