to Nov 23

November 22nd at the Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh

If you're in Edinburgh on Sunday 22nd November, come and hear me at 3pm at the Assembly Roxy where I'll be discussing the migration of stories and the legacy of Hans Christian Andersen with Daniel Hahn, author, translator and editor of the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. This event is once again supported by IBBY and is part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Booked! Programme.



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to Jul 31

Dindy and the Elephant

I'm thrilled to announce the publication of my new book, Dindy and the Elephant, which is being published on 4th June by Macmillan Children's Books. The story is set in India, at the time of Independence in 1947. Dindy and her little brother Pog have spent their whole lives living in comfort and luxury in a bungalow in the middle of the tea garden which their father manages. Outside the fence, the real India is an unknown place which they have never explored, but one day, they open the gate and step out...

The book comes with lovely drawings by Peter Bailey.


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to Jun 26

The CILIP Carnegie Medal

I am hugely honoured to be shortlisted once again for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The winner will be announced on 22nd June. It's a bit daunting when I look at the brilliant books and authors on the shortlist. No chance of winning, I fear, but it's just great to be on the list.

It's also wonderful to know how many people are shadowing this prestigious award. And not only in the UK but around the world! Thanks to Jonathan Guy and the pupils in the ABC International School Saigon for a great Skype session yesterday.

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to Jun 13

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Shortlist announced

The short list for the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced, and here it is:

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

The Lie by Helen Dunmore

Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre

In the Wolf's Mouth by Adam Foulds

Arctic Summer  by Damon Galgut

A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie

The Ten Thousand Things by John Spurling

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose on 13th June. Book tickets now!



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to Mar 23

Toronto Storytelling Festival

In March I'm heading to Toronto for the wonderful Story Telling Festival. Here are my events:

Sunday 22nd March 1pm Animal Fables and Tiger Tales Storytelling at the Aga Khan Museum with Rubena Sinha

Monday 23rd March Storytelling at the Ismaili Centre during the day

Monday 23rd March A Storytelling Journey to Ethiopia Ismaili Centre 7.30-9pm

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3:15 PM15:15

Elizabeth Laird - The Lure of The Honeybird

In 1967 Elizabeth travelled to Ethiopia where she met Emperor Haile Selassie, was arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, went to the fabled city of Lalibela and hitched a ride across the desert. Since then Elizabeth has become a hugely successful writer for children and young adults. But she hankered after Ethiopia and returned in the 1990s to collect folk tales. Interspersed with these remarkable stories is an account of a wonderful journey and The Lure of the Honeybird is – as ever - beautifully written.

Chaired by Eleanor Updale.

Tickets - £10

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