About the Event
In collaboration with Tandem Collective UK, Bloomsbury Children's Books present their celebration of Spring / Summer titles for 2021.
We're inviting you to an evening in with this stellar line-up, hosted by MC Grammar; the award-winning teacher and that 'Dad who raps books'. We can promise exclusive author readings, bookish competitions & giveaways, live interviews and discussions alike.
All are welcome to this event - tickets are £2.50 and all proceeds (minus VAT) will go to The National Literacy Trust; an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.
You'll get to hear what these star authors have got to say:
Ben Bailey Smith (Something We Said)
For thirteen-year-old Carmichael Taylor, life is one big joke – in a good way. He just can’t understand why no one else seems to find everything as funny as he does. When Car is filmed stumbling into performing a piece of hilarious stand-up at the school talent show – targeting his family, school and friends – the footage ends up creating international infamy. But with the promise of fame and fortune comes trouble, and it’s up to Car to decide what or who he’s willing to risk to chase his comedy dream. A heart-warming and hilarious look at family, friendship and what really matters.
Clare Weze (The Lightning Catcher)
Alfie has noticed a few things since his family moved to Folding Ford. He really misses life in the city. He and his sister don't exactly fit in here. But the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS. One frost-covered branch on one tree in the middle of June? A tiny whirlwind in a bucket in the garden? Only in Folding Ford. Armed with his bike, a notepad and his new best mate Sam, Alfie is going to investigate. His best clue is Nathaniel Clemm … the only thing in town weirder than the weather. When Alfie ‘investigates’ Mr Clemm’s garden, only SLIGHTLY illegally, he finds a strange box that freezes his trainers and makes his teeth tingle. And when he opens it, only SLIGHTLY deliberately, SOMETHING gets out. Something fast, fizzing and sparking with electricity and very, very much alive. But the creature from the box brings trouble of its own, and as barometers and tempers go haywire in Folding Ford, Alfie finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm.
Kaylnn Bayron (This Poison Heart)
Ever since she can remember, Briseis has had power over plants. Flowers bloom in her footsteps and leaves turn to face her as though she were the sun. It’s a power she and her adoptive mothers have spent her whole life trying to hide. And then Briseis inherits an old house from her birth mother and suddenly finds herself with the space and privacy to test her powers for the first time. But as Briseis starts to bring the house’s rambling garden back to life, she finds she has also inherited generations of secrets. A hidden altar to a dark goddess, a lineage of witches stretching back to ancient times, and a hidden garden overgrown with the most deadly poisonous plants on earth. And Briseis’s long-departed ancestors aren’t going to let her rest until she accepts her place as the keeper of the terrible power that lies at the heart of the Poison Garden.
Brigid Kemmerer (Defy The Night)
In a kingdom where sickness stalks the streets and only the richest can afford a cure, King Harriston and Prince Corrick are forced to rule with an iron fist. Tessa Cade is a masked outlaw marked for death, but she likes it that way. Together with the mysterious, handsome Weston, she robs from the rich to help the poor, distributing food and medicine to those who need it most. As it becomes clear that the only way to save her people is to assassinate the King, Tessa must face a deadly mission that will take her to the dark heart of the kingdom … and force her to work with the very people she intended to destroy.
Jessie Burton (Medusa)
Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa has little company except the snakes that adorn her head instead of hair. But when a charmed, beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is disrupted with the force of a supernova, unleashing desire, love, betrayal … and destiny itself. Filled with glorious full-colour illustrations by award-winning Olivia Lomenech Gill, this astonishing retelling of Greek myth is perfect for readers of Circe and The Silence of the Girls. Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.
Melissa Cummings-Quarry & Natalie A Carter (Grown: The Black Girls Guide to Glowing Up)
As a young Black girl, there is no limit to what you can achieve. You’ve just got to know how to shoot your shot. And that’s where GROWN comes in. From how to care for your hair and lay the perfect edges, to finding your squad and freeing yourself from toxic relationships, to dealing with microaggressions, to making money moves and securing your dream job, GROWN is full of stories, advice and activities that will give you the skills to show up and show out, while making sure you always look on point. GROWN is for Black girls everywhere. An ode to Black girlhood and a celebration of Black British culture, this debut book from the founders of the Black Girls' Bookclub will empower a generation to chase their dreams, lift up other womxn and become unstoppable.
Sarah Crossan (Tomorrow Is Beautiful)
Sometimes it's hard to find the right words. This poetry anthology provides the antidote, offering calm, hope and peace to all. Focusing on positivity, this is the perfect collection to dip into whenever you need a boost. Containing a selection of classic poems from Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti, as well as contemporary poems chosen by Sarah Crossan – the go-to verse novelist in the UK – this beautiful book will lift your spirits time and time again. An essential read and the perfect gift for anyone in need of comfort, joy and hope.
Interviewers and hosts include; Jean Menzies, Meena Alexander and Sophie Kirtley.
Please note that Jessie Burton and Jean Menzies will not appear live; their interview is pre-recorded.