Member News – April 2022

Posted by Monica Cardenas on 25 April 2022, in Member news, News

Each month we gather news from our members to share with the network! This is what's happening this month...


Byte The Book member and Bookswarm Director Simon Appleby recently launched several new websites, including for writer Alice Oseman, whose work is now a new Netflix series. Bookswarm also launched a website for indie and traditionally-published historical romance author Fenella J. Miller at


Best-selling author and friend of Byte The Book Nicola May is speaking about self-publishing at Statford Literary Festival on May 6th, and has kindly offered two free tickets to Byte The Book members. Email to claim your tickets.


Fancy an inspirational stroll followed by guidance on how to create powerful stories rotted in place? Join Sarah Tinsley at Walthamstow Wetlands for a guided nature walk and writing workshop. She'll help you explore the natural world, go from the shoot of an idea to a fully blooming story, and show you how she drafts and edits her award-winning stories. Byte the Book members get a FREE copy of her book: Shape Your Scribbles, A Practical Guide to Self-Editing Any Story. Register here.




Oscar's Book Prize, established by Byte member James Ashton and his partner Viveka Alvestrand in memory of their son Oscar, recently announced its shortlist. The prize is for books for under five-year-olds and has a £10,000 prize. The prize will be awarded on 17th May by the award's Patron Princess Beatrice at the Ivy Club in London. The shortlisted books are:

I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Halls and Steve Small (Simon and Schuster Children’s Books)
Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield (Walker Books)
The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie (Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley (Simon and Schuster Children’s Books)
Would You Like A Banana by Yasmeen Ismail (Walker Books)


Congrats to Byte The Book member Awais Khan whose short story "The Victim" has been longlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers' Association's Dagger Award. The story is included in the Criminal Pursuits collection, available here.



Member Sarah Tinsley's first in-person book event for her debut novel, The Shadows We Cast, took place last week with award-winning writer Nikki Dudley. The event was titled Women Writing Dark Fiction and took place at the All Good Bookshop. Congrats, Sarah!

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