I was absolutely delighted that The White Phoenix was shortlisted for the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award 2021 in the 10-13 years category. The award recognises the best in historical fiction writing for children. It was a privilege to be shortlisted alongside authors such as Tom Palmer and Paul Dowswell whom I greatly admire.
The distinctive feature of this award is that the first round is judged by children themselves. You can read some of their reviews by clicking here.
In announcing the results, the judges made a special mention of The White Phoenix which they were “keen to recommend as a strong book that would enhance learning in school”.
This month, I am delighted to be featured as the guest author on Sophy Layzell’s blog at www.sophylayzell.com. Sophy and I share a publisher and a publication date and made contact last year as debut authors in a difficult year. By a strange coincidence, not only were we both published during a pandemic, but both our books deal with topical subject matter. Sophy’s gripping debut novel Measure of Days is a dystopian YA novel in the tradition of The Hunger Games set in a fictional future pandemic, while my characters in The White Phoenix are still dealing with the plague outbreak of 1665. One of the great bonuses of writing is meeting other authors, so I’m thrilled to have got to know Sophy through our books. Do head to her website to find out more. www.sophylayzell.com
I am delighted to announce that I will be reading extracts from The White Phoenix at this year’s Virtual Writers’ Weekend, as part of their Success Stories event on Friday 25 June. The Success Stories evening showcases authors who have found publishing success as a result of attending the Writers’ Festival/Writers’ Weekend over the past few years. Having attended the Writers’ Festival four times and learned loads from it, I am very excited to be actually taking part. It’s also a thrill to be sharing a virtual platform with friends I met through the event. The Virtual Writers’ Weekend runs from 24 – 27 June, 2021. You can find out all about it and book here www.writersweekend.uk
I had great fun recording World Book Day virtual author visits for three schools in early March. I also did a live author visit by Zoom with Year 6 pupils at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton. It was wonderful to be able to interact with the children – they asked some very thought-provoking questions. I’m really looking forward to doing live author visits next term.
This month read a review of The White Phoenix on www.historiannextdoor.co.uk together with educational resources that I have specially written for teachers and parents
Delighted to see The White Phoenix listed in the 100 Favourite Books of 2020 for Older Readers by The Reader Teacher
Thrilled that the White Phoenix features on The Reader Teacher’s website on the #bookmatch list for fans of Emma Carroll.
The White Phoenix on the Bookflix board at St Mary and St Peter’s School, Teddington.
Signing copies in The Dartmouth Bookseller, Dartmouth, Devon
Signing copies of The White Phoenix in Waterstones, Teddington on publication day!