Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
I just thought – this seems like a good time to share a few dates with you! It’s been a little while since I did any appearances or readings in public, and there’s going to be a flurry of activity coming up…
First of all there’s this coming weekend at the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival. I’ll be reading from my new Science Fiction novel, ‘Lost on Mars’, which the brilliant Firefly Press publish next month. There’ll be early copies available to buy and get signed. I’m talking at 2pm at City Hall.
Then, the following weekend, I’m having my first art show at Fred’s Ale House on the Stockport Road in Levenshulme. I’m showing a set of pictures I’ve been working on in recent months, all based around Levenshulme. There’ll be cards and prints available to buy. The show’s all day long, but there’ll be a launch event at 6pm. It’s a great pub for a pie and a pint…
I’ll be at the Hay on Wye Festival in May. I’m appearing with Moira Young and reading from ‘Lost on Mars’ on Wedsday 27th May.
On Saturday June 6th I’ll be at the Steamtown event at Beamish open air museum in County Durham. I’ll be selling and signing copies of my steampunk novel ‘Mrs Danby and Friends’, along with all my other stuff!
During the weekend that starts 17th July I’ll be at YALC – the Young Adult fiction conference in London. Last year’s inaugural festival looked smashing, so I’m looking forward to talking at this one.
Then in August I’ll be at the Edinburgh Book Festival for the first time in about ten years! I’m reading on Wednesday 26th at 6.45pm.
That’s everything for now, I think…! I hope to see some of you there..!
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Monday, 9 March 2015
Friday, 6 March 2015
This was a curious result of World Book Day. Somehow... as if by magic, I found myself drawing some Alice in Wonderland illustrations very late at night.
It's something I've always wanted to do - to illustrate Alice. I first tried when I was about six years old. As this year's the book's 150th anniversary, it seemed like a fun thing to get into. Here are the first four pictures I've completed.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
It's World Book Day and my newsfeed is full of people either dressed up as something or other, or going off to read their work out to people. Since no one has asked me to do either of those things.. (!) I'm off to visit my favourite bookshops, and a library or two - and to read and write and draw in a few favourite cafes. I'm on the hunt for graphic novels today, I think. Bronze Age Marvel comics are what I'd love to read today.
And I'm also lugging the new Anne Tyler with me, as well as all my drawing things. And I'm thinking of actually going for it - at last - and illustrating my own kids' book for the first time (what do you think..?).
But in the mean time - here's a photo to gladden the heart of any bookshop-hound. It's the painted stone stairs into the cellar at the High Street Bookshop, New Mills - which we discovered for the first time yesterday. It's a wonderful place, with an upstairs filled with annuals and novels and 1970s comics and a basement of old vinyl. It's a very good shop, where everything feels lovingly curated, rather than stocked...
(Of course, it's not only bookshops and libraries where you find the best stories. Look at this, found last week, in a corner at the very top of Manchester Museum. (So he *was* real...?!))