Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped to celebrate the launch of A Darkness at the End the other night, both on the group and in a virtual space as well. It was a fantastic night and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Particular thanks to Sarah Rees Brennan who, despite threats, didn’t shame me at all 😉
(Next time, Sarah, next time).
Bob has signed copies in the Gutter Bookshop, and so too do our friends as the National Leprechaun Museum. There will be more popping up in various bookshops as and when I get there (I’m on a mission).
Failing that I’ll be at Titancon at the end of the month, and at Octocon in October. Signing pen will be at the ready. All three books are available from all good bookshops, on and offline, now. Keep a lookout for the very rare, collector’s item that is the wings badge!
The weekend is almost here (ok, it’s Wednesday, but I can dream, can’t I?) and with it comes the Focal Wexford Literary Festival in Enniscorthy.
To say I’m looking forward to this one is kind of a massive understatement. Not least because I’ll be there with the wonderful Claire Hennessy and Elizabeth Rose Murray. We have a panel on YA fiction together at 2pm and I am absolutely certain there will be shenanigans.
I’ll also be at the open mic on Friday night, once Claire and I have completed our
Thelma and Louise Roadtrip down there.
In the meantime may I point out that Claire’s wonderful book Nothing Tastes As Good launches tonight in Dublin and Elizabeth’s equally marvelous Caramel Hearts is out now and has its Dublin launch next week. Rush out and buy both of them right away!
So, #YAieDay is on Twitter tomorrow, a day when we celebrate all things YA in Ireland, and I’m going to be on from 1.10-1.50 swearing… sorry “talking” about swearing with Kim Hood and Sally Nicholls. Follow the #YAieDay hashtag on Twitter and the full (amazing) lineup and programme is here. Thanks to the marvellous Michelle Moloney King for putting this together.
And then, next week it’s Octocon. And the programme is now up online too. Another brilliant line up of people and lots of YA here.
So this is what I’ll be up to.
Busy busy busy…
- Friday, October 9
Ireland as a location
A. Tivoli/Yeats, 7pm – 8pm
- Saturday, October 10
As the creator Intended?
C. Gaiety, 1pm – 2pm
B. Abbey, 3pm – 4pm
Late Night Panel: Sex In Fiction/Erotica
B. Abbey, 7pm – 8pm
- Sunday, October 11
A Fantasy of My Own
A. Tivoli/Yeats, 2pm – 3pm
Irish Mythology And Its International Spread
A. Tivoli/Yeats, 3pm – 4pm
Readings from our Authors featuring Planetfall by Emma Newman
B. Abbey, 4pm – 5pm
Practical Magic: Perspectives of Pagans, Gamers, and Fantasy Authors
B. Abbey, 5pm – 6pm
The whole programme can be found here. Come along and say hello! I will probably be the person rushing between panels but say hello anyway! 😀
I was in the Gutter Bookshop in Dalkey today and found A Crack in Everything in a proud position as part of their Christmas recommendations for teens. So now they have signed copies. And I have a lovely photo.
In some rather smashing company too.
And on Twitter there is now a hashtag for all things YA in Ireland – #YAIE and an account @– thanks to Michelle Moloney King, Maria O’Sullivan and Claire Hennessy.
Can’t wait for it.
Join us for the inaugural Twitter chat – next Wed (Dec 17), 7.30-8.30pm. Topic: ‘Irish books I wish were written when I was a YA’.