We Won an Island: An interview with Charlotte Lo

When Luna’s family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don’t go entirely to plan – no one expects Luna’s younger brother to win a Sheep Pageant, for example – and the secret festival they hold soon spirals out of control. But the island…

The Shop on Peculiar Hill: An interview with Grimly Darkwood

We are thrilled to have Grimly Darkwood in The Reading Realm today talking about his entertaining, quirky fantasy adventure The Shop on Peculiar Hill! Without giving too much away, can you tell us about your book The Shop on Peculiar Hill? The book is about a boy called Peter who comes to live with his…

Clouds Cannot Cover Us: An interview with Jay Hulme

Jay Hulme is an award winning transgender performance poet, speaker and educator. In the first part of this interview, he talks about his wonderful, striking new collection of poems, which is aimed at teenagers and young adults, called Clouds Cannot Cover Us… I wondered if you could start by telling us a bit about your…

Storm Hound: An interview with Claire Fayers

A friendly welcome and hello to Claire Fayers, who journeys into The Reading Realm today to talk to Sarah Farrell about her new book Storm Hound! Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about Storm Hound? Storm is the youngest of Odin’s fearsome hunting hounds, running through the skies on stormy…

Draw-Along-A-Lenton: An Illustrators’ Workshop with Steven Lenton

Grab a pencil and some paper tonight and take a journey into The Reading Realm with illustrator Steven Lenton. On the way, you’ll learn all about The Nothing to See Here Hotel, written by Steven Butler and illustrated by Steven Lenton. You’ll also find out how Steven became an illustrator and read his top tips…

The Importance of Daily Storytime: An interview with Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery is the much-loved author of Max and the Millions, Perijee and Me and Christmas Dinner of Souls. He is passionate about the importance of setting time aside every day so that primary school children are read to. Here he talks about Egmont’s ‘Stories and Choices’ research project and his top tips for reading…

Little Bird Flies: An interview with Karen McCombie

Karen McCombie has written a gazillion books (nearly!) including The Pearl in the Attic, the St. Grizzle’s School for Girls series and The Lost Diary of Sami Star. She joins us today for a chat with the lovely Tom Brassington about Little Bird Flies, published by Nosy Crow…   The majority of Little Bird Flies…

The Black Lotus: An interview with Kieran Fanning

Kieran Fanning, author of The Black Lotus, dives into The Reading Realm today to talk to Alfie Bache about the Samurai Empire and his top tips for writing tense, exciting scenes! Without giving too much away, can you tell us about The Black Lotus? In 16th century Japan, Lord Goda forges three powerful swords that…

Alex in Wonderland: An interview with Simon James Green

Author Simon James Green joins us today in The Reading Realm for a chat about his hilarious, romantic, up-lifting new book Alex in Wonderland… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about your new book Alex in Wonderland? What age group would you say it’s aimed at? 16 year-old Alex has just finished…

Reading for Pleasure Action Plan

Just a copy of an old action plan I made when I was English Leader, using Michael Rosen’s 20 point plan to encourage Reading for Pleasure! I’m certainly not claiming this as my own – think I found the template online (but can’t remember where) and just filled it with my notes and ideas. Feel…