Tuesday, 17 September 2013
I thought I'd just keep you up to date with what I'm up to in the next couple of months.
The first thing is that I am signing books and talking about The Dead Men Stood Together at David's Bookshop in Letchworth on Thursday 19 September. This will be the first event I will be doing on the back of this new book.
The following week - Thursday 26 September, I will be heading towards Lancaster to talk to Lancaster Grammar Boys school, ahead of an evening event on 27 September - Beyond Twilight - with Celia Rees, Marcus Sedgwick and Sarah Singleton, looking at the Gothic in teen fiction. The event is organised by Dr Catherine Spooner and I did a similar event here last year with Celia. I'm really looking forward to it - and to meeting Marcus and Sarah. I am also being interviewed by BBC Lancashire in the afternoon of the 27th - for four minutes, anyway.
The following Wednesday - October 2 - I am doing a Booktrust librarians event in Reading where I shall again be talking about The Dead Men Stood Together. It's always a pleasure to talk to librarians, of course.
From Reading, I will be hot-footing it over to Heathrow where I will stay the night and then hop on a plane to Prague where the Park Lane International School is opening a new campus in the old town and want me to be a guest. I am very honoured and delighted to be returning to Prague. I will fly out in the morning, talk to the students in the afternoon, attend the event in the evening and then fly back the following day. Hopefully I'll see some of my Czech friends in those few short hours.
The day after I get home on 4 October, I am heading back to London on the 5th, to attend the autumn dinner of the Dracula Society as a guest and speaker. Their Children of the Night Award (for Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth) sits on my desk and it will be a pleasure to come and talk to them.
On 9 October, I am launching The Dead Men Stood Together with an event at Heffer's Bookshop in Cambridge. Heffer's have been hugely supportive of me - and countless other local writers - since before I even lived in Cambridge. I'm really looking forward to that.
At the end of the month I'm doing a very exciting event. For Halloween, I will be sharing a stage with Sally Gardner and Susan Cooper, two wonderful writers. Susan Cooper is over from the US and I'm so pleased to be involved in one of her events. Reading The Dark is Rising to my son was a very memorable experience - for both of us, I think.
The day, on 1 November, after that I am off to Brighton to the World Fantasy Convention where I am doing a panel event on YA fiction. This is my first time at the Fantasy Con, so I'm intrigued
I think that's all for now - for this year anyway....