A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
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Friday, 18 March 2016

The Chichester Lit Quiz of 2016

Here is a photo-report of the shenanigans we got up to at the Chichester Lit Quiz. If it looks ever so slightly familiar, it's because the same authors were featured as last February's Portsmouth Lit Quiz apart from a shocking attempt to ... well you've got to watch the slideshow to find out!

This Quiz Lit was the very last one for quizmaster of many years Peter Bone, who is soon retiring, apparently to watch birds. Have an exciting retirement, Peter, and I hope to see you at the Lit Quiz (if I'm ever invited again, that is, after all the high jinks with the other authors).

Thanks to the author team, Ali Sparkes, Jeff Norton (who bunked Chichester for Hollywood), Kathryn Evans and the enchanting Dark Lord, Jamie Thomson (who is never without his little coffin). Thank you too to the team behind the Portsmouth and Chichester Lit Quizzes ... and the teachers who trawled through my photographs to check permissions.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Happy World Book Day 2016

By Candy Gourlay

With happy readers at King Alfred School yesterday. 
And here's Darcey who dressed up
as Andi from my book Tall Story

I hope you booky people are planning an amazing day. 

For me World Book Day feels more like World Book MONTH because as an author, I get invited to all sorts of events surrounding the day. 

No wonder my friend George's son got a little bit confused!

For authors, WBD is a busy, busy time. Some of my author pals started visiting schools at the beginning of the week!

I wish we had World Book Day when I was a kid. It seems such fun! My social media feeds are awash with reports of reading quizzes and book talks and costume advice.

In fact there's always a bit of controversy and panic about what to wear on the day!

Personally, I hate dressing up, but it's what I look forward to when I visit schools every year. As long as it isn't me who's doing the dressing up. Last year, when I visited King Alfred School, the librarian Cathy Brown, dressed up as The Brave Beast (by Chris Judge) - 

This year, she's dressing up as Mister Munro from Ottoline by Chris Riddell, for which she had to buy a lot of fake hair from a wig shop. She's promised to send me a picture. I can't wait!

UPDATE!!!! Here is Cathy's Mister Munro ... with Ottoline.

Ottoline and Mister Munro from the book by Chris Riddell

Wherever you are in the world, happy book day! And don't forget to make time to find a quiet corner, turn everything off, and have a nice little read.

***The other day I made a slideshare photo-story about the Portsmouth Lit Quiz, in which the author team struggled to answer questions about their own books. Well. Not the whole team. Well. Okay. I struggled to answer questions about my books. Despite that, it was a fun event ... Do check it out.