Doing a joint event at Hay festival on the 2nd of June with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars was definitely one of the highlights of my year. The night I arrive, I went out for cocktails with Kiran and her husband and we talk about books. The next day we discover our event has sold out, and we have been moved to a bigger venue; the starlight tent with a star-studded ceiling! It seems appropriate for Kiran’s book and a little for mine.
Afterwards I get to hang out at the festival. I saw some inspirational talks, bumped into loads of lovely MG and YA writers I know, Jo Cotterill, Abi Longstaff, Sarah Crossan, Lisa Heathfield and Juno Dawson, and witnessed Patrice Lawrence winning the YA bookprize for the awesome Orangeboy. Then, the next day I wandered round the intriguing bookshops in town – there are at least 30, goodness knows how they all keep going – and I bought far too many books! It was a fabulous couple of days.
Here we are at the HAY30 sign before our event:
Hanging out in the green room with Jo Cotterill and Patrice with her award:
The main event, Girl of Ink and Stars and Cogheart:
Book Shops galore:
Last Saturday Cogheart featured in The Guardian’s September Children’s book roundup of the best new picture books and novels, along with some other stonkingly good sounding books.
You can read the entire article here…
But here’s what they had to say about the book:
“For readers of eight and above Peter Bunzl’s adventurous debut Cogheart(Usborne) is a steampunky tale of ambition, pursuit and revenge, featuring dirigibles, mechanimals and automated servants in a Victorian setting. When Lily’s father’s airship crashes, she leaves her stuffy boarding school and teams up with Robert, the son of a watchmaker, to search for him. But Malkin the mechanical fox has a message for her; she must be careful who she trusts …”
Another great review for Cogheart this week over on Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books blog!
Here are some lovely things he said about the book:
…an enchanting read from the very first page.
…an absolute cracker from a new voice in town.
You can read the whole review here.
Click play below and check out the AMAZING #Cogheart animation I made,
using Kath Millichope’s beautiful cover and Becca Stadtlander’s quirky and gorgeous illustrations.
It was such FUN to animate…
All the books I read in 2014
Not forgetting, of course, This book, which I read multiple times, to proofread…