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Busy with books

Posted on | April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments

The last couple of weeks haven’t seen much action from me here on Playing by the book, but that’s not because I haven’t been busy with books. On the contrary, I’ve been busy interviewing:-

  • Lyn Gardner, talking about writing for children’s theatre as opposed to children’s books
  • Sarah Crossan, discussing how verse novels differ from prose novels
  • Damian Dibben, dreaming of Benedict Cumberbatch and Alfonso Cuaron
  • and Ruta Sepetys, exploring where solace can be found (click on the names to read my interviews)

  • …as well as preparing to interview Cate Cain, Damian Kelleher, Anne Cassidy, and Ian Beck face to fact next week …in front of an audience …of librarians, school teachers and other adults passionate about books for children and young people. (It’s going to be equally enjoyable and nervewracking!)

    Yes, on Friday the Federation of Children’s Book Group’s annual conference kicks off (with none other than Cressida Cowell!), and then all the way through to Sunday lunchtime I will be living, eating, sleeping, dreaming books even more than usual.

    Next week I shall report back with lots of photos, bringing you news from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, Meg Rosoff, Anthony Browne and Helen Oxenbury, Holly Smale, Julian Sedgwick, Damian Dibben, Abie Longstaff, Megan Rix, Justin Somper, Lauren Child, James Mayhew, Mick Inkpen, Guy Parker Rees and Atinuke, in addition to the authors I’ll be interviewing in person.

    But in the mean time I’m in marathon training. Book marathon training. My favourite sort of marathon training, and the best way to prepare for the conference!

    Once Easter is over I’ll be back to a full programme of posting here with lots more reviews and interviews and in the meantime you can always find me on Twitter.

    Happy Reading!

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    4 Responses to “Busy with books”

    1. Emma Perry
      April 7th, 2014 @ 9:15 am

      Ooooo how exciting! Have fun!

    2. se7en
      April 7th, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

      Oh exciting times… now would definitely be a good time to jump on a plane and visit your northern realm!!! Enjoy these lovely book times, really what could be better than heaps of book people all n one place!!!
      se7en recently posted..Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #217

    3. Anamaria
      April 8th, 2014 @ 2:24 am

      Thanks for the update, Zoe! I had been missing your posts–now I have a lot of interviews to catch up on! Happy reading!

    4. choxbox
      April 12th, 2014 @ 12:03 am


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