Space v hospital

In space, no-one can hear you scream. In hospital, children can’t hear their parents screaming at them to tidy their rooms. That’s why children spend more time in hospitals than in space. (Logical, Captain.)   If you haven’t already noticed it, the sign on the wall is good.

Linda Strachan on Abba

Okay, not that ABBA (though knowing Linda I’m sure the singing would be just as good as her writing – talented woman). No, this is Awfully Big Blog Adventure – where a lot of writers hang out. Here Linda muses on how the little things characters say and do can tell us so much more…

Twin Peakes?

Is it just us, or is there a certain similarity between astronaut Tim Peake and Nick Green, author of the Cat Kin trilogy? Both seem to relish jeopardy (certainly if Nick’s books are anything to go by), but only one had a tiny part in a TV drama serial as a child. We hope they’ve sent the…

Don’t say you hadn’t noticed!

Yes, it’s almost Christmas. For us, that’s as much of an excuse as we need to stare in awe at the cover of Emma Barnes‘ Wolfie. It’s not even a Christmas book, but there’s something about that snow… Emma won the Fantastic Book Awards with Wolfie. And no wonder, it’s a dream of a book.…

Bad Faith – life imitating fiction?

We’ve always loved the cover of this book – have a good look at what’s in the trees and you’ll see why. But what’s inside the cover is what really counts, and it’s one of the best dystopian novels we’ve read. The comes from the state-backed One Church that dominates politics in the book’s parallel…

Amy ♥s Kirkland’s #WeirdYA

Oh no she doesn’t! Oh yes she does! (Well, it’s that time of year, isn’t it.) And good on Amy. We love it too. We’re talking book blogger Amy Powis here. She’s listed North of Porter by The Master of Oddness, Kirkland Ciccone, in her Top 10 reads of 2015. Kirkland and Porter are up…

Glyndebourne’s NOTHING: THE OPERA trailer

A tree, some teenagers and some stuff thrown on the ground. We LOVE this trailer for Glyndebourne’s forthcoming operatic production of Janne Teller‘s awe-inspiring novel NOTHING. So simple, yet so effective. Just like the book itself. Tickets are on sale now for the performances on 25, 26 & 27 Feb. Click here to go to…

Hamley is a pog

He’s also one of our favourite aminals. Aminals are, of course, animals that derive from 2 species. Can you guess which species feature in Hamley’s phylogenetic tree. Hamley is a bundle of fun. He crashes into Hugh Holman‘s The Almost Animals like a bowling ball into skittles. Which is your favourite aminal?

Knife crime

There’s been quite a bit in the media recently about knife crime, including this BBC report and of course the tragic events at Cults Academy near Aberdeen. It’s a problem that’s not going away, despite groups like Break The Chain working hard to help turn things around. Books can’t single-handedly solve the problem. But perhaps they can be part of the…

Talisman in Primary Times

This from Mossneuk Primary School’s P7B class, writing in the new edition of Primary Times about the big launch of Paul Murdoch‘s Talisman at their school. The event included book trailers and a particularly good true story about a bear on the banks of Loch Lomond! Be sure to ask Paul to tell the tale if he comes to…

The real-life dragon that inspired DarkIsle

Meet the inspiration behind the dragon,Shona, in D A Nelson‘s DarkIsle books. The trilogy has captivated readers worldwide, but starts in Scotland (where the books are widely read in schools and elsewhere). That’s where this massive stone dragon – constructed from the remnants of a disused railway bridge – sits above the dunes in Irvine Beach Park…