CILIP Carnegie Nomination
I'm thrilled to share that Blood Moon has been nominated for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Prize! You can see all the nominated titles here. Congratulations to all the nominated authors. What an honour.
National Poetry Day
This year feels a million months long, but October was very nice, with Blood Moon being chosen as one of the Teen Picks for National Poetry Day - a day for sharing and celebrating poetry. For this special day I wrote a poem about periods. Of course. And here are the other poetry books which were selected for National Poetry Day - all of which are absolutely excellent.
US Starred Reviews!
Okay, so we are in the middle of a pandemic, and the whole country is pretty much in lockdown, but publication week was still incredibly special. We did a Zoom-Feminist Quiz with Vagina Museum (where you can also buy my book) and an Instagram live with the lovely Gabby Edlin of Bloody Good Period. I did a couple of events for YALC - a lovely panel with Nikita Gill, Holly Bourne, Kate Weston and Anna James on Feminism in YA, and a prize giving ceremony for UKYABA. Blood Moon was reviewed in the Financial Times Life & Arts, The Irish Times and on World Book Day's Summer Reads for Teens. I also did a book signing in my back garden, a sentence I never thought I'd write.
Blood Moon ARCs
Bath Children's Novel Award
MA Writing for Young People Anthology
Cowley International College
I had the warmest reception at Cowley International College where I ran two creative writing workshops for year 10s and 6th formers, and read from my work-in-progress, BLOOD MOON, a YA novel in verse. Thanks for having me @cowleian.