News and Events

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Saturday 18 August 2018, 12.15 - 13.15: Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write. This panel, held at the Spark Theatre on George Street at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, will be in conjunction with Lari Don and Candy Gourlay and is chaired by the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. We'll talk about everything from taking inspiration from myths and legends, introducing history through compelling characters, to opening minds to fantastical lands and speculative fiction. Tickets are £5.00 and are on sale from 8:30am on Tuesday 26 June 2018. More information here!

"Becoming a Scottish Author" at the Innerpeffray Library

On Wednesday 9 May 2018 I'll be speaking at the Innerpeffray Library as part of their 2018 lecture series. The Library was featured in fictional form in my 2017 novel The Pearl Thief, which turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Lara Haggerty, the Keeper of Books, and the Friends of the Innerpeffray Library. Come along if you're in the Crieff area - light snacks are served at 7.00 p.m. and the talk is at 7.30 p.m.

If you're planning to come, please register on the Innerpeffray Friends website so they get some idea of numbers.



CommuniTEEN Event in Kalamazoo!

Code Name Verity has been chosen as the Portage CommuniTEEN Read, in collaboration between Portage, Michigan's two high schools, the Portage District Library, and Bookbug Bookstore - which means I'm going to Portage, Michigan, to talk about the book with all the readers there! In addition to school events, there's an evening event open to the public at the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum at Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Airport, where many years ago my husband and I flew in to Kalamazoo in a small plane from Harrisburg, PA. Kalamazoo ringers - I hope I get to see some of you during my stay!

Cobalt Squadron, a Star Wars Novel

I'm excited to announce the publication of my most recent novel, Cobalt Squadron, which is set in the Star Wars universe and features new characters from The Last Jedi! The book came out on the same day as the film. It was a pleasure to write, as it's all about bomber pilots - I drew on some of the research I've been doing on the Soviet women pilots of World War II to help with the background.

The book is available in the US in hardback, as an e-book and as an audio book, read by Kelly Marie Tran herself - she is the woman who plays Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, and the main character of Cobalt Squadron. In the UK, Cobalt Squadron is available in paperback.

It was a real thrill to be involved with the Star Wars universe and to work with Lucasfilm, and I'm pleased that I've finally written some real science fiction.



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