News from Authors Abroad

Chris Bradford releases his first ever phonics book

18th January 2018

Popular author of ‘Young Samurai’ and ‘The Bodyguard’ Chris Bradford has expanded his range of books and used his writing talents to engage an even wider audience.


Chris Bradford has teamed up with Korky Paul for his first phonics book.

A jungle adventure for younger readers!

“Join Jake and Jen on an exciting adventure through a dense tropical jungle filled with fierce animals and many obstacles – or at least that’s where they think they are…”

This exciting story is written by award-winning author Chris Bradford and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Korky Paul.

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1–6. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.



If you would like for either Chris or Korky to visit your school please visit their author pages for more information, and get in contact with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at


Justin Coe’s new show ‘Young Herbert’s Horrors’ opens 19th January

11th January 2018

Congratulations to our poet Justin Coe and good luck to him for the weekend 19th January when his show ‘Young Herbert’s Horrors’ runs at the Half Moon Young People’s Theatre.


The show is for 4-9 year olds.

“Young Herbert is a little horror. Living on a boat should be the ideal life for a wannabe pirate, but the boat’s grounded until Herbert can learn to tidy his cabin, eat his greens and be more polite. A big storm brews up when Herbert is sent home from school and Mum calls on Great Uncle Albatross – navy captain and scourge of all pirates – to warn him of the dangers of rebellion.

But who is Great Uncle Albatross and do his cautionary tales really have the power to make Young Herbert behave? Or will they just give Young Herbert the horrors?

Featuring swashbuckling verse, jaunty music, gallows humour and the obligatory parrot, Young Herbert’s Horrors is Justin Coe’s brand new spoken word show for children, following the highly popular Big Wow, Small Wonder.”

If you would like to book tickets please visit:


Justin Coe


If you would like to arrange for Justin to be in your school please get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

Congratulations to Jennifer Killick on a new book release

9th January 2018

Congratulations to our author Jennifer Killick for the upcoming release of the latest instalment in the Alex Sparrow series.

Jennifer’s book, ‘Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury’, the sequel to ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’, is due to be published on 1st May by Firefly Press. It picks up where the former book left off, with Alex bored and hoping for an exciting new mission.

Both we at Authors Abroad and Jennifer are delighted that ‘Furry Fury’ has been selected for The Reading Agency’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’, taking place throughout the summer of 2018 in libraries across the country. The theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, which suits Alex and Jess perfectly…

“Catching the school’s runaway guinea pigs is not really giving Alex job satisfaction, but how can he find a bigger test for his and Jess’s awkward superpowers? Jess is more worried about the bullied new boy, whose Mum runs the local animal sanctuary. To befriend him she gets a voluntary job there, but she soon realises that something is very wrong; the animals are terrified. People start reporting strange events: things missing, property destroyed, and the local squirrels have turned mean. The police have no suspects. It looks more and more like a job for Agent Alex… ”


Want to have Jennifer visit your school to deliver her amazing workshops and talk about her books – get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

Details of Jennifer’s workshops can be found on her author page of our website:

A recent student voiced how having a visit from Jennifer at his school was ‘even more fun than being at home with his dog’ – can there be any higher praise?

Ciaran’s books head over to China

4th January 2018

Our ever popular Ciaran Murtagh has had one of his series translated, ready to be launched in China.


The Fincredible Series will now be able to entertain a whole new audience of children who can laugh at the adventures and disasters of Fin Spencer.

Find out more about Ciaran and his visits to schools on the following link:

Ciaran Murtagh

If you would like the author himself to visit your school and deliver presentations and workshops get in touch with Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

There will also be a chance to purchase autographed books (in your language of choice!) on the day.

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

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

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

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:


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

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