Idris Elba, a multi-award-winning actor, musician, filmmaker, and activist has signed a global multi-book deal with HarperCollins to publish a range of children’s books launching in 2022. The UK/US co-publication deal will include picture books and fiction featuring characters and a world imagined and developed by Elba and his writing partner Robyn Charteris. Charteris has written numerous live-action dramas, pre-school and animation programs as well as educational theatre for schools.
“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris, and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins,” Elba said.
“Idris Elba is one of the most iconic and multi-talented creatives of his generation and I am delighted that he is joining the HarperCollins Children’s Books list. From the outset, Idris had a very clear vision of the characters and stories he has imagined, and is passionate about creating books that will appeal to all children,” Executive Publisher HCCB UK, Ann-Janine Murtagh said.
“Robyn Charteris has a fantastic track record in writing for children, working with some of the biggest producers of children’s entertainment, and I am hugely excited to also welcome her to the world of children’s books. I feel privileged that Idris has entrusted us to bring his stories to life and I cannot wait to share them with children across the globe.”
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