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Laura Dockrill

Darcy Burdock

Laura Dockrill is the author and illustrator of the Darcy Burdock series, Mistakes In The BackgroundUgly Shy Girl and Echoes. She also resurrects her words on the stage performing poetry and short stories spanning festivals to bookshops; including the E4 Udderbelly, Latitude Festival, Glastonbury, The London Literary Festival, and the BBC Proms. She was named one of the top 10 literary talents by The Times and one of the top 20 'hot faces to watch' by ELLE magazine.

She has performed her work on CBeebies, Newsnight, BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour and each of the BBC’s respective radio channels 1-6 and has been commissioned by Radio 1, 2 and 4. Laura is on the advisory panel at The Ministry Of Stories, has judged the John Betjeman Poetry Prize, been a BAFTA judge, and mentors with the charity First Story. She is currently working on the second Darcy Burdock book, a film-script, and song-writing (for others, of course!).