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Cogheart October 2016 Roundup

I was totally going to write this post a week ago but, what with Halloween and Guy Fawkes night, I didn’t get around to it. Anyway, now all that’s over, here it is…

A Cogheart update for October, where I had a whole week crammed full of talks and events, but before that, at the beginning of the month, I even managed to make it to a couple of other people’s events…

The Lost and Found Tour with SCBWI debut writers Sue Wallman, Olivia Levez, Eugene Lambert, Patrice Lawrence, Kathryn Evans – talking about their books and experiences as debuts had me nodding along with agreement. It was so good to hear others talk about the somewhat overwhelming experience of being a debut author, and how they’ve dealt with it. After that I went to my friend Richy K Chandler’s event for the final issue of his Lucy the Octopus comic book, where he and his band performed tracks about Lucy and her band Lammington Fuzz, in a comic book launch that was also a Lucy the Octopus musical!

Then, in the middle of the month, I was at Betram’s Book Fair in Manchester -which is a book fair for independent book shops – talking about Cogheart. I had to get up and give a speech in front of a room full of independent booksellers. There was probably more than 100 people and I had to speak without my powerpoint as a prompt which was something I’ve never done before. It was a little scary, but fun, in the end I just read out most of the speech because I was nervous, but afterwards lots of people came over to the Usborne stand to talk about the book, and get me to sign their personal copies of the book, so it must’ve gone OK.

The next day, with Liz Scott, I went around some Waterstones shops in Manchester and Liverpool to sign lots of Cogheart books and meet booksellers, before heading off home in the afternoon.

After that I had two days of fab Cogheart school events that same week, the first on Wednesday 19th of October with students from Bridlewood Primary at Isambard School Library as part of the Swindon Youth Festival organised by librarian Stella Rogers. Then on Thursday the 20th with the students from Edwards Hall at Southend Festival at Southend Library, organised by librarian Anne Bonham. Both sets of students had some great questions, and created some fabulous robot animations! There was even an article about my visit in the Swindon Advertiser

Finally on Saturday the 22nd I was at #YAShot an amazing YA Festival in Uxbridge organised with aplomb by author Alexia Casale. My event was a conversation with Kiran Millwood Hargrave called The Rescuers – children rescuing adults, and we had a great chat about Kiran’s book The Girl of Ink and Stars and Cogheart, as well as telling a few wacky anecdotes about writing and our childhoods. YAShot is such a fabulous day to go to – I went last year as a punter – because you get to see so many different authors – ya and mg – talking about their own and other people’s work and it’s totally inspiring. As a visitor and an author I have seen it from both sides now and the organisers and volunteers and authors are all so friendly, it really is a brilliant day out. Some of the highlights of the day for me were Mel Salisbury and Julia Gray talking about Gods, Monsters and villains in Ya Fiction, and an amazing panel on historical fiction with Catherine Johnson, Tanya Landman, Katherine Woodfine and Lydia Syson, called a history of violence, but that touched just as much on diverse representations in YA historical fiction…

So that just about sums it up for October, but this month on Saturday the 12th of November (2016) I’m going to be at my first steampunk event:  in Leicester Space Museum. I will be talking all about Cogheart, zoetrope and animations – so if you fancy it come and say hi… 

Crow Feathers to screen at ECU Film Festival Paris

ECU Official Selection Laurel 2013

Crow Feathers had been pre-accepted into the 8th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival in Paris, 29-30-31 March 2013. The festival’s mantra is to discover, project and promote the best independent filmmaking talent from around the world with approximately 100 independent filmmakers competing for 25 awards in 15 categories.

Crow Feathers screenings in the US, Spring 2013.

CowFeathers still - Boy in field, back

Cow Feathers still – Boy in field, back

Crow Feather is screening in a trio of US festival in March 2013:

Annapolis Short Film Festival, March 21-24, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Richmond Int film festival, Richmond, VA February 28-March 3rd.

And Washington DC independent film fest, March 2013.

Mind Games screens at Arts Bournemouth


Just found out that my short animation Mind Games is screening in a Frankenstein themed film event at Bournemouth Arts, this Saturday (20.10.12.)

The Cabinet of Living Cinema presents:Frankenstein and the Cyborg: A living comic-book experience. 

In the empty and derelict manor, Mary reads from her novel, Frankenstein, to a hushed audience. A band of steam-punk musicians strike up to accompany her spine-chilling tale. Behind the young writer and her band, images start to flicker to life: an artist’s anatomical drawings of the tale; then, catapulting the audience centuries into the future, marvelous scenes depicting the age of the cyborg, the artificially intelligent, rebellious descendent of Victor Frankenstein’s monster.’


Crow Feathers screens in Cornwall Film Festival

Cornwall Film festival poster

Cornwall Film festival poster

Crow Feathers screens in THE EDGE selection. Sunday 11th November. 09:55 am!! Screen 2 at The Lighthouse Cinema Newquay.

Crow Feathers to screen with selection of international experimental and non-narrative short films in competition for a £100 cash prize sponsored by Falmouth Art Gallery. Dedicated to the memory of Falmouth Art Gallery curator Brian Stewart. Screening line up:

Crow Feathers wins Creativity Award at Forster Film Festival

Foster Film Festival Creativity Award

Foster Film Festival Creativity Award

Crow Feathers won the Creativity award at Forster Film Festival, Australia. It screened on the 28-30 Sept at the festival, and afterwards in the festival tours of the local region. Here’s what the festival said about the award in their email to me: ‘Our Creativity Award honours an artist whose work contains creativity, imagination and originality and makes a significant and unique contribution to independent film. We look forward to seeing more of your work! Please waive entry fee for all future submissions.’