AMAZING SCENES over on Sarah McIntyre’s blog today as the title of our fourth book is announced. She’s busy with the illustrations now, and it will be released in the autumn. It’s the same format and tone as Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, and Pugs of the Frozen North but, as usual, it features new characters and a new world. Not quite completely new, however, as this one is a descendant of the very first story we came up with together. You can read all about it here…
Meanwhile, we’re still doing our Pugs of the Frozen North roadshow. One of our favourite bookshops, Daunt Books in Marylebone, is having its own literary festival on the 10th and 11th March. They have an amazing line-up, and Sarah and I will be appearing there on Thursday 10th at 5pm . It will be the usual pugs malarkey – snowballs, pug drawing, and a race to the Pole.
We’ll also be at the Oxford Literary Festival on Sunday 3rd March (they’re using a very serious picture of me on the website; I won’t actually be looking like that). And on Saturday 2nd I’ll be in conversation with children’s author and critic Philip Womack and the brilliant children’s/YA/everybody’s fantasy writer Frances Hardinge, whose novel The Lie Tree recently won the prestigious Costa Book award (and not just the children’s bit, but the whole thing).
Come and say hello if you manage to make it to any of these! Lots more events are being lined up for later in the year, including Listowel Writers Week in County Kerry in early June. Further details as I get them.
Images: artwork from Jinks & O’Hare, Funfair Repair by Sarah McIntyre, pug photos by Alesha Bonser and Dannie Price.