News from Authors Abroad

Nicky Singer wins North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

14th November 2016


Island by Nicky Singer won the ‘Moving On’ category in the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award 2016.

To purchase a copy of Island, click here.



Ciaran Murtagh wowing audiences in Vietnam

12th October 2016


“Dear Ciaran, On behalf of all the students, teachers and parents of the An Phu Primary Campus, may I say a huge thank you for a wonderful 3 days in our school. In a large school of over 40 nationalities and levels of spoken English ranging from beginner to first language speakers, it can often be difficult to pitch assemblies and workshops accurately. Having been in your assemblies and workshops, I can confidently say that you appealed to all age ranges and abilities and inspired even the most reluctant writers to pick up a pen and have a go. The feedback from the teachers and students in the last few days has been excellent. The mix of humour in the assemblies with more structured workshops meant that all children were engaged and challenged throughout their sessions with you. I hope the rest of your time in Vietnam is enjoyable and I am sure you will continue to delight and challenge the children in Hanoi too. Warm regards” Deirdre Grimshaw Deputy Headteacher, An Phu Primary Campus

World Poetry Day massive success for Authors Abroad

7th October 2016

Cathy Bradley from Claremont Fan Court School wrote:

“I am writing to report that BREIS was a storming success yesterday, and there have been rave reviews from staff and students alike.  A drama teacher who happened to sit in on a session wrote:

I was very fortunate to be a part of BREIS’s recent year 8 workshop on RAPping for Poetry Day. What an absolute privilege to learn from this highly talented performer. He has produced a well-rounded fun and informative workshop. It not only teaches students/pupils about the origins or RAP and the need for imaginative expression but it also encompasses English techniques such as similes and metaphors in an engaging way. His ability to hold a group of students for the full 2 hours and change his style of teaching to encompass learning styles and differing capabilities with ease is inspiring. He also created a safe environment for all of the class ‘to give it a go’ and encouraged all of them to write and perform. I didn’t want the time to end. He is also incredibly COOL……

Thank you BREIS

We hope to book him again next year.

Many thanks,


Dragons Are Back – Nick Toczek

23rd June 2016

Displaying DAB-Frontcover.jpgCongratulations to Nick Toczek on his new book Dragons Are Back!


Dragons Are Back

Remade – Alex Scarrow

Congratualtions to Alex Scarrow on his new book REMADE – seems guaranteed to follow in TIME RIDERS success as another best selling book in the 11 to 14 age group. Can’t wait to read it!!

Alex Scarrow

Click here to read the full article.

Sam Osman Shortlisted for Leeds Book Award

19th May 2016

If You Were Me

Sam Osman’s novel, If You Were Me, has been shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2016.

About the Book

Two young people from very different backgrounds star in this crime mystery. Aliya’s family have fled to England from Afghanistan, chased out by the Taliban. Dan lives in London with his parents, reluctantly helping his dad with his plumbing business when he can’t get out of it. The two are brought together when Dan witnesses Aliya’s brother Behrouz being beaten and kidnapped. For reasons of his own, Dan can’t go to the police but when Behrouz is accused of plotting a terrorist attack he decides to help Aliya reveal the truth. Together they untangle a complex web of corruption and deceit, risking their own lives in the process. Sam Hepburn’s plotting is excellent, the tension never lets up and this is a seriously good thriller with a shocking final twist.


Sam Gayton nominated for Carnegie Medal 2016

13th April 2016

Sam Gayton’s most recent novel – Hercufleas – has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016. His other novels include The Snow Merchant and Lilliput.

Hercufleas has also been shortlisted for the 2016 UKLA Book Award.

To buy Hercufleas, click here.

Tanya Landman’s historical novel Buffalo Soldier Carnegie Medal Winner 2015

26th November 2015

Congratulations to Tanya on the fantastic news that her historical novel Buffalo Soldier is a Carnegie Medal Winner 2015!