The life and times of a debut author…

L J Macwhirter – Liz to her friends – has had a rollercoaster of a time since the launch of her wonderful debut YA novel, Black Snow Falling. Her first public event was on the opening [...]

Other book festivals are available

The Edinburgh International Book Festival kicks off today – and as it’s our local, we’re particularly excited about it. FRA writers and illustrators appear at the following [...]

Writing Disabled Characters

We’re privileged to work with young writers through our involvement with The Pushkin Prizes in Scotland and St Petersburg and The Young Walter Scott Prize – creative writing [...]

One happy author…

    We’re handing over today’s blog to Chris Higgins, who is just coming to the end of a month of events to celebrate publication of her latest teen novel, A Boy Called [...]

Looking out to sea…

Chris Higgins‘ new novel – A Boy Called Ocean – is published this week by Hodder, and will be launched in Penzance before an audience of readers from schools all over Cornwall. [...]

Eilidh Muldoon’s new colouring book

Following the huge success of Eilidh’s wonderful colouring books – – Birlinn Books has published her latest – and this one introduces Charles Rennie Mackintosh. [...]

Hannah Foley and how she drew Billy Hippo

Scottish Book Trust has posted an interview with Exeter-based illustrator, Hannah Foley in which she reveals the story behind the story of How Billy Hippo Learned to Swim. Billy’s story is [...]

#VOTE100BOOKS at the Hay Festivals

This is the list of books written by women selected for a series of debates being kicked off at the Hay Festival this weekend, and continuing at the Hay Festivals round the world. #VOTE100BOOKS [...]

Megan (without an h) kicks off Girls FC!

The vagaries of children’s publishing mean that books come, and books go – it’s often hard to work out exactly why. But in the case of Helena Pielichaty‘s superb Girls FC [...]

Books recommended for less robust readers aged 3 to 13

Beanstalk, the charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in early years settings and primary schools to children who have fallen behind with [...]

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