The Blue Book of Nebo on BBC Radio 4 ‘Book at Bedtime’

The Blue Book of Nebo on BBC Radio 4 ‘Book at Bedtime’

Stunning YA novel The Blue Book of Nebo has been this week’s read for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime slot.

Manon Steffan Ros’ multi-award-winning novel, set in North Wales, is read by Gwïon Morris Jones and Rhian Blythe.

With a reading each day this week, you can catch up on BBC Sounds here:

Read more about The Blue Book of Nebo here

Buy the Blue Book of Nebo from all good bookshops,, Gwales or

Find teacher resources here

The Blue Book of Nebo is also part of EmpathyLab’s Read for Empathy Guide Wales: Watch Manon Steffan Ros’ moving Read for Empathy video here

Major and Mynah selected for The Blue Peter Book Club

Major and Mynah selected for The Blue Peter Book Club

The news is finally out! Major and Mynah, written by Karen Owen and illustrated by Louise Foreshaw, has been selected for The Blue Peter Book Club.

Working with The Reading Agency, Blue Peter host a monthly book club segment on their show. Each month, they film at interesting and active locations thematically linked to that month’s book where Blue Peter presenters join readers for a book club discussion of that month’s title. Children who join in with the Book Club and send their reviews can earn a brand-new Blue Peter Book Badge designed by Sir Quentin Blake.

Major and Mynah will be featured on Blue Peter, (CBBC and iPlayer) CBBC HQ, BBC Social accounts, BBC websites including the BBC Education Bitesize platform and CBBC.
BBC Education will support the Blue Peter Book Club by creating 12 companion guides to sit within Bitesize Primary.

Find out more here:

Callie Major does not like wearing her new hearing aids AT ALL. But when she meets abandoned Mynah bird Bo, she realises that her ‘slugs’ mean she can communicate with him!

Together the unlikely duo set off to catch the thief who has been causing trouble all over town. Includes high-speed chases, a very peckish bird and purple POO!

And I Hear Dragons cover reveal

And I Hear Dragons cover reveal

Happy St. David’s Day! Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

To celebrate St Davidʼs Day, we’re revealing the cover of our brand new childrenʼs poetry anthology of ʻdragon-focusedʼ poems, conceived and edited by the National Poet of Wales, Hanan Issa, with a wonderful ‘dragonʼ cover from Eric Heyman. The anthology features some 29 poems by 26 poets from across Wales. Ac Rwy’n Clywed Dreigiau/ And I Hear Dragons will be published in English and bilingually in Welsh and English on May 30th.

A ground-breaking new anthology from diverse Welsh writers aimed at children aged between eight and twelve.

And I Hear Dragons explores the concept of identity, and Hanan has written a poem of the same name that ʻcelebrates the children of Wales as ferociously brave mythical beastsʼ, taking on discrimination, pollution and more, and upholding Walesʼ tradition of croesawgar (welcoming).

ISBN 9781915444578 | Paperback | RRP £7.99

Participating poets include Wales Childrenʼs Laureate Alex Wharton, Iestyn Tyne, Nia Morais, Grug Muse, Sophie Anderson, Mari Ellis Dunning, Emma Smith Barton, Jaffrin, Marvin Thompson and many more…

Firefly Press are Country Finalists for Small Press of the Year

Firefly Press are Country Finalists for Small Press of the Year

This week we received the exciting news that we are a Country Finalist for the prestigious Small Press of the Year Awards.

The British Book Awards 2024 Small Press of the Year, sponsored by CPI Books, celebrates the independent presses dedicated to imaginative, forward-looking and diverse publishing.

In total there are 55 small presses listed across nine different regions and countries, including 12 in London, seven in both Scotland and South-East England, six in North England, five in Wales, South-West England and the Midlands, and four in the Island of Ireland and East England. 

A huge thanks to our wonderful editors, designers, marketers, reps, authors, illustrators, translators, agents and more for making this possible. Roll on the Nibbies!

Digging for Victory longlisted for the 2024 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing

Digging for Victory longlisted for the 2024 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing

This week we received the exciting news that Digging for Victory, written by Cathy Faulkner has been longlisted for the prestigious Yoto Carnegie Medal for writing. Being included on both the Carnegie and Branford Boase shortlist is a testament to its outstanding writing.

The Yoto Carnegies are the UK’s longest running and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.


Digging for Victory

Set in Devon in 1941, Digging for Victory tells the story of twelve-year-old Bonnie Roberts who is desperate to play a valuable part in the war effort. For her, tending the family vegetable patch just doesn’t cut it; she wants to be a hero like her RAF pilot brother, Ralph.

But when the mysterious Mr Fisher is billeted at her farmhouse, and Ralph is reported missing in action, she starts to question what heroism actually involves. And as Bonnie attempts to find out who Mr Fisher really is, she embarks on a life-changing and emotional voyage of discovery.

“Adventure-filled with beautiful verse and a very satisfying ending. Perfect for middle grade readers.” Lucy Cuthew

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