On writing: Melvin Burgess #GEAQA

Christmas has come early! Join me at 19.30 on Twitter for a Q&A with @Melvinburgess

Today’s #GEAQA guest is the AMAZING writer Melvin Burgess. It is a huge privilege to host this leviathan of the British Writing world. Following the 1998 with the publication of Junk, about heroin-addicted teenagers on the streets of Bristol Junk became one of the best-known young adult books of the decade in the UK. Burgess won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book by a British author. For the 10th anniversary in 2007 it was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite.


On Gifts for Writers, recommended by Writers

On Gifts for Writers, recommended by Writers

You’re aspiring to finish that next book, or you have a relative who you know is a writer and you want that perfect gift, here are some suggestions from the Nest. I’ve also created a supporting Pinterest Board for handy use that will direct you to reputable places to buy. 

On seasonal Shelfie dreams

Christmas is coming,

The Goose is getting fat,

Can you spare a penny for the impoverished writer’s hat?

Come, all ye Literary, to tonight’s #GEAQA twitter-thon, where we’ll be garnering suggestions and ideas from you and others on ‘gifts’ for writers’. 

Craft books, MG books, YA, Literary and Picture books to inspire and delight, stationary ideas and generally booky inspired shopping! 

I’ll create a follow up pinterest and supporting blog post of links and items to the most “Hearted” tweets to refer back to.

Write those lists! Check them twice and join us for ideas and inspiration at 19.30 GMT tonight.

On #DisabilityInKidsLit: there's not enough

Tonight (1930 GMT) I will be hosting our ‪#‎GEAQA‬ with guest Athena Stevens. Athena is an actress, writer, entrepreneur and activist who works to promote disability in the arts. She has a play. ‘Schism’ coming out at the Finborough in April, has had plays on in Edinburgh and the West End. Please do come to the event at 19.30 tomorrow, we’d love to hear your take on diversity and disability in literature. You can find out more about Athena, and see her TEDx Talk on her site below.

We’ll be talking about‪ #‎DisabilityInKidsLit‬

I really recommend thinking about this subject in advance, we’ll raise a few questions and challenges, and encourage you to think about the breadth and type of coverage that people with disability get in Childrens’ Literature.

If you’re thinking of including differently-abled characters in your writing, or just want to discuss as part of the wider subject of diversity, we look forward to your questions/comments.

I’d also like to recommend the Documentary that Athena made called ‘Day of Small things’. Where she interviews a mountain of amazing people on 'the definition of achievement’ (Designer Paul Smith, Critic Giles Coren, Writer Ben Okri; as an example with many more interviews on her website).

If you’re struggling to put your own goals into perspective then this is a great film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uto3c55wHO0