17th AUGUST 2011
Elen Caldecott will be celebrating the launch of her new book Operation Eiffel Tower with an event at the Edinburgh Book Festival. When the Dempsey children find that their dad plans on leaving they’ll stop at nothing to keep him home. Described as ‘perfect for Jacquline Wilson fans’ (the Bookseller), this is a book that will touch the hearts of girls and boys aged 9-12. For more information, take a look at the Edinburgh Book Festival website.

9th & 10th JULY 2011
An Awfully Big Blog Adventure will be celebrating its third birthday with an online Literary Festival focusing on children’s literature. The event will feature some of our own Dragons. The full timetable can be found on the ABBA Festival page.

8th JULY 2011
11am – 5pm, Open Mic, 6 – 8pm £35

The Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DG.

A day of unique poetry workshops exploring the natural world and the impact of
climate change.
Award winning poets, Chris Kinsey and Emily Hinshelwood, will support you to
create new writing in response to this very hot topic! You can share your words
with others at our friendly Open Mic event.
Chris Kinsey & Emily Hinshelwood will be reading a selection of their published
poetry during the Open Mic. £5 on the door. Please book a place.

£35 for the day, including Open Mic

Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing/footwear.

For more information and to book a place please contact Arts Alive

16th MAY 2011
The Tir na nOg award has been won by writer-illustrator Rob Lewis with his book Three Little Sheep. Rob is also one of our Dragons. Congratulations to him on a very well deserved win!

17th MARCH 2011
One of our Dragons is celebrating good news today with the publication of  the March edition of ‘Books For Keeps’. This influential magazine about children’s literature has selected Elen Caldecott as one of their 12 Rising Talents. Congratulations!

5th MARCH 2011
A Child’s Book of Poems All Through the Year will be launched at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea 5th from 2- 4pm. Two of our dragons, Phil Carradice and Frances Thomas, will be attending. Do join them if you can! For directions and more info, take a took at the Dylan Thomas Centre website.

26th JANUARY 2011
We’ve had lots of exciting news for our Dragons! Debut novelist Stephanie Burgis has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. This is an award that honour editors as well as authors and acknowledges this unique relationship in publishing. We wish A Most Improper Magick all our best wishes for the shortlist (and, of course, the final prize!)
David Thorpe has also been busy. We are delighted to hear that his novel Hybrids has been optioned for a TV series by Boulder TV. The story is sinister, fast-paced and edgy – it’s going to make great telly! I, for one, am looking forward to the special effets.
Finally, Elen Caldecott is currently on two prize shortlists. How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant is up for the Coventry Book Awards. This is a Big Brother-style elimination, so every vote counts. How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini is shortlisted for the Leeds Books Award. It’s getting to feel like Oscars season in this Dragon’s Lair!

27th OCTOBER 2010
Just out; A Child’s Book of Poems All Through the Year published by Pont books and illustrated by Fran Evans. With contributions from Dragontongue members  Phil Carradice, Francesca Kay and Frances Thomas; and also Gillian Clarke, Catherine Fisher, and Chris Kinsey.

10th SEPTEMBER 2010
Join three of our authors on 10th September from 6pm at the CARAD Centre in Rhayader, Powys for an evening celebrating children’s literature. Val Tyler, David Thorpe and Elen Caldecott will all be reading from their work and sharing ideas with the audience. For tickets are more information call 01597 810 192 or visit the CARAD website We hope to meet you there!


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