Creative Wellbeing Retreat Day: 31st May 2020

🌼Hello May! Following our fabulous retreat day on 23rd February, we will again be offering a creative wellbeing retreat day on May 31st, 10am-4pm at the beautiful Old Park Meadow, Essex! 🎨 Art for relaxation (no art skills required!)🌿 Aromatherapy🧘🏼‍♀️ Yoga📚 Poetry and Creative Writing💙 Deep Relaxation🥗 Delicious Lunch 💛 £70 for the day including…

The Women Left Behind: An interview with Imogen Russell Williams

The Women Left Behind is one of our favourite collections of poetry for adults, so it’s wonderful to have Imogen Russell Williams join us today to talk about this important, beautiful collection of poems… Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about The Women Left Behind? Oh I’m worried about spoilers…

Magic Wishes and Trickster Tales: An interview with Chitra Soundar

It’s an honour today to invite children’s author Chitra Soundar into The Reading Realm to talk to Ian Eagleton about her career, writing process and publishing! I was first introduced to your work when I read A Dollop of Ghee and a Pot of Wisdom many years ago and it remains one of my favourite…

Wranglestone: An interview with Darren Charlton

We are thrilled to be part of the #Wranglestone Blog Tour! Today we talk to author Darren Charlton about his icy, scary new YA book called Wranglestone, which is set in the American wilderness and features zombies, terrifying adventure and a romance that will melt your heart… Without giving too much away, can you tell…

Bright Bursts of Colour: An interview with Matt Goodfellow

Ahead of its release on February 6th, Matt Goodfellow joins us in The Reading Realm to talk about his wonderful new anthology of poems called Bright Bursts of Colour… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about Bright Bursts of Colour and the inspiration behind it? I wanted to write a collection of…

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars: An interview with Yaba Badoe

We are delighted to have Yaba Badoe, an award-winning writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker join us in The Reading Realm today to talk about her magical, thrilling, spooky and moving debut A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, which is published by Head of Zeus… Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit…

Meet the Author: An interview with Nicola Penfold

We are thrilled to be part of the #WhereTheWorldTurnsWild Blog Tour! Today, author Nicola Penfold journeys into The Reading Realm to talk about the thrilling and beautifully written Where The World Turns Wild… Without any spoilers, could you tell us a little bit about Where the World Turns Wild and the inspiration behind the book?…

New Kid: An interview with Jerry Craft

Today, author and illustrator Jerry Craft joins us in The Reading Realm to talk to Richard Ruddick about his new middle grade graphic novel called New Kid… Without giving too much away, can you describe your new graphic novel New Kid to our readers? Sure, New Kid is loosely based on my life, as well…

I Am A Jigsaw: An interview with Roger Stevens

Today, author, poet and musician Roger Stevens joins Ian Eagleton in The Reading Realm to talk about a new anthology of riddles and puzzle poems called I am a Jigsaw and his award-winning website called The Poetry Zone… Without giving too much away can you tell us a bit about your new anthology of poems,…

A Pocketful of Stars: An interview with Aisha Bushby

Today, Aisha Bushby joins Dean Boddington in #TheRealm to talk about her moving, magical debut A Pocketful of Stars… Safiya asks Elle; “Would you rather a chocolate flavoured poo or a poo flavoured chocolate?” Come on then, which would you choose and why? It would have to be poo-flavoured chocolate because I can’t fathom the…