News archive for February 2017

Mimi Thebo's novel Dreaming the Bear has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize! See the shortlist here: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/press.php?release=pres_2017_nominations_carnegie.html

If you would like a sneek preview of the first chapter, download here: http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/oxed/children/Dreaming_the_Bear_Extract.pdf?region=uk

Mimi's eighth YA novel, COYOTE SUMMER, will also be published on June 1st 2017.

The week of Monday 13th - Friday 17th February 2017 sees the third outing of Stef Penney's radio series entitled Modesty Blaise: The Silver Mistress, which will be aired on Radio 4 in the 15 minute drama slot. That's at 10.45am, repeated at 7.45pm every day. There will be an omnibus on the following Sunday, and, of course, it’ll be on iPlayer for a week after. The story is an adaptation of The Silver Mistress by Peter O’Donnell - one of Stef's favourite Modesty novels. 

Here us a summary of the show:

Beautiful, intelligent and the catsuit wearing queen of hand-to-hand combat, Modesty Blaise was once the head of an international crime operation. Now, having given up her nefarious ways, Modesty and her faithful side-kick, Willie Garvin, offer their services for more respectable causes.

In this new adventure, adapted from Peter O'Donnell's novel by Stef Penney, Modesty invites Sir Gerald Tarrant of British Intelligence to join her for a holiday at the Gorges du Tarn in the South of France. But, after stopping on the cliff road to help two nuns who have broken down, Sir Gerald's car is found smashed to pieces at the bottom of the ravine.

With gorgeous music by Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner and performed by the National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster.

Sound by David Thomas.
Directed by Kate McAll

Find out more and listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dn2gl

SPACE KNIGHTS AND ICE DRAGONS by Sheryl Webster (and illustrated by Richard Watson) was published on February 9th, by Egmont as part of their Reading Ladder series. The book is simply out of this world!

Buy your copy here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Knights-Dragons-Reading-Ladder/dp/1405278...

I LOVE YOU MUM, I PROMISE I WON’T DIE were the last words of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs to his mother before he went out one night. She never saw him alive again.

Mark Wheeller’s verbatim play is published on February 9th by Methuen. The play is a critical warning about taking ecstasy, and has its London premiere and book launch with VIP reception at Southwark Cathedral February 9th, three years after Daniel’s death.

Grab your copy of the book here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/i-love-you-mum-i-promise-i-wont-die-9781350011298/ 

More info about the DSM Foundation: www.dsmfoundation.org.uk