YALC – we went, we saw, we podcasted! #yalc

A couple of days have passed now since Rob and I returned, very tired but generally very happy, after a hot, busy but great weekend at Earls Court, at the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention, based in the London Film and Comic Con. Our podcast, recorded from the floor of Earls Court during the Con itself will be heading your way very soon, but in the meantime, here are some of my thoughts and lots of photos to give you a flavour of the weekend. Continue reading “YALC – we went, we saw, we podcasted! #yalc”

Countdown to YALC – we’re going, are you? @yalc_uk

It’s not long until the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention and we’ll both be in attendance. Will you? Sadly, tickets to the London Film and Comic Con are now all sold out, and you need those to attend YALC, so if you’ve not already bought yours, you’re out of luck. If you have, read on and let us give you a preview of what to look forward to. If not, read and you can see what will feature on our podcast that we’ll record from the convention floor, to give you a flavour of the event even if you couldn’t be there in person.

Continue reading “Countdown to YALC – we’re going, are you? @yalc_uk”

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue – The Launch

It’s always great to have to chance to go to the launch of a new book, so on Sunday evening, Team Adventures With Words made our way into London, to the “House of Mirrors” and the launch of Frog Music, the latest novel from Emma Donoghue.

Donoghue is probably best known for her hugely popular contemporary novel Room, and has recently written the story collection Astray, based on snippets of newspaper stories, but in Frog Music, she takes a step back in time and across the Atlantic. Continue reading “Frog Music by Emma Donoghue – The Launch”

Podcast: Essie Fox and Wendy Wallace at the Essex Book Festival

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Essie Fox and Wendy Wallace discuss their latest books and ‘The English and the Exotic’ at the Essex Book Festival. Continue reading “Podcast: Essie Fox and Wendy Wallace at the Essex Book Festival”

Books Are My Bag: The Big Bookshop Party


If you’ve been to your local bookshop in the UK today, hopefully you already know about Books Are My Bag.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors and is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers. Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG aims to halt this process by celebrating the nation’s love of bookshops, calling on book lovers to show their support by visiting and purchasing a book from their favourite bookshop on Saturday 14th September. Continue reading “Books Are My Bag: The Big Bookshop Party”

We’re off to Latitude!

latitudeRob and Kate are off to Latitude to take in the sights and sounds of this wonderful festival. Running from Thursday to Monday, there will be music, theatre, film, poetry and literature all in one place with hopefully plenty of sunshine!

It does mean that this week’s podcast won’t be available till later in the week so you’ll have to hold on that bit longer!

We’ll have a full podcast and blog posts after the event but if you want to stay in touch while we are then then we suggest you follow @wordadventures, @robchilver and @magic_kitten on Twitter for all the updates.

And if you are attending then do let us know!

Podcast: World Book Night Live!

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World-book-nightJoin us in celebrating World Book Night, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death, and our first birthday! In a special extended live show, there is poetry, Shakespeare, readings from the selected World Book Night books and more! Continue reading “Podcast: World Book Night Live!”

Have you visited The Night Circus?

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

“Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn”

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves – The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter. Continue reading “Have you visited The Night Circus?”

An appetite for book clubs

This post originally appeared on magickittenblogs, on Friday 29th March 2013

On Wednesday night, I was very pleased to get along to the Appetite Book Club in Colchester, run by the amazing Jo Coldwell. Seriously, this woman never stops – she does an amazing job organising the busiest book club I’ve ever seen as well as doing wonderful things at Tea and Sympathy, an Aladdin’s cave of lovely things, workshops and master classes in Colchester.

The book club meets monthly at The Old Court in Colchester, opening specially for the evening – there must have twelve full tables all looking forward to catching up with friends and discussing the latest read, The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. Continue reading “An appetite for book clubs”