Laura Dockrill

Children's Author/Illustrator

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Associate Agent: Emily Talbot
Assistant: Molly Jamieson

Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Charlotte Edwards

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Assistant: Jennifer Johnston

Books

Laura Dockrill is an award winning author and illustrator. The first in her 'Darcy Burdock' series was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year prize and her most recent young adult novel, Big Bones, was released in 2018. Her previous works MISTAKES IN THE BACKGROUND, UGLY SHY GIRL and ECHOES earned her plaudits like ‘Top 10 Literary Talent’ from The Times newspaper and 'Top 20 Hot Faces to Watch' from Elle magazine.

Laura has appeared on a host of TV programmes; CBeebies, Blue Peter, Newsnight and BBC Breakfast to name a few. In 2013 she also wrote, performed and illustrated a ‘Random Act’ for Channel 4.

Her radio prowess spans across the entire BBC network, having performed works on Radio 1 through 6 including Woman's Hour and Open Book. Her radio commissioned work includes short stories for Radio 4 and is a poet in residence for Radio 1.

She is on the advisory panel at The Ministry Of Stories, and has judged many literary prizes including the John Betjeman Poetry Prize, BBC National Short Story Prize and the BAFTA Children’s Prize.

Laura is embarking on her fifth year of mentoring with the charity First Story, and was the writer in residence for Booktrust. Other commissioned work has seen Laura collaborate with Lush, Oasis, Bacardi, EastPak and Irregular Choice. She is also the founder of ‘This Is Not a Female Tribe’ a networking session for women in the arts, previously held at London’s Southbank Centre.

Upcoming publications:

ANGRY COOKIE (6th September 2018, Walker)

Prepare to fall absolutely in love with this irresistible cookie, crumbly chocolate chips and all.

OH NO! Barbra the cactus won’t stop playing her recorder, the yummy strawberry toothpaste has run out, and now – to top it all off – Cookie has to have his hair cut! Which all makes for one VERY ANGRY little cookie... But perhaps you, the reader, can find a way to turn his grumpy frown upside down? This is a wildly inventive, interactive, laugh-out-loud tale brings Laura Dockrill's one-of-a-kind voice and Maria Karipidou's hilarious illustrations to the Walker list.

Recent Publications

BIG BONES (8th March 2018, Hot Key Books)

It's a food diary. I have to tell the truth. That's the point.

Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones - is a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she's perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. 
Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. . .
Tuck in for best mates, belly laughs, boys and the best Bakewell tart.

MY MUM'S GROWING DOWN (3rd August 2017, Faber)

She says 'I've worked so hard for years and I deserve a rest!'
As she scribbles with crayons and pours custard down her dress,
She's dangling from the banister with her head upside-down!
Does your Mum do this?
Help! My Mum's growing DOWN!

Mum is a gamer, a party animal and a free spirit making life hard work for her nine year old son. These poems are a glimpse into their parent child relationship; their antics and adventures. The poems are bold, brave, funny and some - very moving. This collection shows just how funny, rude and naughty mums can be! It's Dahl meets Dr Seuss meets Colin McNaughton with a sprinkling of Absolutely Fabulous.

 

Film, TV & Theatre

Laura Dockrill writes, draws and talks.

Her recent publications include Big Bones (Hot Key), My Mum’s Growing Down (Faber), Aurabel and Lorali (Hot Key) and the hugely popular five-book Darcy Burdock series (Corgi).  Forthcoming books include Angry Cookie (Walker Books).  She has twice been nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

As a playwright her work has been seen at the Bush Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall and the Young Vic.  She studied scriptwriting at the Royal Court and Soho theatres.  

Everyone's falling for Laura Dockrill
Vogue

The world is so lucky to be invited into the imagination of my favourite person
Adele

Laura's salty version of Romeo and Juliet, Sea Side Story, is available to view here.

In Development

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2018

Watermill Theatre

Dir. Laura Keefe
Music by Hugo White (The Maccabees)

OPTIONED SERIES

Wall To Wall

COMMISSION

Boundless Theatre

COMMISSION

Half Moon Theatre

COMMISSION

National Theatre

Theatre

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2018

Wigmore Hall

Music by Kerry Andrew

ABOUT THAT LIFE

2014

Young Vic

R&D Project
Dir. Justin Audibert

HEAT&LIGHT PROJECT

2012

Hampstead Theatre

Writer & Deviser

66 BOOKS: MATTHEW

2011

Bush Theatre

Writer

OBEY

2011

Phrased & Confused

Writer & Performer

GLUE MOUTH

2011

Royal Festival Hall

Writer & Performer

UGLY SHY GIRLS

2010

Royal Festival Hall

Writer & Performer

Short Films

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2016

British Council

Part of 'Star Cross'd'

Television

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BLUE PETER

2014

BBC 1

Writer & Performer of 'The Boy Who Left his Smile at Home'

RANDOM ACTS: LEGACY

2013

Channel 4

Writer, Illustrator & Performer

RHYME ROCKET

2012

BBC Cbeebies

Writer & Performer

Radio

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TWENTY MINUTES: MAKING FRIENDS

2013

BBC Radio 3

Writer & Performer

AFTERNOON READING: THE DELETION

2013

BBC Radio 4

Writer & Performer

EARWIG

2011

BBC Radio 4

Writer & Performer

Promos

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ARE YOU AN ANIMAL PERSON?

2012

Lush

Writer & Performer

I BET LEONARDO DI CAPRIO WEARS A RUCKSACK

2011

Eastpak

Writer & Performer

STRICT

2010

Oasis

Writer & Performer