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6 December - Elen's Island by Eloise Williams

6th of December - one of our best-loved titles is Elen's Island by Eloise Williams, illustrated by Gabby Grant. You can see the great endorsements we've had and read an extract by clicking HERE

Elen is FURIOUS when she has to go and stay with her grandmother, who she hardly knows, for the summer. Her grandmother doesn't seem happy to see her either, and nor does the strange boy on the beach. Elen finds something she is sure is a clue to hidden treasure. But as the isolated island starts to work its magic, the treasure she finds may be quite diffferent to the one she thinks she is looking for...

Eloise has also written us a beautiful blog of her memories of Christmas - Customs and Kindness.

And we're delighted to announce that Eloise will be joining us this Saturday at our workshop on children's books at Rhosygilwen. All details HERE.  Eloise, with fellow Firefly author Laura Sheldon (more about her tomorrow!) will be answering questions on the process of getting an agent and getting published, and on the importance of live events.  Eloise, who is also an actress is particularly brilliant at live events. It will be a great afternoon - and a perfect surprise Christmas present for yourself or or someone you know keen to find out more about children's writing.

Golden Egg Academy/Firefly taster afternoon

Saturday December 10th, west Wales

Come and join us for a very special three hours focused on writing for children. Whether you are an experienced children’s writer, working on your first children’s story or still deciding whether writing for children is the area for you, this afternoon workshop will give you a chance to develop your ideas and understand the demands of this very popular area of publishing.

The taster afternoon, priced at £50, will include a workshop on plot and character with award-winning editor and Golden Egg Academy director, Imogen Cooper (formerly of Chicken House), as well as a workshop with Firefly editor Janet Thomas on creating a unique world for your story that your readers will never want to leave, plus a Q and A with Firefly publisher and award-winning editor Penny Thomas, and Firefly authors Laura Sheldon and Eloise Williams discussing getting published and building your connection to your readers through promotion and live events.

We aim to help you develop your story whatever age group you are writing for, and whether you are writing contemporary, historical or fantasy, so do come along on the 10th to the wonderful Rhosygilwen Mansion near Cardigan for a marvellous afternoon of children’s writing!

https://www.goldeneggacademy.co.uk/shop/rhosygilwen-writing-retreat-day-ticket/

 

Here is Penny Thomas winning the Editor's prize at the Branford Boase with Horatio Clare who won for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot.

The Literacy Trust Big Give Appeal

The deadline for the Literacy Trust Big Give appeal has been extended to 12 noon today, so there is still time to give money to this important cause and see your money matched.  Please give disadvantaged children the gift of reading this Christmas.  More details here: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/support/the-big-give-2016

As you'll see on that link, several Firefly authors have supported the campaign, including today's advent calendar author, Eloise Williams. Eloise said: "I am so thrilled to support the National Literacy Trust campaign. Now, more than ever, it is so important to educate our young people. Reading gives them knowledge, empathy, confidence and the freedom to make choices. I work with lots of children throughout Wales promoting the importance of reading for fun and the happiness it brings me to see them enjoying a good book is magical. The thought of young people in Swansea being encouraged to read through the work of this campaign is the best Christmas gift I could possibly hope for."

Here is Eloise at a recent Literacy Trust event:

 

 

5 December - The Territory: Escape by Sarah Govett

5 December - We're delighted to announce today that The Territory: Escape has just been selected by Booktrust as one of their 'Books We Like' for December http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/teenagers/books-we-like/ and here is their wonderful review of the book HERE.  Congratulations Sarah! Here is Sarah reading at the launch: 

The Territory and The Territory: Escape are wonderful thrillers with powerful characters.  Here are just a few reviews:

‘A little bit political, a little bit thought-provoking and a little bit of a moral dilemma. Lots of tricky questions to answer, and it forces you to think about how you might make some difficult decisions under pressure - and if there ever even is a right answer!’ Jo Morrell, The Pool

‘The second installment in Sarah Govett’s trilogy set in a future Territory is as great as the first… exciting and inspiring’ The Bookwitch https://bookwitch.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/the-territory-escape/
 

‘One of the best books of all time!’ Proudfangirl

And to everyone in Cardiff, there is a special offer of buy one get one half price on all Firefly Press books at the Carnival Bookshop on Duke Street. The perfect chance to read both books in the Territory series!

4 December - Dragon White by Shoo Rayner

4th December and today's book is Dragon White by Shoo Rayner, the sequel to Dragon Gold. Email us at fireflypress@yahoo.co.uk before 9am on Monday 5th December, and title your email 'Shoo Rayner giveaway', and the lucky winner, picked at random, will win a copy of Dragon Gold and Dragon White and your own Tân the dragon!  

In Dragon White, Ryan's did is determined to get his own dragon. He must beat win. Can Harri protect Tan? Can their small town cope with two real, fire-breathing, fighting dragons?

And don't miss Shoo's youtube playlist of ideas for Christmas drawing: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9B189ADCE137A4FC and his guide on his website for drawing and making your own nativity scene: http://www.shoorayner.com/tag/nativity/

And we are delighted to announce that the third in the series, Dragon Red, will be publishing in Spring 2017!