Of a life in rooms with castle corridors, and universes stacked on the shelves.

The little local high street library that was huge, it’s corridors endless as a castle when I was small. Nooks behind shelves, my hand in my nan’s hand, my mum’s hand, my dad’s hand, and eventually alone. It was so much smaller when I visited recently, no bigger than a coffee shop, but it was no less large in my mind.

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.