|Age Levels:||5-10 and 11-13|
|Will Travel:||Anywhere in my country|
|SCBWI Profile:||Member Profile|
A. M. Dassu is an award winning writer of both non-fiction and fiction and is based in the heart of England. She is the author of the internationally critically acclaimed novel Boy, Everywhere which is one of The Guardian’s, Bookriot’s, BookTrust’s and CLPE’s Best Children’s Books of 2020 and has been given a much coveted star from Kirkus, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly in America. It also featured as one of The Guardian’s Children’s Best New Novels on publication in October, is on Amnesty’s Books That Inspire Activism list and has been listed for 10 awards including the prestigious Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and is the 2021 winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the British Isles and also the winner of the 2021 Little Rebels Children's Award for Radical Fiction. She is Deputy Editor of SCBWI-BI’s magazine, Words & Pictures, and a Director of Inclusive Minds, a unique organisation for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality, and accessibility in children’s literature. She is also patron of The Other Side of Hope, a new print and online literary magazine, edited by immigrants and refugees which serves to celebrate the refugee and immigrant communities worldwide and one of The National Literacy_Trust ‘s Connecting Stories campaign authors which aims to help inspire a love of reading and writing in children and young people. Previously, she has worked in project management, marketing, and editorial. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, Times Educational Supplement, SCOOP Magazine, Lee and Low Books, and DK Books. She won the international We Need Diverse Books mentorship award in 2017. A. M. Dassu has used her publishing deal advances for Boy, Everywhere to assist Syrian refugees in her city and set up a WNDB grant to support an unpublished refugee or immigrant writer. When she isn’t battling emails or writing, she mentors aspiring authors and loves to shout about other people’s books. You can find her on Twitter @a_reflective or Instagram @a.m.dassu or at www.amdassu.com.
I love visiting schools and libraries to meet readers, budding writers, anyone interested in the themes in my books and in the route to becoming a published author. I am a natural performer and am known to engage my audience and leave them feeling inspired.