I had a lovely time yesterday at the FAB Book Awards! My friend and author of Paper Butterflies was there, and I got to meet Crongton Knights author Alex Wheatle and River of Ink: Genesis author Helen Dennis for the first time.
Alex Wheatle and me
We listened to presentations from all the schools championing each of the shortlisted books. St Cecilia’s made a beautiful case for The Girl of Ink & Stars, ably abetted by a cardboard cut out of Yote! Then each of us authors gave presentations on our books, before the countdown. The Girl of Ink & Stars came 3rd, after Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything and worthy winner Lisa Heathfield!
l-r: me, Lisa, and Helen
Something startlingly amazing happened a week ago! I discovered that The Girl of Ink & Stars has been shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, alongside a frankly stellar line up.
My excitement was only topped when I had a (brief but blissful) Twitter exchange with none other than Tom Fletcher, author of the lovely The Christmasaurus, and member of McFly. I claimed on Facebook that my 13-year-old self would’ve been overjoyed – my 26-year-old self wasn’t too cool about it either.
Full lists here.
A couple of weeks ago, I was incredibly lucky to see The Island at the End of Everything get born at CPI Printers in Kent. It was just as exciting and moving as seeing The Girl of Ink & Stars! For all the pics today, head to my insta and check out #KiranatCPI. For now, here’s our first family portrait!