Archive for February, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Adopt A Bookshop

Book Week is upon us again, and I’m gearing up for three school visits this week: Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough, Heartlands High School in my neighbouring London borough Haringey and a long-awaited return visit to The Ridgeway School in Swindon. In the mean time, my esteemed Trapped By Monsters cave colleague Ali Sparkes [...]

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Gorgeous!

Via a friend on Facebook here are two early glimpses of the brand new Indonesian edition of The Black Tattoo… This (above) is, I think, a design proof. Here’s what the finished article looks like… The only responses I find myself able to make right now are WOW! and HEE HEE HEE HEE!

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Friday, February 18th, 2011

A Shapeless Mass of Peculiar Repugnance

Wart ventriloquism, animated massacre and Joss Whedon’s Top Ten Writing Tips – it’s all happening at Trapped By Monsters.

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Sam Says…

Today I did two talks at Hornchurch Library, Havering and helped out with their Best of the Best Book Award… It was awesome. Both groups I spoke to – KS2 and KS3 students from various different schools in the area – were enthusiastic and charming. The video presentations by students on which books they thought [...]

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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Testing…

This Tues 15th Feb I’ll be testing my new short story Family out on a live audience for the very first time at Freedom of Expression, a fantastic variety night at The Green Dragon in Croydon. At half an hour in total this will be the longest public reading I’ve done so far, and by [...]

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

Home Truths from Uncle Bill

“Tell me how many books a writer has written… we can assume usually ten times that amount shelved or thrown away. And I will tell you how he spends his time: Any writer spends a good deal of his time alone, writing.” William S. Burroughs

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

PLASMA ONSLAUGHT!

Congratulations to Oli and Ben, joint winners of my Favourite Favourite Word Giveaway! Ben chose ONSLAUGHT “because it sounds cool and dangerous.” Oli chose PLASMA “because it sounds alienised!” I couldn’t decide which was the best reason out of those two, so I picked both. Oli and Ben: your prizes – first editions of Tim, [...]

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