Moonlocket launch week

Moonlocket launch week

It has been just over a week since Moonlocket’s official launch party on Tuesday the 2nd of May at Waterstones Islington.  It was lovely to see so many friends, fellow authors, librarians, family, and folks from Usborne, especially my editor Rebecca and my agent Jo, and MOST especially the kids of friends who loved the first book and all came along to celebrate the launch of the sequel. Here are some pictures from the evening, that lots of kind people who were there have sent me. ( I was far too excited to remember to take pictures as well!)

Then on Thursday I went on a whistlestop signing tour of bookshops round London with Stevie from Usborne. The highlight of the day was visiting Richmonds Indie Children’s Bookshop Alligators Mouth for the first time, such a cool little shop. I wish I lived in Richmond I would be in there all the time!

On Friday I did two talks at Kingham school in Oxfordshire – where all the Year Fours had made an incredible mural of Cogheart and designed their own mechanicals and mechanimals and airships. They had great questions about the book too, which they had been studying with their lovely form teacher Elizabeth Mahooney. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take photos but I hope they send me some because their artwork was absolutely stunning!

On Monday I did a joint event with Kiran Millwood Hargraves talking to Year Nines from Swakeley School at Oak Farm Library in Hillingdon. I managed to get them to do a bit of deportment, which is always fun. Then i got to hear all about how Kiran researches and writes her books for the first time, very interesting.

Win afternoon tea & writing advice from me with Authorfy

Win afternoon tea & writing advice from me with Authorfy

Win afternoon tea & writing advice from me. Over on the authorfy site here:  

The prize also includes 5 signed copies of ‘Moonlocket’ for your school library and 5 signed copies for you and your friends!

Rules of Entry: 
– This competition is open to the public
– The deadline for entries is 31st May 2017
– We will announce the winner on 9th June 2017 and contact via the given email address
– A parent or guardian must enter on a child’s behalf
– The afternoon tea will last approximately 90 minutes – 2 hours, with the chance to discuss what it’s like to be an author with Peter Bunzl, ask questions, and get writing tips and advice.
– Please note, the afternoon tea will take place during the summer holidays, on a mutually convenient date, which will be arranged once the winner has been announced.
– The afternoon tea will take place in a venue in SW London. Travel expenses and accommodation are the responsibility of the parents and will not be covered / reimbursed by Authorfy. We ask that a parent travels to the venue with the winners.
– Two members of the Authorfy team will attend the event with the winner and 4 friends. Both team members hold valid a DBS, First Aid and Safeguarding certificates.
– This competition is only open to UK residents
– Any allergies or dietary requirements will be accommodated
– Please note: no upload is required for this competition

Authorfy is a new platform that aims to developed exciting and original videos in which children’s authors share their unique approach to creative writing and pass on their love for literacy. Their corresponding learning resources have been produced to inspire students to engage with the authors’ style of writing, and through the platform they are giving students the chance to have their work read and reviewed by the authors themselves! 

Authorfy; where creativity comes to life.

Cogheart Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award

Cogheart Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, an annual award for the author of an outstanding debut children’s novel.

The award is unique in also honouring the editor of the shortlisted books for identifying and nurturing new talent – which in Cogheart’s case is Usborne’s Fiction Director Rebecca Hill.

The Branford Boase Award is in its 17th year and previous winners include Frances Hardinge and Meg Rosoff.

The winner will be announced on 5th July. Frances Hardinge will present the winner with a cheque for £1,000 and both author and editor will receive a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.

Cogheart has been shortlisted for nine awards, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

View the full shortlist and find out more

It’s Moonlocket publication day!

I an over the moon today because it’s  publication day!

To celebrate here’s a glimpse of some upcoming tour highlights. I am looking forward to appearing at all of these fabulous festivals & chatting with these awesome author. For more information, please check out the calendar page, which has links and info to book tickets for these various events….

Cogheart Shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

Cogheart Shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart has been shortlisted for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award!

Voting ended yesterday (30.4.17). It’s an honour to be on such a strong and varied shortlist with so many fabulous books – a Carnegie Nominee, a Waterstones Prize Winner, an Edinburgh First Book Award Winner, and a Zoella Book Club pick, are amongst the awards they’ve been nominated for or won. Plus five other lovely authors. I am particularly proud of this nomination since it is voted for by my peers, and because it is an award associated with SCBWI. SCBWI – The Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators – is an organization that has helped me greatly on my journey to become a published children’s writer. Thanks to SCBWI I have made oodles of great new writer friends and through them, and the events and conference they organise, learnt tons about children’s publishing. All of which has helped me become a little less green about that world I have moved into as a published author. So here’s to SCBWI, long may it continue. And fingers crossed for Cogheart winning the Crystal Kite!