News from Authors Abroad

Ciaran Murtagh nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award

6th December 2017

Congratulations to our very own Ciaran Murtagh on his nomination for a Writer’s Guild Award under the category of Best Children’s TV episode for his Counterfeit Cat “Sardonians of the Galaxy”.

Writers Guild Shortlist

Good luck Ciaran!

Ciaran Murtagh

If you would like to organise for Ciaran to visit your school to deliver his fun packed presentations and writing workshops please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Big month for Martin Chatterton

23rd November 2017

Huge congratulations to our illustrator Martin Chatterton for a successful month. As well as one of his illustrated books being nominated for a LOLLIE, the next book in the series has been released this week.

 

 

Martin has also been awarded his PhD – Congratulations Dr Chatterton!

Karin Littlewood goes down a storm in Qatar

22nd November 2017

Well done Karin on another fantastically received visit!

 

“Karin has been the best author/illustrator we have had from Authors Abroad.  She is extremely nice, approachable and enthusiastic and the feedback from the students and staff alike was all extremely positive.  She worked with students from nursery to Year 12 and brought something to everything, engaging with the students at the different levels.  She really inspired the students, some of who came to tell me personally how they had inspired her.  She also inspired the staff who have taken away her ideas to use in the classroom and for homework.  It was a busy, but fantastic week for all.”

Teacher at Dukhan School in Qatar.

 

If you would like more information on Karin please visit her author page:

Karin Littlewood

 

If you would like to organise for Karin to visit your school please contact Trevor Wilson on +44 1535 656015, or email him on trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Nikki Sheehan nominated for Carnegie Medal again

21st November 2017

Congratulations to Nikki for her Carnegie Medal nomination (for the second year running) this time for her latest novel ‘Goodnight Boy’.

 

“The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family, the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realises they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.”

 

Good Luck Nikki from all of us here at Authors Abroad.

 

Nikki Sheehan

If you would like to arrange for Nikki to visit your school please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Ciaran Murtagh goes down a storm at the Scottish friendly children’s book tour

20th November 2017

As usual our Ciaran went down very well at his latest event.

Thank you to the Scottish Book Trust for hosting him and their wonderful write up and photos can be found on the following link:

http://scottishbooktrust.com/learning/learning-resources/resource/scottish-friendly-childrens-book-tour-with-ciaran-murtagh

 

To make an enquiry about booking Ciaran Murtagh, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please call +44 (0) 1535 656015 or email Trevor Wilson at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Another success for Piers Torday

Congratulations to Piers, whose world premiere stage adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights, starring Matthew Kelly, opens next month at Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

 

 

Well done Piers and best wishes for the show from everyone at the Authors Abroad Team.

To make an enquiry about booking Piers Torday, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Carnegie nomination for Piers Torday

Another Authors Abroad author has been nominated for this years Carnegie. Congratulations to Piers Torday for the nomination for his latest book ‘There May be a Castle’.

 

There May be a Castle

On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.

They never arrive.

As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.

And they tell him: this is your story now.

So begins Mouse’s extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.

All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.

But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make …

 

Piers Torday

 

To make an enquiry about booking Piers Torday, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Authors Abroad’s William Gallagher made Writers’ Guild Deputy Chair

Doctor Who author and long time Authors’ Abroad member William Gallagher is the new Deputy Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. He’ll be using his new position to help writers and authors of all ages in their careers.
“It’s an honour to be asked to do this,” said Gallagher. “And I know it came because of my extensive work with Authors Abroad. I’ve had the very best of times diving into schools, causing a ruckus and leaving behind enthused new writers and now I’ll also get to work with them as grow up into professional authors.”
Well done William!
If you would like to arrange for William to visit your school please get in contact with Trevor Wilson: +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Chrissie Gittins appears on BBC Countryfile to talk about her latest poetry collection

17th November 2017

If you didn’t catch Chrissie’s most recent appearance on BBC Countryfile you can watch it below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09c6xsj/countryfile-cornish-heartlands available on i-play until 28th November 2017.

 

 

Chrissie was discussing her book

‘Adder, Bluebell and Lobster’

If you add an adder to an adder they are prone to have a dance, they writhe around each other till the strongest gets a chance to PUSH the other down. Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch’s thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt. From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names – which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION. This is nature close up, exciting – and WILD.

 

If you would like to find out more about Chrissie please visit her page on our website.

Chrissie Gittins

 

If you would like to arrange for Chrissie to visit your school please contact Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

 

Martin Chatterton’s illustrations feature in LOLLIE nominated book

Congratulations to Jon Blake for his LOLLIE shortlist for his book ‘Thimble Monkey Superstar’ illustrated by our very own Martin Chatterton.

The LOLLIES are the ‘Laugh out Loud’ Awards run by Scholastic and judged by the public. Thimble Monkey Superstar has made the shortlist for the 2017 awards in the category for 6-8 year olds.

Fingers crossed for Jon and Martin!

 

If you would like to arrange for Martin to visit your school, or would like more information on him and his work please see his page on our website –

Martin Ed Chatterton

or contact Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk