There’s a party going on over at Smorgasbord’s Variety is the Spice of Life. Sally Cronin is celebrating four years of blogging and new things for September with a three day bash featuring games, people, music, laughter, food, and stories.
I met Kristen Twardowski a little while ago when the Story Reading Ape reblogged one of her amazingly insightful posts. Then he reblogged another one and I decided to follow her by email. I don’t know about you, but I like
My guest post for June is up on The Story Reading Ape. Read more of this post here….
Arthur Ransome’s anniversary falls next Saturday. It’ll be fifty years since the death of this prolific writer, who created a series of children’s books that has stood the test of time. The Swallows and Amazons stories are still as popular
Three years ago I published a review of Anna Olswanger’s middle grade novel Greenhorn. I ‘met’ Anna because we were both involved in the Love MG Actually project launched and co-ordinated by Sally Harris, which in turn led to the BookElves project. Isn’t
From Chris McMullen (reblogged from readtuesday.com) It’s like a Black Friday sale – for books! The first step toward finding amazing book deals is to browse the Read Tuesday catalog (see below). Don’t worry: You won’t make purchases at Read
Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his
…for an important message Stanley and Katrina, pet authors of the Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets, and their agent Neighbour Girl, are looking for funding for a super-dooper cover for their new book: The Observations of Obstreperous Animals.
We reach the final week of the A to Z Challenge, and today I’m delighted to welcome Vidya Sury, one of my co-minions on #TeamDamyanti. As well as her minioning, Vidya has been running the challenge on two blogs –
They say it takes two to tango, but then it takes two for most other ballroom dances! Tango is T in the NATO phonetic alphabet of course, and if you didn’t know that is my theme for the A to
I’ve been keeping the best till last in the April A to Z Blog Challenge, since today’s post is an 1800 word story from my writing buddy, Jon Curran. I’ll leave him to do his own introduction! As a child,
This is a creative writing exercise on endings, using the phrase ‘Spring will be a little late this year’. This one is from my writing buddy, Judi Walsh. I was bowled over by the version she produced in class, but
This is a creative writing exercise called ‘Mythologising Home’. However this one is from my writing buddy, Hilary Slade. Not only did Hilary write a great piece, it taught me more about the history of my nearest city in 500
Today my post is K for Kanizo, which is the name my cover illustrator Danielle English works under (it’s her website name). Dani is 22 and graduated last year from Winchester School of Art and Design, in the UK, with
Stanley and Katrina are the authors of one of the books in Love Middle Grade Actually. As they put it: We ventured into podcasting yesterday. In it we talk about Love MG at the end. Two pets with a microphone
I’m George, and I decided to interview Jemima when we were on our way back from interviewing Ludo. That’s because we were camping by the side of the river where the flying machine was moored for our overnight stop, and