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Are You Zombie Ready?

Well, are you Zombie ready? We know someone who most certainly is; Molly Looby. How do we know? Molly came in on Sunday night, to share her awesome new book, ZA, with us.

Not only did Molly talk about her book, she also told us a little about Molten Publishing, the hybrid publishing company that she has set up with her lovely dad. The thing that makes Molten so special, is that Molly always gives feedback on submissions. If you want to know more, or you’d like to submit your YA writing, follow the link.

Back to ZA. ZA has been in Molly’s head for 5 years now and over that time, has completely transformed from the original manuscript to the gritty YA novel that it is today. That’s a long time to work on one project, but Molly is passionate about zombies and writing! She’s also been busily writing other novels at the same time.

During the course of the Q&A session, Molly told the audience about a great initiative called National Novel Writing Month. The very short version is that individuals commit to writing a 50K word novel in November. There’s a lot of support available to the writers though, so for more information, check out this link.

We had a great time with Molly. If you missed her, we have signed copies of ZA available in-store. And, if you’re a local(ish) school who would like a visit from Molly, let us know.

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*A special mention is surely deserved for James, pumpkin carver master!

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Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival News

As you may know, the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival is launching this summer.

BCLF LogoWith 18 separate events on offer, there’s plenty of choice, suiting ages from pre-school to teen. The latest (and final) addition to the schedule is Canadian author, Caighlan Smith.

Caighlan was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador on June 1st, 1994. She grew up in the scenic coastal community of St. Philip’s, overlooking the dramatic north-west Atlantic. As a kid, she loved to play in the woods around her house, loved to tell stories and believed in magic.

Unlike many YA fantasy writers, she does not have oodles of cats or dogs or miscellaneous furry friends, as they all make her sneeze and wheeze and tear-up. Inspired by her love of fantasy and the supernatural, Caighlan’s work combines the fun and action of video games with the urgency of post apocalyptic survival.

Join author Caighlan for the exclusive UK launch of her new YA novel Children of Icarus.

Come and hear 21 year old Caighlan talk about her new novel, find out how she started writing as a teenager, how she got her first book deal and her tips on becoming an author. Bring along your work to show Caighlan, ask her about any problems you have in your writing, or quiz her on life as an author.

This event is for age 13+, taking place here at Chicken and Frog Bookshop, on Saturday 30th July, from 6:00pm. Details can be found here.

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A Spring Clean

Welcome to another sunny day! If we don’t say too much about it, then maybe the spring weather will stay.

This is a quick post to highlight the changes that we have made to our website. We’ve taken away a few pages that didn’t really serve any purpose and had a bit of a tidy of the remaining pages. In particular, the Home Page now features regular recommendations, including picture books, Middle Grade, YA and non-fiction. We’d love to hear your views on our recommendations and if you have a firm favourite that you think is worth a mention, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

Enjoy!