All posts by Jeanne Rae

The Village People

Rob Gee spent several weeks wandering around Moira and Donnington, Leicestershire, accosting unsuspecting residents in order to gather impressions, memories and anecdotes about the place they call home. He spent time with community groups and visited local places of interest as well as simply hanging around the village. People’s comments were recorded and, from a cross section of these responses, Rob created a selection of poetry and prose. Photographer Linda Young, inspired by Rob’s text and her own conversations with locals, took pictures. The books, My Daughter is a Donnington Goth and Pig on the Wall will soon be available from Mantle Lane Press

Geoff at the Ashby Canal Trust:
The Perils of Success
“Well I reckon that if the furnace at Moira had been any kind of success, we’d have some very significant problems now. Think about it: As a furnace, i.e. one the thing it was supposed to be, Moira Furnace was a massive failure, basically because it’s the wrong kind of coal round Read more here

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Debbie Moon on how she got the idea for Wolfblood

Writer Debbie Moon will be talking about ‘Wolfblood’ and writing for television at this year’s Wolves & Apples event, on 3 October. Debbie began her career as a director and first became interested in writing while adapting works for the stage. Her original series for CBBC, ‘Wolfblood’, won the RTS Children’s Drama Award 2012 and the second series was nominated for a total of 6 Children’s BAFTAs, an RTS award and a Televisual Bulldog award. Previous children’s credits include two episodes of ‘The Sparticle Mystery’ for CBBC. Her first novel, ‘Falling’, was long-listed for Welsh Book Of The Year, and she’s currently writing a children’s novel. She has also written a radio play, comics, and short stories. Book here Wolves & Apples

‘Wolfblood’ was inspired by a shelf of second-hand books. Which just goes to prove that writers can get inspiration from pretty much anything. I was standing in a charity shop, browsing the books, when my brain somehow read half of one title and half of the one next to it, producing a new title – Wolfblood. “Interesting,” I thought. “What’s a Wolfblood?” And thirty seconds later, I was dashing out of the shop to buy a notebook and pen and start scribbling…

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Debbie Moon on ‘Wolfblood’ and writing for television

Writer Debbie Moon will be talking about ‘Wolfblood’ and writing for television at this year’s Wolves & Apples event, on 3 October. Debbie began her career as a director and first became interested in writing while adapting works for the stage. Her original series for CBBC, ‘Wolfblood’, won the RTS Children’s Drama Award 2012 and the second series was nominated for a total of 6 Children’s BAFTAs, an RTS award and a Televisual Bulldog award. Previous children’s credits include two episodes of ‘The Sparticle Mystery’ for CBBC. Her first novel, ‘Falling’, was long-listed for Welsh Book Of The Year, and she’s currently writing a children’s novel. She has also written a radio play, comics, and short stories. Book here Wolves & Apples

‘Wolfblood’ was inspired by a shelf of second-hand books. Which just goes to prove that writers can get inspiration from pretty much anything. I was standing in a charity shop, browsing the books, when my brain somehow read half of one title and half of the one next to it, producing a new title – Wolfblood. “Interesting,” I thought. “What’s a Wolfblood?” And thirty seconds later, I was dashing out of the shop to buy a notebook and pen and start scribbling…

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Booking soon

Wolves and Apples, our annual conference on writing for children and young people, takes place in Leicester on October 3, 2015.  Keep an eye out here for more information on the programme.

Meanwhile, here’s a clue about one of our speakers…This author used to hide in the toilets at school discos. “The best thing about getting older is not feeling compelled to dance in public.”

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