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Gill Evans

Walker Books

Fiction Publisher

Gill Evans began her publishing career in 1980 at Heinemann Educational Books and then moved to Octopus, later Reed Children’s Books, where she published, under the Mammoth imprint key brands including Blyton, Tintin, Winnie the Pooh, Miffy, the Little Prince, Babar; and outstanding writers and illustrators including Robert Westall, Michael Morpurgo, Jamila Gavin, William Nicholson, Babette Cole and Janet and Allan Ahlberg. In 1997 she was a producer on one of the earliest CDRoms, the Ahlberg’s Jolly Postman. In 2000 she became Head of Publishing at Random House Children’s Books, and joined Walker Books in 2003 as Editorial Director and Fiction Publisher. Walker Books is home to best-sellers Anthony Horowitz and Cassandra Clare as well as prize-winning literary talents like Patrick Ness and Mal Peet. Gill has grown the fiction substantially across all areas including graphic novels, several of her younger series are currently optioned for screen adaptation. Gill is responsible for acquisitions and commissioning for mobile, digital (in all its forms) and print releases and works closely with Walker Productions on current CITV commissioned series Fleabag Monkeyface and new series Scream Street, currently in development with Coolabi. She also works with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver on the Hank Zipzer books. In May, Gill published actress and singer Michelle Gayle’s debut novel Pride and Premiership via mobile phone episodes. Gill has many plans for future online publishing and digital marketing initiatives.

Gill will be a speaker in MEET THE COMMISSIONERS: The Digital Revolution of Publishing