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The Book of Hopes shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the year

Earlier this year, I was asked by Katherine Rundell to contribute to an anthology she was putting together to celebrate hope in dark times.

The Book of Hopes is available online for free, but it’s now been published as a gorgeous hardback edition. With part of the profits going to raise money for NHS charities to support the amazing work of Doctors and Nurses and hospital-staff during lockdown.

In the last few weeks I’ve been given two more fab pieces of news about the Book of Hopes…

First, it’s going to be released as an audiobook, read by Stephen Fry, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Bailey Smith. My poem ‘Football Boots’ is read by Stephen Fry, who is just mellifluous to hear!

I’ve also just found out that The Book of Hopes has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020. It’s such an honour, and I’m proud to be involved in the project, with the fantastic writer and editor and organiser of it all, Katherine Rundell, and the whole team at Bloomsbury. 

BOOK OF HOPES Published

PROUD to say that my little poem is a part of this anthology of HOPE: called THE BOOK OF HOPES. Put together by amazing children’s author Katherine Rundell, it is filled with bite-sized stories poems and pictures of HUMOUR, JOY and HOPE. A digital copy of the book is FREE to read digitally ( from 27.04.20) on the literacy trust’s website. Here–

Read Katherine’s article on how the Book of Hopes came together and sample some fantastic tasters of the content in this weekends Guardian books. Here––

SHADOWSEA tea at Pickled Pepper Books

Join me for for afternoon tea at Pickled Pepper Books on the 11th January for an exclusive tea party and book chat all about the Cogheart Adventures and my newest book SHADOWSEA!

What’s included?
An exclusive hour long afternoon tea and book chat with Peter Bunzl
Author tips and an insight into Peter’s writing
A personally signed copy of the new book in the Cogheart series, Shadowsea

This would make an extra special Christmas present for any fan. All attendees will received a ticket like the one below.

Tickets are £15.

Find out more and buy tickets below…

https://www.pickledpepperbooks.co.uk/copy-of-december

SKYCIRCUS book tour and SCBWICON18

It has been a super-busy autumn of book tour events with Skycircus. I visited lots of schools in Birmingham, Bristol and London, with Usborne and also with Pea Green Boat Books. As well as performing at events like Broughton Hall literary Festival, and doing their school events programme with Caboodle Books and Authors Abroad, I performed at the Beanstalk Literary Festival in London for hundreds of lovely Beanstalk readers and reading helpers.

Looking back I see I have been terrible at taking photographs over the months, but luckily lots of lovely teachers have taken pictures, so here are a few…

SKYCIRCUS BOOKTOUR.

SCBWICON 18

Last weekend I was at the SCWBI conference – SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. It is a fantastic weekend for author and illustrators to hone their craft. I got to see a lot of my favourite writing people and Scbwi members, and I also got to be part of their fancy dress party and mass-book launch party with Skycircus. And I got to see my crit group buddy and ace author, Lorraine Gregory win the prestigious Crystal Kite Award for her fab debut novel ‘Mould and the Poison Plot’ It was such a brilliant weekend and I intend to write some more about it later, but in the meantime, here are a few pics…

In the SCBWI mass book launch
With my SCBWI crit group: Tania, Gail, Meira and CRYSTAL KITE WINNER Lorraine Gregory! No Miriam 🙁
SCWBI Party 2018
Lorraine wins the Crystal Kite
With Gail and Meira from my SCBWI crit group.

Introducing Skycircus

It is nearly a month since Skycircus first came out and I have been busily travelling all around the country to tell children about the book on a booktour. But I have just this week had a few calm days at home, so I found the time to make a short video to tell you all a little about the books. And here it is (*warning it does contain a few spoilers about the opening act of the book, so if you hate to know ANYTHING!! about something before you read it, you may not want to watch!)…

In which I explain a little of the plot of #SKYCIRCUS the newest book in the #CogheartAdventures series. Find out what happens to Robert and Lily and Malkin in this spectacular showstopper…

And if you enjoyed that brief introduction to the book, then allow me to read you the prologue…

Secret Staff Meeting Interview

Two weeks ago I went to do a workshops with A Tale Unfolds as part of a new Readingzone project that will be coming soon to help children create book trailers for their favourite books in classrooms. We had a fantastic time at Copenhagen School in Islington working with the kids to create a trailer for Cogheart 

Afterwards Dom from A Tale Unfolds asked if I would like to do an interview for their ongoing youtube series: The Secret Staff Meeting, which is aimed at introducing authors to teachers. Here are the results. We chatted about how I got my start in writing, my background in film, the books and how I write them, things I think should be taught in schools, and my new book Skycircus. You can check out the interview below…

Skycircus cover reveal

On July the third the beautiful cover for the third Cogheart book: Skycircus was revealed by Scott Evans over on his blog: thereaderteacher.com

It was designed by Kath Millichope and illustrated by  and the special circus animation was done by me…

So without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, boy and girls, welcome to the

The book is to be published on the fourth of October 2018.

 

If you love pinterest, you can take a look at some of the inspiration for the ideas and characters in the book, here…

And below you can see the youtube version of the cover animation with the Circus music that Usborne provided…

 

Cogheart wins Awesome Book Award 2018

I am delighted to announce that on the third of May (over a month ago now, but I am a woeful blogger) Cogheart won the Awesome Book Award 2018!!

ERICA’S ELEPHANT

RADIO BOY

THE GOLDFISH BOY

THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOO

The book was up against some stiff competition in the form of: Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop, Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell, The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange, Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, and so I was walking on air when Cogheart was finally announced the winner!

It was a fabulous event organised by and taking place at Cranleigh Prep, with book sales from Pea Green Boat Books. You can read more about the evening here, on the Awesome Book Awards Website.

But in the meantime here are a few of the pictures taken by the photographer from Cranleigh Prep…

Lily’s School report and a recipe for toasted teacakes

I discovered these the other day- some fabulous pieces of artwork that Usborne created for Cogheart when they were pitching for the book – my favourite is Lily’s school report – from Lady Octavia Scrimshaw’s Young Ladies Academy, where she is holed up at the start of the story. As you can see from her teacher’s notes, she is really no the best of students…

Cogheart Makes the World Book Day Favourites Shortlist

 

I am delighted to announce that Cogheart is on the shortlist for the 9-12 favourite books selection for World Book Day 2018, along with some fab recent releases and all time classics!

They’ve split the list into 4 different categories, & to kick off they’re asking schools, bookshops, libraries & other booky people to reveal THEIR favourite stories.

Here’s the link to go vote, *hem Hem* you know what to do!