Our Young Scribblers were thrilled to have the fantastic Kelly McCaughrain visit us recently. Kelly charmed everyone with an exclusive extract from her soon to be published book, ‘Flying Tips for Flightless Birds’. The book is set in a travelling circus, and has a cast of wonderful characters like Finch and Hector. Kelly talked to us about her creative process and inspired our young writers to write about stories they feel passionate about.
We can’t wait to get our hands on the actual book, when Walkers publish it in March.
Congratulations Kelly and please come for another visit soon!
I’ve always wanted to go on tour – to stay on the tour bus, arrive at a different venue every night, to hear the screaming fans, see the hot rockstars.
Sometimes, what you wish for is slightly different, from what you get. My ‘on tour’ dream came true in the form of a blog tour, and I didn’t even need to stay on the sweaty tour bus with the rockstars. Drat!
My blog tour consisted of some wonderful book bloggers reading ‘Little Bird,’ and delving behind the pages to discover a bit more about me.
The reviews were fantastic. My editor, Emma Mitchell, was even reduced to tears on one occasion.
I want to thank all of the bloggers who helped to promote my book. Your support is so important to me.
Check out my favourite post – thank you Stacey Armand!
Thanks Jessica for the great review. x
Hello everyone! I’m excited to be a stop today on the LITTLE BIRD blog tour!
Big thanks to Bloodhound Books and author, Sharon Dempsey, for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.
Some secrets are best kept quiet.
Declan Wells, a forensic psychologist, has a lot on his plate. He has been struggling with the aftermath of a car bomb, which has left him in a wheelchair, his wife has been dutiful but Declan is certain she is having an affair, and his eldest daughter Lara’s new property developer husband, has dubious business practices.
Meanwhile, Anna Cole is running away from her mother’s death and a stale relationship. On secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland from Wales, Anna hopes that she can throw herself into work to distract herself from her guilt.
Then the murders begin and the killer leaves behind some very…
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The launch night was amazing. I finally stopped stressing and enjoyed the moment. Whoever organised rent a crowd did a brilliant job. Seriously, I can’t believe so many people came out to support me and my little book. We were packed to full capacity and the books sold out in ten minutes.
The Crescent Arts Centre hosted the evening. We had beautiful atmospheric lighting, candle lit tables, with a scattering of darkest green and black feathers (thank you Gareth and Nathan for technical support). My talented uncle Alfie, and my cousin's fiancee Stevie, provided the musical entertainment. I told them both weeks ago I needed them here to help me not feel so lonely up on the stage- I was always meant to be in band never a solo artist. I got to say 'I’m with the band'. Yay! But I resisted saying hello Wembley. Seriously, they helped create an atmosphere for the launch with the set list being based on bands or songs that were referenced in the Little Bird. Songs included It's all over Now Baby Blue by Dylan, Moondance by Van Morrison, Needle and the Damage Done by Neil Young, among others.
Damian Smyth from the Arts Council gave a wonderful speech – I was overwhelmed by all the wonderful things he said about my writing. Then I took to the stage said a little bit about the book, and thanked everyone who has helped me along the way before reading an extract. I was so nervous, but sure, they were a supportive crowd, so who cares?
It’s been a mad week. I found out I had made it on to the Guardian’s Not the Booker long long list. I haven’t a hope in hell of making it to the next stage but sure it’s great to be on a list, any list will do, as long as it’s not a hit list.
Thank you to all who came to the launch and bought my book. The reviews have been fantastic which is thrilling and such a relief.
Enjoy the photographs taken on the night by the talented Oliver Corr.
Loving this blog post. Little Bird takes flight today.