Walker to publish 'deliciously dark' stories by Joseph Coelho

Rights - Children Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Fairytales Gone Bad will be illustrated by Freya Hartas

Tanya Rosie, senior editor at Walker, has signed a pre-emptive deal for a three-part horror series for children by poet Joseph Coelho. Fairytales Gone Bad will be illustrated by Freya Hartas. Walker has world rights through Felicity Trew at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, with Doreen Thorogood at Good Illustration Agency representing Hartas.

Walker will publish the first book in the series, Zombierella, in September 2020. It is a "deliciously dark" story written in verse.

Rosie said: "I have been a long-time fan of Joseph Coelho's poetry and picture book writing. So, when Zombierella arrived on my desk, I couldn't have been more excited. It was completely different from anything I'd read from Joseph before - daringly irreverent and deliciously gruesome, it showcased Joseph's wild imagination and remarkable, always-lyrical way with words. There is no-one better than Freya Hartas to tap into the atmosphere of these stories - her vision is fresh and funny. They are a hugely exciting new pairing, and I can't wait until these books are in readers' hands and being shared among friends."

Coelho's recent publishers have included Frances Lincoln, Otter-Barry, Wide Eyed Editions, and Andersen Press.

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