Firefly Press is excited to announce Firefly Ignite: a programme of free online sessions for new and aspiring writers from underrepresented backgrounds. These sessions are open to writers born, raised and/or living in Wales, and aim to demystify children’s publishing.

You can find out more about the sessions below.

Firefly Ignite: Shining a Light on…

  • Agents – with literary agent Anwen Hooson – Tuesday 23rd May at 7pm
  • Editors – with Firefly editors Penny Thomas, Rebecca F. John and Rebecca Lloyd – Monday 5th June 7pm
  • Authors – with authors Yvonne Banham, Claire Fayers, Luke Palmer and Alex Wharton – Monday 19th June 7pm

These sessions are perfect for those who want to write for children, teens and young adults but don’t know where to start, or what to do next. Each session will provide an introduction and insight into a different stage of publishing and share some top tips for aspiring authors. There will also be an opportunity to put your own questions to any of our guest speakers.

The Firefly Ignite programme is eligible to writers who are currently underrepresented in children’s publishing. This includes (but is not limited to) LGBTQ+ writers, writers of colour, writers from working-class backgrounds, neurodiverse writers, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, and writers with a disability/ illness. We ask that you self-identify and do not ask that you prove your eligibility.

All events are free and will be held on Zoom. The sessions will be in English, but we welcome both Welsh and English language writers to join. Unfortunately, as Firefly does not publish picture books, we will not be discussing books for this age group.

If you would like to attend, you can register free here:

This opportunity has been made possible through support and funding from Creative Wales and the Books Council of Wales.

Firefly are an award-winning independent children’s and YA publisher based in Wales, publishing quality fiction in all genres for 5-19 years olds.

If you have any questions about the programme or eligibility, feel free to email

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