DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE is a monthly show all about children’s books, presented by three children’s publishing industry insiders - Katherine Woodfine, Melissa Cox & Louise Lamont.
Each episode features special studio guests, author and illustrator interviews, and reviews of the very best new books for children - from picture books through to young adult novels.
The show began in early 2014, in response to discussions about the lack of children’s books coverage in the mainstream media. Children’s books currently receive just 3% of newspaper review coverage, though they account for over 30% of the UK book market (see author SF Said’s campaign #CoverKidsBooks for more information). Looking for new opportunities to fly the flag for children’s books, Katherine spoke to London arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm about starting a children’s book show to give some much-needed space to a discussion of children’s literature.
The first episode broadcast on Resonance in February 2014, featuring Alex T Smith, Laura Dockrill, Tanya Byrne, Nikesh Shukla and the Etherington Brothers - and so DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE was born!
Since then, the show has played host to dozens of leading children’s books authors, illustrators and industry experts - as well as children themselves talking about the books they love.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE broadcasts at 5pm on Resonance 104.4fm on the last Tuesday of each month, and is also now available as a podcast.
Katherine Woodfine is the bestselling author of The Sinclair's Mysteries: The Clockwork Sparrow and The Jewelled Moth and most recently The Painted Dragon (Egmont UK). Until 2015 she worked for reading charity Book Trust on projects including the Children’s Laureate and YALC, the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention. When not writing, she can be found reviewing children's books for the magazine The Week Junior or organising book events. She recently started a Youtube channel in order to have even more places to talk about children’s books.
Find her on Twitter @followtheyellow
Melissa Cox has been selling children’s books for almost nine years; first as a bookseller at Waterstones and later as a buyer and then Head of Books at their head office. She recently made the switch to the publishing side of the fence and is now Editorial Director at Hodder & Stoughton. Her favourite book is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and she thinks the best Harry Potter book is Half-Blood Prince – do not fight her on this.
Find her on Twitter @Melissa_Maria
Louise Lamont is the children’s and YA agent at LBA Books. She began her publishing career at the literary agency AP Watt Ltd, where for five years she lived in constant fear of sending Philip Pullman an email intended for her flatmate Philippa Mann. The first book she remembers reading (pointedly at her parents) was Not Now, Bernard; her favourite book is Anne of Green Gables – not unrelatedly, she is expert at identifying People You Didn’t Know Were Canadian.
Find her on Twitter @LLMonts
If you would like to get in touch, you can contact the Down the Rabbit Hole team by email on downtherabbitholeradio[at]gmail.com