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Capturing the Voice

On Thursday evening I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Free Word Centre to attend the Capturing the Voice event hosted by The Reading Agency and Bounce! Templar Publishing, Barrington Stoke, Piccadilly Press and Catnip Publishing.
chaired an author discussion with Colin Mulhern (author of Clash), Isla Whitcroft (Trapped) and Stephanie Burgis (A Most Improper Magick). Anthony McGowan needs no introduction but the other three are still fairly new additions to the YA writing market. I am a massive fan of Clash so it was a pleasure to meet Colin, it was the first time I had come across Isla and Stephanie’s works. I had the opportunity to chat to Isla before the talk started and have added Trapped to my TBR list – it is an adventure story about Cate Carlisle – School’s Out and sixteen-year-old Cate Carlisle lands a job on board a gorgeous yacht, moored in the south of France. She’s working for the glamorous supermodel, actress and pop star Nancy Kyle! But mysterious, terrifying events keep happening around her. Soon Cate’s resourcefulness is the only thing keeping her, and the smuggled animals she discovers, from a terrifying fate. .
A Most Improper Magick is a YA Regency period novel about sisters and a lick of fantasy Kat’s father may be a respectable vicar, but her late mother was a notorious witch, her brother has gambled the whole family into debt, and Kat herself is the newest target of an ancient and secretive magical Order. Anthony also has a new book out with Barrington Stoke – The Fall which is based around events from McGowan’s own school-days – Mog is one of nature’s worriers, a loser hanging out on the edges of school society with an array of misfits. When cool, tough Chris Rush drifts into the gang, Mog finds a hero and a best friend. When pond-scum Duffy is drawn into Chris’ protection, though, Mog’s jealousy starts a chain of events that will change them all forever.

The stories are a mix of grim, gritty and unremitting teen life as well as aspirational storytelling and a pinch of fantasy but each tale has a core of hope

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

I did find a book trailer for A Most Improper Magick:

Teen Librarian Monthly 5th Anniversary edition

Download the 5th Anniversary edition of TLm: here

Webcomic Wedneday

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they decide that YES! They want to read comics and webcomics in particular!
The trouble some people find is that the established online strips often have years of backstory to wade through before they can get up to date with what is happening in the strip now and discuss it with their friends.  If you are one of those people who has a thing called a ‘life’ and is not able to stay up all night to read comics but still want to experience the joy that wecomics bring then may I suggest a BRAND NEW webcomic!
I may?
Oh goody!  Here goes!  Introducing
by Sonia Leong – one of the few true manga megastars of the United Kingdom! 
So what is it about?
Simone has moved into a shared house for the first time, with a pal from her university days. The reality is far from the grown-up, yet girly lifestyle she was imagining, as her housemates turn out to be Fujoshi – the ultimate female otakus! This Yonkoma (4-panel) strip is published online every Tuesday and Friday from May 2011.
It launched yesterday so you can read the first strip now and get ready for the second page tomorrow!  How cool is that? (Very)

So you can click on the banner or follow this link: Fujo Fujo to start reading.