Just back from a few days in Manchester, where Sarah McIntyre and I were guests of the very wonderful Manchester Children’s Book Festival. We met lots of wonderful people, some of them knitted by Ann Lam, who has been turning out sea monkeys by the dozen. Here’s Sarah posing with Zombie Sea Monkey and French Sea Monkey…
While I was away, a couple of recent interviews have appeared online. Here’s a Q&A I did with Dan Metcalf for StoryWorld, in which I talk about Goblins, Cakes in Space and how working with SM has revived my enthusiasm for writing. He asks a very good question which I’ve never been asked before: ‘Do you actually like writing?’
In all the hustle and bustle at this time of year, it’s all too easy to forget about the true meaning of Christmas – which is, BUYING LOADS AND LOADS OF BOOKS, preferably MINE.
So, should you be thinking of picking up a copy of Oliver and the Seawigs for your nearest and dearest, Sarah McIntyre has produced a range of exclusive Sea Monkey gift-tags, which you can download in PDF form HERE. They’re in black and white, but feel free to colour them in if you think they need it. (And feel free to attach them to presents which DON’T contain a copy of Oliver and the Seawigs if you want – the Sea Monkeys don’t care).
Also, if you’re handy with knitting needles or a crochet hook, you could create your own stuffed Sea Monkey toy to go along with the book. This one was knitted by Holly Skeet, who was my utterly brilliant copy editor on the Mortal Engines series, and also writes her own very successful books under the name Holly Webb. (The Sea Monkey is on the left.)
Oliver and the Seawigs won’t be officially published until September 4th, but the publicity shenanigans have already begun. Our lovely publishers, Oxford University Press, threw a spectacular pre-publication party on the Golden Hinde in London this week, and you can find a full report by my illustrator and co-author Sarah McIntyre over on her blog. It may feature scenes of me playing the ukelele and wearing sneakers and a t-shirt (new book, new look). It also features the news that Oliver and the Seawigs will be published in the USA next year!
And here’s a trailer that’s been produced for the book by MB Films, featuring some of Sarah’s artwork.
To mark the actual publication of Seawigs there will be ANOTHER party – well, more of an EVENT really, at Daunt’s Books in Marylebone, London. We’ll be reading from the book, sarah will be drawing, and I daresay we’ll be singing our Sea Monkey song again (I might even have learned the chords by then).
Admission is free, but places are limited, so if you’d like to come, you’ll need to book a ticket. Here are the details: