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Empowering Teens in YA panel event

Empowering Teens in YA: Lucy Powrie, Kate Mallinder, Alexandra Sheppard and Gill Stewart

Foyles Charing Cross, London
Thursday 25 July, 6.30-9pm
Meet some of the most exciting voices in young adult literature during a special panel discussion with authors Lucy Powrie (The Paper & Hearts Society), Alexandra Sheppard (Oh My Gods!), Firefly author Kate Mallinder (Summer of No Regrets), and Gill Stewart (Lily’s Just Fine) on the eve of YALC.
Sitting down with award-winning book blogger Michelle Toy, the panel will explore the topic of 'Empowering Teens in YA', focusing on characterisation, storytelling and representation as means of encouraging young people's creative expression through reading.

Firefly Authors at YALC

We are delighted to announce that two Firefly authors will be appearing at YALC this year, part of the London Film and Comic Con 26 - 28 July 2019.  Kate Mallinder (Summer of No Regrets) and Anna Mainwaring (Tulip Taylor) will be on the Friday panel, with Sabina Khan, Clare Rees and Dan Freedman.  We can't wait!  More information and tickets HERE

Flight takes off

We are over the moon that WW2 adventure MG novel Flight by Vanessa Harbour and edited by Janet Thomas has been longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2019 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2019.

The Branford Boase Award was set up to reward the most promising new children's writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time children's novelist. The short list will be published on the 1st of May, 2019. The winner will be announced on 3rd July at a ceremony in London. 

If Jakob sneezed, he could die.

Austria 1945. After losing his family, Jakob shelters with Herr Engel in a rural stable, where they hide the precious Lipizzanner stallions they know Hitler wants to steal. When a German officer comes looking for Jakob and finds the horses, Jakob and his guardian know they must get the stallions to safety, but the only way is straight through Nazi territory.
Joined by Kizzy, an orphan Roma girl, the three must guide the horses across the perilous Austrian mountains. Will they reach safety? What will be waiting for them on the other side?
Praise for Flight:
New Statesman's Best Children’s Books of Summer 2018
South Wales Evening Post Children's Book of the Week
‘You know from the first page that you are in the hands of a great storyteller’ James Nicol
‘A powerful, page-turning, unforgettable adventure... I loved it!’ Cathy Cassidy
‘the perfect ingredients of horses, an exciting and engaging plot, believable characters and that little sprinkle of magic writing which I know will make it a huge success.’ Lucy Coats
‘This is enchanting storytelling with character at the heart, in a historic setting, with timeless values, and very much reminiscent of the classic assuredness of Morpurgo.’ Vashti Hardy
‘An exciting addition to the war story canon.’ Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
'I absolutely love this book! It's a stunningly good adventure story with all the big heart, sharp style and fast pace of a classic children's novel.' Amanda Craig


Firefly Set to Soar

We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with entrepreneur Robin Bennett of Quarto Translations in an investment deal which will boost our award-winning list of children’s and young adult titles. 

Robin Bennett has founded more than a dozen successful businesses including publishers’ translation specialists, Quarto Translations, and has now come on board with Firefly as Commercial Director.

“I think Firefly has huge potential and we’ll be looking to build step by step on its core business of producing excellent MG and YA fiction that children want to read,” he said. “We will also be looking at future opportunities including translated books and foreign rights sales.”
Publisher Penny Thomas said:  “We are delighted to welcome Quarto Translations on board, and to have Robin Bennett working with us; I know we will benefit hugely from his experience and enthusiasm. 
“Firefly has come a long way in six years, with the invaluable support of the Welsh Books Council, our wonderful authors, directors, staff and freelance team and many others. We will now be able to underpin this success and take it to the next level in what is a challenging, but hugely exciting and rewarding business. 
“We have a strong backlist and an incredible line-up of books and authors going forward, including forthcoming titles from Shoo Rayner, Jennifer Killick, Catherine O’Flynn, Horatio Claire, Catherine Fisher, Jon Blake and Eloise Williams, and so a great deal to look forward to.”
Firefly Press and Quarto Translations can be found on Stand 1D49 in the Children’s Hall at the London Book Fair, March 12th – 14th. 
Firefly will also be represented on the Wales stand 5C129 at LBF; and part of a Wales presence at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, April 1st – 4th with the support of the British Council Wales. You can find us on the Publisher’s Association Collective Stand 25 B 84. Come and see us!
We are represented by Bounce Sales & Marketing, and by Margot Edwards Rights Consultancy for rights enquiries. 
We also have a new HQ at D.20, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff CF23 6XD.