It was a real pleasure to be interviewed by Emma Suffield for her Library Treasures blog. Emma is a school librarian and is currently writing a YA novel. I first met Emma at the NYA Litfest where we chatted about all things books so I was thrilled when she asked if I would be interested in doing one of her Q&A sessions.
In the article I talk about the inspiration behind Gracie Fairshaw, the changes my book went through and my writing process. I also talk about my favourite books and authors and share some writing tips too. I hope you find it interesting.
To read the Q & A click here
It was my turn again to feature on the Time Tunnellers blog and You Tube channel and I thought I would focus on the history of the industrial canals. I visited Worsley Delph earlier in the year while researching my current work in progress which is about the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. My main character, Edward Entwistle, in some accounts is reported to have worked at the Duke of Bridgewater's Manchester works and a Tyldesley historian told me this was likely at Worsley Delph. The railways were designed to move coal quickly and cheaply, just as the canals had in the previous century. You can read my blog by clicking HERE and watch the YouTube video by clicking HERE.
It was wonderful to visit Platt Bridge library for the second of my illuminations workshops for Wigan libraries.
Councillor Chris Ready, who is responsible for the library offer in Wigan, came along to see my talk and to congratulate children who had completed their summer reading challenge.
The children created fantastic Illuminations designs using black card and pastels after looking at original postcards for inspiration.
Earlier in the month I visited Shevington Library were budding young artists also created gorgeous Illuminations designs. You can see images from both workshops below.
It was a real pleasure to be invited back to The Brow Primary in Runcorn to help them celebrate World Book Day. I gave an assembly talk to the whole school about my second Gracie Fairshaw book Trouble at the Tower and the real life people and places that inspired the book. I also delivered my Using Historical Newspapers to Write stories workshop to class five and class six. The stories the children came up with inspired by news articles, press photographs and advertisements were so imaginative and I loved hearing them read aloud.
I am excited to be appearing at this year's NYA Lit Fest - Uclan Publishing's northern literary festival in Preston. This year the event will take place over the weekend of 21st & 22nd May.
The Saturday is dedicated to Young Adult books and the Sunday - when I will be taking part - is the KIDS literary festival.
You can book tickets for the event HERE
You can register for NYA Lit Fest HERE.