Mal Peet dies

Carnegie Award winning author Mal Peet has died after being diagnosed with cancer last Christmas.
Mal was an original and brilliant writer, author of books such as the Carnegie-winning Tamar, the landmark Keeper and his latest, much-admired novel, The Murdstone Trilogy. In addition to the Carnegie Medal, Mal won the Guardian and Branford Bose Awards.
I only met Mal once, when we had dinner together the day before speaking at the Fly Festival in Norwich. He was a funny and convivial conversationalist and great company.
He will be sadly missed.

Recognition for Dawn of the Unread

Dawn of the Unread, the graphic novel exploring Nottingham’s literary histor has just been shortlisted for the Guardian education ‘teaching excellence’ awards.

Dawn of the Unread was the brain child of James Walker, putting together comics, zombies and libraries in peril in a unique and exciting combination.

Authors and illustrators combined to produce a unique blend of protest, text and graphic imagery, focussing on the rich literary history of Nottingham. Each pair of authors and artists combined to produce a chapter of the online graphic novel.

The results can be seen here:


My own contribution was to combine with Steve Lander to bring children’s author Geoffrey Trease and the characters of his iconic Robin Hood novel to life.

At a time when new and creative approaches to literature and local history are often shunned by the mainstream media, Dawn of the Unread deserves the widest recognition.

Fighting for libraries in Coventry

I am speaking at a meeting tonight in Coventry alongside fellow author Cathy Cassidy, opposing potential library closures in the city. The closures are on hold, but the issue is live.

The meeting is at the Methodist Hall in Warwick Lane, Coventry CV1 2HA.
I discussed the issue this morning on local radio.

BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire

Shane O’Connor’s Breakfast Show

Debating Dr Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute

One hour fifty minutes in.