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Saturday
Jul132013

 

For some people the highlight of summer 2013 could be the Ashes series. The Golden Duck in July (Archie)

For others it might be a trip to Lowestoft in Peter Duck, the hospitality of the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club and the friendship of Y6 pupils from Kessingland Primary School. A memorable day for 28 children and their teachers, began at Ness Point (the 'easternmost point' in A Ravelled Flag) and continued with new words for old shanties, pilotage lessons from Judy and Nicola of the Nancy Blackett Trust, a coat of arms worthy of an old sailor's kitbag (Ransome's 'Peter Duck'), a treasure hunt with teachers turned to goddesses and much happy scrambling on board the boat

Exciting times took a different turn with a meeting of the Crime Writers Association and the Margery Allingham Society - of which more later.

Two long day's sailing north then south across Sole Bay have left Julia eager to get back to work on the final draft of her next adventure story. Illustrator Claudia Myatt has meanwhile been sailing down from Inverness to Ipswich, sketch book in hand.

Wednesday
Jun192013

Children from Frobisher Primary School in Jaywick. Thank you for your 'meet and greet' poThe Golden Duck in Junelicy that immediately made me welcome. Thank you Y5 for your hard work and friendliness. I've really enjoyed reading your stories. JJ

Children from Alton Park Junior School. Well done. You are the first to have your work in the children's section. I hope there's more to come and I'm excited to see what you'll produce. JJ

Essex Book Festival. Thank you for sending me to these schools as part of your all-the-year-round activity. JJ

Between the Lines: New Bookshop in Great Bardfield, Essex OPENED JUNE 22nd 2013 CONGRATULATIONS!

Wednesday
Jun122013

The Red Lion at Martlesham (Suffolk) offered Julia her inspiration for a new sailing adventure story.

Children at Alton Park Junior and Kessingland Primary Schools offered a wonderful range of comments on the feelings inspired by this warlike object. They didn't know it was a lion -- several guessed it might be a Chinese dragon - cf Authors Electric blog post June 9th 2013.

One group of the Kessingland Y6 children also offered a range of great suggestions for the new book's title. Thank you all.

Wednesday
Jun122013

The Adventures of Margery Allingham is now available as an ebook and The Salt-Stained Book has won an award!

Wednesday
Jun122013

Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory: The working life of Herbert Allingham has now been favourably reviewed in the Church Times, the Oldie, the Review of Children's Books History, the TLS, History Today and the Literary Review.

Wednesday
Jun122013

Ghosting Home was LoveReading4Kids Book of the Month for July 2012

"The Strong Winds trilogy has the style, spirit, sense of fun and sheer adventure of the classic Arthur Ransome novels which inspired it"  says Amanda Craig, novelist and children's book reviewer for The Times

Wednesday
Jun122013

A Ravelled Flag was published 24.11.2011. "The themes are darker", says Peter Willis, "but the page turning impetus is just as strong."

Wednesday
Jun122013

The Oaken Heart  was launched on Thursday March 3rd 2011 at the opening ceremony of the Essex Book Festival. Ronald Blythe finds the book "astonishing". Read his foreword now - and a marvellous appreciation by Simon Heffer in the Sunday Telegraph.

Jackie Wilkin, literary editor of the WI Life magazine, made The Oaken Heart her 'Book of the Year'.

Wednesday
Jun122013

Francis Wheen is working on a Victorian mystery novel which will be published by Fourth Estate.

His previous book was Strange Days Indeed - UK paperback published by Fourth Estate (2010)

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