I’ll also presenting awards to the winners of a short story competition which the National Space Centre are running. The winning stories are being posted online here. There are some very impressive ones, and I’m looking forward to meeting their authors!
The Ministry of Biscuits, the musical what I wrote with Brian P. Mitchell twenty years ago, opens at Brighton’s Lantern Theatre on the 23rd of November, and I’ll be doing two events in my old hometown to tie in with it.
Well, the first is in Hove, actually – at the fabled Book Nook children’s bookshop, who have kindly invited me along to talk about my books. And Sarah McIntyre is coming too! We’ll be happy to sign books and answer your questions about the stories we create together as well as our solo work – Mortal Engines, Railhead, Goblins, and Sarah’s comics and picture books. And we may finish off with a song from The Ministry of Biscuits (sung, to everyone’s relief, not by ourselves, but by one of the stars). The Ministry… isn’t a children’s show (it comes from a time before I’d thought of writing for children) but there’s nothing in it that’s actually unsuitable for kids of 7+, and I think it should appeal to fans of Mortal Engines, which was written at around the same time. (Brian and I were aiming for a sort of Ealing Comedy with music.)
The Book Nook is at 1 St Johns Place, First Avenue, Hove BN3 2FJ, and our event is at 4pm on Monday November 20th. Admission is free, but please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place so they know how many people to expect.
Then I’ll be returning to Brighton on Friday November 24th. If you come to see The Ministry of Biscuits that night, Brian and I will be hanging about afterwards to talk about the show over tea, biscuits and mulled wine.
I’m often asked if Mortal Engines is available as an audiobook, and the answer is finally YES. Audible have just released a new recording, narrated by the actor and writer Barnaby Edwards. Barnaby is well-known to Doctor Who fans as a DALEK, and also as a writer, director and script editor of many Big Finish audio productions. He’s a much-sought after reader for audiobooks, and the perfect voice for the Mortal Engines quartet. And he’s already recorded Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain, which will be available soon…