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Amazing Authors in August!

Summer is finally here! In three words, tell us how are you spending your summer this year?!

Slurping, Splashing. Burning.


Childhood memories - what was summertime in your childhood like?

A giant pizza base of boredom, peppered with fights, rope swings & ice cream vans


Where would you most like to Get Caught Reading this summer & why?

At my allotment. The horsetail weeds – they’ve have been around for 60 million years – have got me beat.


You create amazing characters in your books! Which one would you choose to spend summer with & why?

The hypnotist from Zombie XI, Dr Nynonis Yors.  I think I’d enjoy his public shows, dodging in and out of towns.


Reading is the ultimate escape! Which book ‘world’ would you escape to for summer & why?

For sheer hot summer funk, Chester Himes’ Blind Man With A Pistol.  Else The Hunger Games- my back-to-nature skills should help me survive!


Summer survival - name the three most essential things you take on holiday?

Map of free wi fi connections, map of the stars & tooth-picks


Summertime selfie – who would you have a selfie with this summer & why? (Fictional, historical or alive today)

Bessie Coleman – the amazing aviator. Then she’d take me for a spin in her plane.


Summertime travel – train, plane, automobile or other?

Solar-powered bike.


Inside or outside - best place to be creative in the summer?

Inside a barrel, going over the Niagara Falls. The experience will either produce the book or kill me.


Stuck on permanent summer vacation? What three books would you choose to have with you?

Junk by Melvin Burgess – a classic. You’re Not Proper by Tariq Mehmood, a one-of-a-kind novel, and A Girl is A Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBridae, simply astonishing.  



Thank you for participating - have a great summer!

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We wanted to find out what some of our amazing authors get up to in the summer months! Are they furiously writing their next masterpiece, surfing the seven seas, trekking through the Himalayas or curled up in the sun with a good book? Read on to find out more...



Pete Kalu


'Pete Kalu is a storyteller and author. In addition to his books for young adults, he has published novels for adults and has won prizes for both his theatre plays and his poetry, including the BBC’s Dangerous Comedy Award 2003. He is a PhD Creative Writing student at Lancaster University. He lives in Manchester.'


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