Regrettably, this event has now been cancelled. Apologies if you have bought a ticket. Please contact the venue regarding refunds. I’ll be in Newcastle on 25th November, taking part in Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival. Come along to the City Library, Bewick Hall at 1:00pm to hear me talk about The Trees. Hope to see you there. For more information, visit the festival website. Books on Tyne The partnership between Newcastle Libraries and The Lit & Phil continues with the sixth year of Books on Tyne: The Newcastle Book Festival. Both venues are offering a remarkable variety of … Read More
I’ll be appearing at Niddfest, a really exciting new literary festival that focuses on all things natural, on the 6th August. Come along to St Chad’s Middlesmoor at 4.30-5.30pm, where I’ll read from and talk about The Trees. Hope to see you there. More info here. Set in the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NiddFest is a unique, new, family friendly festival, offering a weekend of talks and outside events for nature lovers of all ages. Come and be inspired by hearing some of the UK’s leading writers talking about all things wild and wonderful. … Read More
If you’re in or around the city of York on the 20th June, drop in to York Explore at 6.30pm to hear me talk about The Trees. I’ll be giving a reading and then chatting a bit about how I came to write the book, what I think it’s about, and what my influences are. You can book tickets and find out all of the details here. Hope to see you there.
I’ve uploaded a lot of drawings I made while writing The Trees. They’re all of whisperers, and can be seen via the Drawings link in the site menu. For a time I was sketching one of these every morning on a writing day, before beginning any work on the novel itself. My daughter had only just been born and life was chaotic (it still is). These helped me gather my thoughts together, pencil to paper before pen.
I’ve kept trying to find time, in the fortnight since The Trees was published, to post some of the drawings I made while I was writing it. Time for a fight with my scanner, and a clean-up in Photoshop. I haven’t quite finished yet, but thought I’d post the four whisperers whose pictures appear in the book itself. The others will come a-creeping soon, I promise. These were just done with pencils and graphite sticks in a tiny, square-shaped sketchbook. For a while I drew one whisperer in there every day, as a kind of exercise to help focus on the novel.
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