Fighting Fantasy

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Fighting Fantasy

By Ian Livingstone Fighting Fantasy gamebooks first appeared in the 1980s with the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first branching narrative book with a simple role-playing game system attached – hence the term ‘gamebook’. Usually set in worlds of monsters and magic, Fighting Fantasy gamebooks place the reader at the heart of […]

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The Song for Everyone

Guest Post by author Lucy Morris My name is Lucy Morris and I am the writer and illustrator of The Song for Everyone.  Originally I trained as a fine art painter but have always had a love of writing and drawing stories.  After the arrival of my children I had the opportunity to revisit all […]

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Proud of Me

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Guest Post by Sarah Haggers Holt, author of Nothing Ever Happens Here (2020), and Proud of Me (2021) The first time I went to an LGBTQ youth group was a couple of years ago – I was 39 years old. Yes, I know, not exactly the target age range.  I went because I was invited […]

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To celebrate the publication of their book, Weird, Wild & Wonderful (Otter-Barry Books) illustrator NEAL LAYTON and poet JAMES CARTER interview each other…

Hi Neal! It’s been great fun working with you on our book. But as an author and illustrator in your own right, how do you feel about working with other writers and illustrating their words?  Hello, James! I love working with writers because reading their words takes my imagination to new places. Like your weird world and […]

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My Passion for Point Horror

Guest Post by Cynthia Murphy If I could travel back in time and speak to ten-year-old me, I’d tell her about how twenty-six years in the future, our love of Point Horror would kickstart a young adult writing career.  She would ask me what took so long.  I have a wonderfully clear memory of being […]

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Stick Boy – Blog Tour

Guest Post by Paul Coomey I’m best at writing in the morning, before my head gets filled with distractions like music and conversations and the internet and reading. I have another job (as an Art Director at Wonderbly, working on picture books) so when I was writing Stick Boy I got up while it was […]

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Train to Impossible Places

Guest Post by P.G.Bell Parents tend to get a raw deal in children’s literature. At best, they’re hapless stick-in-the-muds who lack the ambition and imagination of our young heroes, and are quickly outgrown. More typically, they’re dead and buried long before the story even starts. There’s a very good reason for this, of course – […]

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Poems The Wind Blew In

Blog post by Lawrence Schimel “A translator is a reader who shares his enthusiasm for a book with readers in another language and culture” It was a great surprise for both myself, as translator, and the poet Karmelo C. Iribarren, when we first learned that POEMS THE WIND BLEW IN had been shortlisted for the […]

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Writing Cherry Moon

By Zaro Weil, Winner of the 2020 Clippa Poetry Prize Arriving at the windy Bologna Book Fair in March 2018, I stood smiling under the fluttering coloured banners. What a miracle to be part of this world. My second poetry book had just been published. Firecrackers. I was there to help my publisher, Troika, promote […]

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TELLING TALES by C K SMOUHA

The story of Tell Tail came about after spending a bit of time with my neighbour’s exuberant Staffordshire bull terrier, Stanley. I’ve always loved dogs and Stanley is a dog after my own heart – he really is the maddest, most carefree beast I’ve ever encountered. I was thinking how some dogs are bred for […]

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