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.

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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

The Sleeping Stones and Digging for Victory longlisted for The Branford Boase Awards 2024

The Sleeping Stones and Digging for Victory longlisted for The Branford Boase Awards 2024

The Sleeping Stones, written by Beatrice Wallbank and edited by Janet Thomas and Rebecca F. John, and Digging for Victory, written by Cathy Faulkner and edited by Leonie Lock have both been longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2024.

The Branford Boase Award is awarded annually for an outstanding first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young people. At the same time, it marks the important contribution of the editor in identifying and nurturing new talent.

The Sleeping Stones

Gruff and his new friend Matylda live on a small island off the Welsh coast, where legends are beginning to stir. Islanders find themselves irresistibly drawn to the Sleeping Stones, a line of rocks like stepping stones out to sea, and Gruff and Mat soon realise they must risk everything to save each other and their community from a terrifying storm driven by an ancient, magic anger.

“A gripping and magical tale of friendship and belonging, deeply rooted in the landscape and myths of a tiny Welsh island. Stones that call to the unwary, ferocious seas, ancient half-forgotten tales – this has all the ingredients of my favourite kind of story.” Tamsin Mori


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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

Firefly swoops in for Flame Chasers Julie Pike’s soaring middle-grade novel

Firefly swoops in for Flame Chasers Julie Pike’s soaring middle-grade novel

Penny Thomas, Publisher at award-winning children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press, has acquired world rights in Flame Chasers a swashbuckling magical adventure for 8-12 year olds by Julie Pike, from Jo Williamson at Antony Harwood Literary Agency.

All Ember wants is to fly with the golden flamebirds who stop every year at her hometown of Bright Beacon before heading west across the seas to their mysterious home. Their fiery arrival is also the signal for the waiting Flame Chasers in the harbour below to get ready to follow the birds, whose glowing tail feathers grant the finder a wish. But when Pa tells Ember he is chasing without her, she is devastated. Can she find a ship and captain to help her find her father, and the flamebirds’ secret home?

Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said: ‘Flame Chasers is a superb, magical, middle-grade title, swirling with rich colours, wish-magic, mysterious golden flamebirds and daring deeds on the high seas. It’s a thrilling, character-led adventure that doesn’t leave out hot chocolate and heart-warming moments. With a terrific cover from David Dean, we can’t wait to publish this thrilling title from Julie Pike.’

Julie Pike said: ‘Diolch yn fawr, Firefly, for warmly welcoming me to your aviary of talented authors and their wonderful stories. Flame Chasers was inspired by my own real-life adventures and treasured stories from my childhood. I hope it flies high in the hearts of every young reader who yearns for adventure.’

Jo Williamson said: ‘From the outset, I was bowled over by Penny’s enthusiasm and vision for Flame Chasers, and it was obvious to me that Firefly would provide the perfect home for Julie’s writing.’

The book is slated for publication in June 2024.


Firefly scoops Claire Fayers’ enchantingly modern tales from myth and legend: Welsh Giants, Ghosts and Goblins

Firefly scoops Claire Fayers’ enchantingly modern tales from myth and legend: Welsh Giants, Ghosts and Goblins

Penny Thomas, Publisher at award-winning children’s and YA publisher Firefly Press, has acquired World rights to Welsh Giants, Ghosts and Goblins a thoroughly modern collection of myths and legends for 8-12 year olds by Claire Fayers, from Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency UK.

These are a mix of giant, ghost and goblin stories from all parts of Wales, collected, retold and reimagined by Claire Fayers, with the character of Idris the giant weaving through the book as he collects stories on his adventure. Some stories now have modern settings, some mythological creatures have been used in new tales by Claire but there are also representations of classic folk tales as seen through her own, idiosyncratic lens.

On Welsh Giants, Ghosts and Goblins, Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said: Claire has a talent for bringing to life the old tales, set in places we can still all visit today. Funny, scary and magical, this is a terrific new collection we are hugely looking forward to publishing next summer.

Claire Fayers said: ‘I’m delighted to be working with the talented Firefly team again on this new folktale inspired collection. I’ve had great fun hunting down and adapting these stories and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.’

The book is slated for publication in August 2024.


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