expert judges_meet rachel

Join us in welcoming the newest member of our expert judging panel, Rachel Hamilton!  Rachel is the talented author behind ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’, the first in a series of children’s books published by Simon and Schuster. Rachel will be judging the Blogger category and will help decide who will win the life changing prize from Penguin Random House UK!

We wanted to get to know Rachel a little more and hear about her expertise in the writing world! We asked Rachel:

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

“I’ve wanted to write stories since I first learnt to form letters. I’m a self-confessed English geek, scoring 100% for A-level English Literature, graduating with a first class degree in English Literature and Language, and studying at both Oxford and Cambridge.

I worked as an advertising planner and copywriter at BBH, Lowe Lintas, Fallon and DDB, where I won a gold AME award and several gold Effie awards for advertising effectiveness before I left to do more of my own writing.

Together with my sister, I created Book Walrus – a website for people who love children’s literature, which received half a million hits in its first four months.

I’ve slightly neglected the blog since the launch of my first book, ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’ in May of this year. The book was runner-up in the Emirates Festival of Literature First Fiction competition and sold out on Amazon within 72 hours of launch. It has received positive reviews and was a Recommended Summer Read in the Sunday Express and the Nat Geo Kids Magazine.”


How do you think creativity and technology are linked?

“I’m a big fan of collaborative creativity and get my best ideas by bouncing thoughts off other people. So I love the way mobile and digital technology connect everyone and everything, creating a huge melting pot of thoughts, ideas and inspiration. I agree with Steve Jobs’ that creativity is often ‘just connecting things’ and technology makes this easier by giving everyone a voice and a creative outlet.”

If that has inspired you to get writing why not create and enter a blog into the Blogger category! Check out the website for all the details on how to enter! 

Be sure to check out Rachel’s second blog post for lots of Tips & Inspiration for your Blogger Category entry!