Bolton Children’s Fiction Award Shortlist

What a day! Just found out THE GIRL OF INK & STARS has also been shortlisted for the BCFA2017. From their website:


After much anticipation, the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2017 Shortlist has finally been announced! The six books were revealed to students from Bolton School Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions, in a launch ceremony. This annual award – which puts the voting entirely in the hands of the children under the age of fifteen – has been run by Bolton School for the past four years. Previous winners Gillian Cross, Tom Hoyle and Narinder Dhami as well as other shortlisted authors have gone on to be nominated for other national awards.

Find out more here.

Carnegie Award nomination

I am astounded. THE GIRL OF INK & STARS has been nominated for the Carnegie Award. From the website:

Often described by authors and illustrators as the “one they want to win”, the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards are the gold standard in literature and illustration for children and young people. Previous winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal include Sally Gardener, Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis whilst previous winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal include Chris Riddell, Levi Pinfold, Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and Quentin Blake.

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Waterstones and World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day, and so today – like every day – I’m sending love and strength to anyone who might be struggling. I wrote this for Waterstones, about how where I write has changed as I got better.

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-07-54One of the cruellest things about my depression was that I couldn’t read (not ideal in the midst of a degree!), so it robbed me of one of my greatest escapes. Celebrating feeling well by re-reading AUBREY AND THE TERRIBLE YOOT by Horatio Clare, a gorgeous depiction of depression that I fully recommend to kids and adults alike. Take care, y’all.