News and Events

Edinburgh International Book Fair Panel Event - How to Survive Being Published, 20 Aug 2015

Organized by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, this is a chance to chat with a fabulous panel, including authors Jane Yolen, Nicola Morgan, Christina Banach, and me! We're also lucky to be welcoming agent Amber Caravéo from Skylark Literary. Following last year's inaugural SCBWI panel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the 2015 industry panel question-and-answer will look at "How to survive being published."

This informal Q&A session will take in the challenges of publicity, protecting writing time, and other unexpected bumps that a debut author may encounter – or that veteran authors may encounter as the industry and expectations of self-marketing continue to change. 

The event takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday 20 August 2015 from 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. Further details and registration information can be found here on the SCBWI website.

The YA Dash 18-20 May 2015

I'm taking part in the YA Dash, an online competition and giveaway featuring 10 fantastic YA suspense authors. Details for the event are here on the YA Dash web page - there will be lots of truths, lies and secrets flying around the internet from 18-20 May! Join me and use the hashtags #YADash and #truthorlie. It promises to be a whole lot of fun.

Worldbuilding: SCBWI SE Scotland Workshop, Edinburgh 9 May 2015

Come check out my Playmobil collection and maybe learn something about writing! I'm running a workshop on world-building, sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators in Southeast Scotland. The event will be held in Edinbugh on 9 May 2015 from 2-5 p.m. Details and registration are available on the SCBWI website here. Hope to see you there!

Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2015

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh Inter Faith Association have asked me to speak about Rose Under Fire and the real events behind the story to school groups at Edinburgh Academy. The event will take place on 27 January 2015, which marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a fitting date for this memorial. The Scottish Book Trust has also put together an excellent resource pack for use with Rose Under FireMore information about the event can be found here.



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