The SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017

By Kathryn Evans Sometimes, when you start on a journey, there are certain dreams that seem ridiculously  beyond your reach but you dream them anyway because they just  keep you going.  And sometimes, ridiculously, no matter how far beyond your reach they seem,  those dreams can come true.   The Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators…

And the winner is…

by Kathryn Evans The last few days have been unbelievable – first the Carnegie nomination and now this…you guys did this, you awesome, wonderful, lovely, amazing folk – THANK YOU. More of Me has WON the Edinburgh International Festival First Book Award and YOU made it happen. There are not enough thank yous in the…

Ace Club, lower your lashes: RIP Louise Rennison

Today I am wearing my boy entrancers at half mast. I debated shaving my eyebrows off but I have school visits to do and I don’t want to frighten the children. Something had to be done though, for yesterday, the lightiest of lights went out.

What’s it like? After Your book Launch.

It’s been three weeks since More of Me was launched and I am well aware my attention to this blog has been SCANT.  I am ashamed but I also have no idea where to start in sharing what it’s been like. It’s been crazy. So I’m taking a little writerly advice and am “showing not telling”  everything…

What’s it Like? Things you don’t know before you’re published.

Here are a few unknown unknowns – things you need to do as a published author that you never even guessed at: Blog posts, heaps of them , which is GREAT, because I am a massive chatterbox and they allow me to chatter. I’m blogging at Notes from the Slushpile ,  YAshelfies,  and on all sorts of…

Happy Christmas Paula Houldin!

Let me explain…. In April 2015  a catastrophic earthquake hit Nepal. It killed over 9000 people and injured 23000. We watched the news in horror but I was also filled with gratitude because my daughter had spent the previous summer working at a school in Kathmandu and she was home, safe, with me. I wanted to do something…

Would you be Six Again? Transgender Stefonknee Would.

Stefonknee Wolschtt  has chosen to live his life as a six year old girl. If you’re interested in why, you can read more about it here. Hands up here, I have no problem supporting anyone who feels they are in the wrong body and needs to address that, or those who prefer to dress in clothes…

What’s it Like….Planning School Visits

What a fool I am – I thought I was breaking ground, talking to school librarians about what they really want from a school visit. Of course I wasn’t! Still, researching this post has kept Bad Shouty brain mostly in check this week – and I’ve learned stuff!

A Perfect Night for a Writer – Jeannie Waudby launches One Of Us

My absolutely lovely critique pal, Jeannie Waudby, launched her debut novel – One of Us – last night. I had  day release from the farm and was so excited I travelled up early. My journey to London was enlivened by the presence of three young men travelling to Soho for a Drag Queen Competition.

What’s it like: working with an editor for the first time?

I remember the many questions I had, but didn’t like to ask, when friends got their first deals. I thought I might start a series of posts about the process of getting a debut novel from acceptance to the book shelf. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer.