Author Lucy Coats

Lucy Coats has worked in publishing as an editor, as a bookseller, and is now a journalist and author of children's books for all ages. Her new MG series, Beasts of Olympus is just out from Piccadilly Press, and her YA novel, Cleo, about the teenage Cleopatra, comes from Orchard Books on 7th May. Lucy is also Contributing Editor on the Children's Publishing issue of Publishing Talk Magazine. Find out more at www.lucycoats.com and follow her on Twitter at @lucycoats.

Children's Malorie Blackman at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2015
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Lucy Coats, Contributing Editor to the Children’s Publishing issue of Publishing Talk Magazine, reports back from this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair with details of new and forthcoming titles – and catches up with Children’s Laureate and Publishing Talk cover girl Malorie Blackman.

Children's Faber stand
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Some called it the ‘Quietly Confident Fair’, some the ‘Smiley Fair’ – and one literary scout called it the ‘Fair of the Partial Submission’. There were no empty stands – and the Halls were buzzing. So what really made the 51st Bologna Children’s Book Fair tick? What was hot (and what was not)?