Alt-Write

Creative reactions to uncertain times

The editors

Editors Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter are a mother and daughter team with a proven track record in publishing. In 2003 they co-edited Lines in the Sand: New writing on war and peace published by Frances Lincoln in the UK and The Disinformation Press in the US. All the contributors' royalties and the publishers’ profits went to UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children of Iraq. For more about the editors click here.

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman is a British writer and critic. She has had over a hundred books published for children and adults.

One of her best known works is the children's book Amazing Grace, which was a New York Times bestseller at 1.5 million copies and a finalist for the 1991 Kate Greenaway Medal.

In 1998 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association for her work with children and schools. She worked at the Open University for nearly five years, contributing to courses for teachers on reading, language and children's literature. For eighteen years she was Reading Consultant to BBC Schools TV's Look and Read series and wrote the teaching scripts. She has been a freelance, self-employed professional writer and journalist since 1980. From 2002 to 2012, she wrote the successful teen fiction series Stravaganza. In 2011 she was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and as British Children's Laureate.

Rhiannon Lassiter

Rhiannon Lassiter is the eldest daughter of children’s writer Mary Hoffman. Rhiannon’s first novel, Hex, was accepted for publication when she was nineteen years old. She completed the book and a sequel while at university reading English Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Her psychological horror novel, Bad Blood, was nominated for six awards including the Guardian Prize and the Book Trust Prize.