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All good for THE VELVET FOX

All good for THE VELVET FOX

The Velvet Fox has now been published for a month and has had a very good reception and positive reviews. Sales of Clockwork Crow are still high and Firefly have just sold rights to Candlewick Press (Walker Books) in the US and also to publishers in China, Russia, Denmark and Finland.

I’m doing a few local events in run-up to Christmas, including Canton Library Cardiff on Saturday 30th November, 14 Locks Canal centre Christmas Fair 29th November.

And at the moment I am working on book 3 of the set, likely to be called THE MIDNIGHT SWAN!

Coming soon- The Velvet Fox

Coming soon- The Velvet Fox

I’m delighted that The Velvet Fox will be published on 3rd October by Firefly Press.  This is the sequel to last year’s Clockwork Crow, and features a new adventure for Seren and the Crow (who is even tetchier this time round.) Firefly have done a great job on the cover. Initial reviews have been very… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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