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Edward Trayer

Edward Trayer writes fiction books for children under the pen-name Billy Bob Buttons.

He is the author of sixteen books to date and is published by The Wishing Shelf Press.

In 2011, his book Felicity Brady and the Wizard's Bookshop was long-listed for the International Rubery Book Award, and Tor Assassin Hunter was a runner up in the 2012 UK People's Book Prize.

In 2014, I Think I Murdered Miss won the UK People's Book Prize.

He visits over to 200 UK primary schools every year delivering literacy workshops; it is estimated he has met with over 150,000 children over the last three years.

He is also the founder and organiser of The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.

Edward discusses The Wishing Shelf Awards in this interview and gives  lots of information about how to enter and the judging process.

Find Out More:

Edward Trayer/Billy Bob Button on Wikipedia:

Edward's author website:

The Wishing Shelf Awards:

The Wishing Shelf Awards Facebook Group:

Edward's Amazon Author page:

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Talking points:

An example of Billy Bob Buttons in action at the school mentioned in the interview:




Scholastic Book Clubs:

Deviant Art:

Episode 32, release date Monday 10th October, 2016


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    2 replies to "Episode 32: Edward Trayer"

    • […] 3) I won a Bronze in this year's Wishing Shelf Awards. I'm not really entering awards any more, mainly because most of them are social media ‘beauty contests' or outright money-making schemes, however, the Wishing Shelf Awards is highly recommended, because it's judged by real readers and is totally independent. I spoke to the creator of these awards, Edward Trayer, for the podcast, you can listen to the interview here. […]

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