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Our Mentors

Daphne Lao Tonge
This 2020, Daphne Lao Tonge is mentoring Young Adult
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Daphne Lao Tonge
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Daphne is the founder and owner of Illumicrate, the UK’s first YA and crossover book subscription box since 2015, and a wonderful community of avid book lovers. She’s also Marketing Director for inclusive children’s publisher Knights Of, an event chair, and a 2020 Kitchies judge. Previously, she was an award-winning book blogger from 2011-2018 and a judge for the YA Book Prize and The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME award. She lives in London, but is a Chinese-Filipino born and raised in Manila. She can usually be found fangirling over first editions & fictional princes, and recommending books on social media at @daphlt and @illumicrate.

For Pitch Wars 2020, Daphne Lao Tonge is co-mentoring with Kat Dunn.

Favorite Books

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Years Mentored
2020