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January 6, 2016

The 2015 round-up

CHAOS! APOLOGIES! SO LATE! 2015 was an astonishing year for me and that Ruby Morris. So grateful to readers – and to schools, book awards, YALC and Macmillan for opportunities to get out there. If you …

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November 10, 2015


As you know, The Rain didn’t win at the Oxfordshire Book Awards (it came 3rd!), but I went along to the ceremony anyway. Had to: I come from Abingdon – and I was so very pleased and delighted that Rub …

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October 20, 2015

School report: Sherborne Lit Fest

Do teens go to lit fests? Yes – and no. It might cost money, it might be after school . . . it might just seem like a lit fest isn’t a teen kind of thing . . . I’ve got to hand it to Sherborne Literar …

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September 28, 2015

Bath Kids Lit Fest

It happened – and it’s still happening, until Sunday 4th October. Go see the website: Bath Kids Lit Fest I went early on Saturday night to hear Patrick (ooo I like his writing so much!) Ness, and stay …

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August 7, 2015

German reviews/Deutsches Rezensionen #2!

Fantastisch #2! More German reviews of Rain! Vielen danke! “Realistische Darstellung eines düsteren Weltuntergangs-Szenarios – authentisch und fesselnd.” ( Karin Hahn Rezensionen Yvo …

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July 22, 2015

The YALC Report

You so KNOW I am going to say I was nervous. I WAS nervous! Rocked (crept) up to the Young Adult Literature Convention on Friday . . . to appear on a panel (MY FIRST EVER!): ‘Apocalypse now: new direc …

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July 5, 2015

Come to YALC!

Err . . . please?! It’s not just because I’m selfishly hoping for some home support, it’s because you will have a great time. OH-YES-YOU-WILL! The UK’s second ever Young Adult Literature Convention ta …

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July 1, 2015

Lancashire Book of the Year

Never been to an awards ceremony before – and the Lancashire Book of the Year is a whole lot more than just a ceremony. It’s TWO DAYS of events: meeting young people from schools all over Lancashire a …

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July 1, 2015

First award – ever!

Every Person The Best They Can Be That’s the motto of Steyning Grammar School. On Tuesday 23rd June, I visited the school to talk about The Rain and The Storm. The gig was supported by the fabulous St …

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April 30, 2015

Back to school

On Thursday 26th February, I went back to school. MY school: Fitzharrys School, Abingdon. Thank you so much to Mark at Mostly Books in Abingdon for this interview.   I had . . .  such an amazing …

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