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Islands and Ideas

For World Book Day, Eloise Williams tells us about what inspired her to write her story Elen's Island.  The beautiful photographs and painting are by Eloise's husband Guy Manning.

Islands and Ideas

UKYAX - The Lowdown

UKYA Extravaganza –

Maria's Advice for our Art Competition

We hope you are working on your entries for our White Petals competition.  Details here.  

Which Knight of the Round Table Are You?


Which Knight of the Round Table Are You?


Calling all young artists!

White Petals illustration competition


We are looking for original artwork from artists aged 11-18 living in the UK to appear as chapter headings in the young adult novel White Petals by Maria Grace. White Petals is an unforgettable story about friendship and family set in and around a valley’s care home and school, and will be published in June 2015.

The Book:


Illustrator Peter Stevenson, who has illustrated Arthur and Me tells us about his version of Merlin:

Arthur and Me by Sarah Todd Taylor is the story of Tomos, who wakes up the sleeping King Arthur and his knights. They tell Tomos the real stories about Camelot, including stories of Merlin, where nothing is the same as his teachers described it...

Heroes, Castles and Chickens

On publication day of Arthur and Me, Sarah Todd Taylor writes a blog post for us on what inspired her first book - the hilarious winner of the Firefly Children's Book Prize 2014.

Kat Ellis at YALC

Hello, Firefly readers!

I’m taking over the Firefly Press site today to talk about something exciting – namely YALC! Yes, that’s right - the first ever literary convention in the UK to focus on young adult literature, and I’ll be there on 12th & 13th July.

Hay Fever

There’s so much happening at Hay this week.  Here’s the children’s and YA programme.