I am delighted to be launching a curated programme of online events celebrating writers and illustrators of exceptional repute.
Each guest has been invited for their outstanding contribution to the world of children’s literature and for the exceptional quality of their writing and illustration. Audience involvement is encouraged. You can submit questions in advance and become an active participant in the event or simply enjoy the chat.
Join me for in-depth discussions exploring exceptional careers in literature and some memorable celebrations. All from the comfort of your armchair.
Melvin Burgess joins me to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Melvin Burgess’ Junk, a book dealing with homelessness and heroin addiction on the streets of Bristol and which caused outrage when it was first published.
Despite that, it received critical acclaim winning both the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Fiction Prize. Melvin is no stranger to controversy, pushing the boundaries by addressing taboo subjects head-on in novels such as Sara’s Face, Nicholas Dane, Doing It and Lady My Life as a Bitch. His style is unflinching and always on the side of the teenager. Indeed, he provokes adults to refect with implied questions– weren’t you a teenager once? What was it like for you? Bloodsong and Bloodtide, two novels about warring gangs that control the city of London are based on the first part of the Icelandic Volsunga Saga. A new novel, Three Bullets will be published in July 2021.
Ticket options include the event with a copy of Three Bullets and a signed bookplate or without book.
Ticket prices include Eventbrite fees and postage and packaging for the with book option.
Please note international bookings are only available without the book. Please choose your option carefully
Full-time students can apply for a subsidised student ticket without a book to firstname.lastname@example.org Verification of student status is required. Student ticket is £7.50 and includes Eventbrite fees.