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…

The True Colours of Coral Glen: An interview with Juliette Forrest

Juliette Forrest joins us in The Reading Realm today to talk to Kevin Cobane about her new book The True Colours of Coral Glen! When and how did you start writing? I’ve worked in advertising my whole career but I didn’t start writing my own stories until I attended a Saturday morning class at Glasgow…

The Runaways: An interview with Holly Webb

We’re very lucky today to have the wonderful Holly Webb visit The Reading Realm to chat to Sarah Farrell about her brand-new book The Runaways, a unique and thrilling tale, set during the Second World War, of resilience, bravery and love! I absolutely loved The Runaways! It’s very different from your previous books, so what…

Click: An interview with Kayla Miller

Today we welcome Kayla Miller into The Reading Realm to talk about the graphic novels Click and Camp. Kayla talks to Richard Ruddick about illustration, paranormal investigators and the work of Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson and Molly Knox Ostertag… Is Click based primarily on your own growing up experience or did you use stories from friends…

The Truth About Martians: An interview with Melissa Savage

Melissa Savage is the author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me. Here she talks to Steph Elliot about her new book The Truth About Martians… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about your new book The Truth About Martians?  There is a story here in the US about an alleged UFO crash in…

What is poetry?

Thank you to all the poets today we contributed to our discussion about what poetry is and why it’s so important! I will turn your ideas into some freely downloadable posters for schools, but wanted to capture some your excellent thoughts here!  “Poetry is a bit like love. Impossible to define or even describe but…

Trouble in New York: An interview with Sylvia Bishop

Jamie Creeden has always wanted to be a reporter – so when he is given a tour of the famous MORNING YORKER newspaper, he can’t believe his luck. But a chance phone call draws him into the mystery of the missing actress. Soon Jamie, along with his new friends Eve and Rose, must navigate a…

The Middler: An interview with Kirsty Applebaum

Kirsty Applebaum was born in Essex and grew up in Hampshire. She has had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signalling, picking stones off conveyor belts and teaching Pilates. The Middler, an atmospheric, thrilling, dystopian middle grade adventure, is her debut novel!   Congratulations on your debut novel, The Middler!  You’ve set the…