This month Alice Hart-Davis released her Beauty Book for young ladies. We asked her to give us the low down on her inspiration, ‘best bits’ and is American Culture invading the School Leavers Disco! See What she has to say…..
You might know the name. Many people do; she was an author widely read and enjoyed. Sixteen of her novels made it to print, generating forty million sales worldwide and spreading her original and charming Irish wit across the globe. Her books, plays and adaptations have featured alongside many prominent writers, featuring in the New York Times Bestseller List and Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. There is no doubt that there is a spark of something rare in her engaging and fascinating stories.
When I was about ten I snuck into my mum’s room when she was in the garden hanging out the washing. I stood in front of her wardrobe with my hand on the knob, my heart racing, blood rushing in my ears. You’d think I was about to dive through a cupboard full of fur coats and single handily go into battle with the White Witch. Of course this was not the case. I was simply letting my angel and devil fight it out and decide whether I risked peeking at my birthday presents, which I knew my mum had stuffed away in plastic bags behind family photo albums and her sewing box. In the end the devil won, the angel was flicked off my shoulder along with Jiminy Cricket (it’s a good job one has wings and the other has a Mary Poppin’s style umbrella).
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Today at MigMag we are very excited and honoured to be hosting the international blog tour for The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo. This is a beautiful and riveting fantasy story that our reviewer JC could not put down. Here, JC asks Leigh Bardugo about her writing and the fantasy world that she has created. … Continue reading
Self-publishing is a route that many writers consider when planning the future of their book. Now with the wide spread use of e-readers the process has become even more fluid, thus giving writers a more efficient way to introduce readers to their work. But is self-publishing the right choice, and if so what does it involve? Elizabeth Amisu is an author who knows a lot about the process as she chose to self-publish her creative dystopian fantasy The Sacerdos Mysteries. … Continue reading
The summer of 2012, in every which way possible, is cementing itself as the summer of Great British-ness. In addition to the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, the RSC has organised the World Shakespeare Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad. In recognition of the vast reach of Shakespeare’s influence, as well as the usual glitterati of film and theatre performing his much loved plays, the festival will include Globe to Globe; an initiative that showcases 37 different companies performing 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 different languages. … Continue reading
The Queen of Teen award was established in 2008 to celebrate the nation’s favourite teen and tween authors.
The first winner was Louise Rennison, author of Confessions of Georgia Nicholson. Two years later Cathy Cassidy, author of Indigo Blue, Scarlett and Sundae Girl (to mention a few) was awarded the prize.
This year Cathy Cassidy has once again been nominated but will she be able to keep the title? The 2012 shortlist is made up of some fantastic authors and you may notice that not all of them are female. James Dawson, author of Hollow Pike, who we interviewed back in February has been the first male author to be nominated for the Queen of Teen.
The Carnegie Medal is an award established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Each year the medal is awarded to the writer of an outstanding children’s book. The prize was first awarded to Arthur Ransome for Pigeon Post but has since been won by authors such as David Almond, Phillip Pullman, Melvin Burgess, Theresa Breslin, Anne Fine, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Alan Garner and Eve Garnett. The winner for 2012 was announced today (June 14th) and I’m pleased to announce that the medal was awarded to Patrick Ness for A Monster Calls (Walker Books Ltd). … Continue reading
With all eyes on London this Summer, the British Library has put together an exhibition to celebrate English Literature and to explore how Britain’s landscape has inspired and been shaped by the nation’s great literary works.