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The Bramble King launched.

The Bramble King launched.

Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of reading from The Bramble King at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, alongside my old friend Sheenagh Pugh, who was launching her own latest collection Afternoons Go Nowhere. Both are now available from Seren Books.

Sheenagh lives in Shetland these days so I haven’t seen her for a while. It was very enjoyable to hear her read some tremendous poems.

While I was there I called in to see a fascinating graduate show and met Lois Grage, who has designed a studio set of Jared’s Observatory from my novel Incarceron as part of her final graduation project. It was amazing to see it and image it as a real TV or film project!

Clockwork Crow event at Hay Festival

Clockwork Crow event at Hay Festival

It was great to talk to an interested and enthusiastic audience at Hay on Sunday about the Clockwork Crow. I had the chance to read an excerpt and field plenty of challenging questions. Thanks to everyone who came! My next event is at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this Thursday where I will be reading… Continue reading

Seren Poetry Gala at Hay Festival

Seren Poetry Gala at Hay Festival

I took part in an excellent event at the Hay Festival on Monday night- the Seren Poetry Gala, with poets Jonathan Edwards, Rhiannon Hooson and Elizabeth Parker, launching the Borderlands pamphlet from Seren’s new series, and also reading a few poems from The Bramble King. The event was made even more special because the great… Continue reading

Clockwork Crow wins the Tir na n’Og Award.

Clockwork Crow wins the Tir na n’Og Award.

A lot of things seem to have been happening lately! Perhaps the most important is that THE CLOCKWORK CROW has won the Welsh Books Council’s Tir na n’Og Prize, awarded from a shortlist of four, for a children’s book with an authentic Welsh background. The prize, an amazing wooden book, was awarded last week in… Continue reading

The Bramble King published

The Bramble King published

My new poetry collection, THE BRAMBLE KING, is published from Seren books later this month. There’s a glimpse of the cover below. It’s my first collection for a few years, so the poems are fairly varied, through time and subject. Lost rooms, locked castles, many places in Wales and beyond, a lot of weather… and… Continue reading

End of year news

End of year news

It’s been a great end of year, with a lot of success for The Clockwork Crow. It’s been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize, and will be judged by schools, along with two other fabulous books. The result is announced on World Book day in March. there have also been lots of gratifying reviews. I… Continue reading

Clockwork Crow on Blue Peter longlist.

Clockwork Crow on Blue Peter longlist.

I’m delighted to be able to say that The Clockwork Crow has been named as one of the 10 books on the longlist for the Blue Peter Prize. www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/awards-and-prizes/current-prizes/blue-peter-book-awards/ The shortlist will be announced on March 6th, and then schools will judge the final winner. Their decision will be made public on World Book Day,… Continue reading

Reviews of the Crow

Reviews of the Crow

There have been some great reviews of Clockwork Crow online and in the Guardian and this month’s Literary Review. Worlds upon Worlds within Worlds Continue reading

Publication Day for Clockwork Crow

Publication Day for Clockwork Crow

I’m delighted that The Clockwork Crow is published in the UK today, from Firefly Press in Wales. Firefly have done a marvellous job and the cover looks wonderful. I hope everyone enjoys the adventures of Seren and the Crow, and enters the wintry world through the Door of Blood and Tears. And yes- they will… Continue reading

Four weeks until the Clockwork Crow takes off!

Four weeks until the Clockwork Crow takes off!

There are just under four weeks to go until THE CLOCKWORK CROW is published by Firefly Press on 4th October. All the editing has been done and the cover is looking great with some very shiny gold foil. It has been very rewarding working on a book for a younger age group for a change,… Continue reading