YA Podcast: Welcome Back, AWW YA!

This week, it’s the relaunch of the new-look AWW YA, and Kate is joined by a new cohost, Darran Stobbart! This episode is all about getting to know Darran, so Kate is asking him so questions on your behalf, as well as having a good chat about various things book- and YA-related. Continue reading “YA Podcast: Welcome Back, AWW YA!”

Podcast: Shakespeare400 – The Complete Walk

On Saturday 23rd April, as part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Rob and Kate took part in The Complete Walk, a free, interactive celebration of Shakespeare’s plays created by Shakespeare’s Globe, and podcasted around the way. We talked about the walk and our thoughts about Shakespeare, including our favourite plays, most watched, and favourite productions. Continue reading “Podcast: Shakespeare400 – The Complete Walk”

World Book Night 2016: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo

Yesterday, we shared a Q&A with Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?, one of this year’s World Book Night books. As supporters of World Book Night, I’m really pleased to be able to share another fab Q&A with you this today, just before World Book Night itself, from Leigh Bardugo, whose book Shadow and Bone I absolutely loved and reviewed. This time, Leigh shares her reading habits, advice on recommendations for reluctant readers, and Shakespearean favourites. I hope those lucky people receiving Shadow and Bone this evening enjoy it as much as I did…! Continue reading “World Book Night 2016: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo”

World Book Night 2016: Q&A with Holly Bourne

We’ve been supporters of World Book Night since before Adventures With Words properly kicked off, in 2011, and we’ve been talking to you about it most years since then. You can read all about its origins on the World Book Night website, but it came about in order to promote reading for pleasure for people who don’t read regularly, by reaching out to people in unusual places with a huge team of enthusiastic volunteers ready to give away a range of brilliant titles. This year’s set of books is no exception, and I was thrilled when the team at WBN got in touch to ask if we’d like to share some Q&As from a couple of the authors involved. This evening, Holly Bourne shares some insights into her reading habits, advice on recommendations for reluctant readers, and Shakespearean favourites (remember that anniversary?), as people all around the country prepare to share their love for her fantastically funny and feminist YA novel, Am I Normal Yet? Continue reading “World Book Night 2016: Q&A with Holly Bourne”

The YA Book Prize 2016: Concentr8

Next up, Kate and Darran (@ShinraAlpha) are sharing their thoughts on Concentric by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury Kids), in the run-up to the YA Book Prize 2016. Join us as we talk about the whole shortlist, before our round-up post on the Waterstones blog. Continue reading “The YA Book Prize 2016: Concentr8”

The YA Book Prize 2016: The Art of Being Normal

In the run-up to the announcement of the YA Book Prize 2016, Darran (@ShinraAlpha) and I are reading and sharing our thoughts on all ten books on the shortlist. We’re kicking off with The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books).  Continue reading “The YA Book Prize 2016: The Art of Being Normal”

Podcast: A week of bookish events

This week, Rob and Kate talk about the busy week of bookish events they’ve been to in London, including a Meet-The Author evening with Jonathan Safran Foer, London Book Fair 2016, and a Vintage Books Evening at Waterstones Piccadilly. Continue reading “Podcast: A week of bookish events”

Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist and Blogger Brunch

On Saturday 2nd April, we were invited along to the Wellcome Book Prize Blogger Brunch, to hear from authors of shortlisted books Amy Liptrot, Suzanne O’Sullivan, Alex Pheby and Cathy Rentzenbrink, hosted by book blogger Simon Savidge of Savidgerxads. We recorded the morning to share it with you. Continue reading “Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist and Blogger Brunch”

Scholastic Bloggers Book Feast, March 2016

On Saturday 19 March, a group of enthusiastic bloggers, phone batteries duly charged, were invited along to Scholastic HQ to hear about a selection of their new titles for 2016. I’ve storified my tweets from the afternoon, plus a few tweets and pictures from Scholastic and some of the other bloggers – just ‘Read More’ to see what we chatted about. Continue reading “Scholastic Bloggers Book Feast, March 2016”