There’s been a LOT happening over the last few weeks. No sooner did The Midnight Peacock (the fourth and final book in the Sinclair’s Mysteries series) hit bookshop shelves, than Winter Magic was out in a gorgeous new paperback edition, new suffragette-inspired anthology Make More Noise was announced … and then it was time to head to Aarhus, Denmark, for the first ever Hay Festival Aarhus.
To celebrate the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, Hay Festival organised an International Children’s Literature Hay Festival, held at the city’s DOKK1 Library. I was so delighted to be there as one of the Aarhus 39 – a selection of the best children’s and YA writers from all over Europe, aged 40 and under – see photo above. We’d been asked to contribute original stories to two special anthologies edited by Daniel Hahn, and were also invited to take part in the festival itself alongside amazing authors and illustrators like Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell, Oliver Jeffers and Eoin Colfer.
The Quest anthology in its Danish edition
The amazing DOKK1 Library, Aarhus
Inside the library, transformed for the Hay Aarhus Festival
Aarhus is a wonderful city, and I had a fantastic few days exploring, getting to know the rest of the Aarhus 39, and admiring the amazing DOKK1 Library. Highlights included taking part in a panel event alongside fellow Aarhus 39 authors Maria Turtschaninoff and Ævar Þór Benediktsson, and seeing my story illustrated live by Søren Jessen. Here’s a little video of me talking at the festival:
It was a real privilege to be part of such an incredible celebration of writing for children and young people – here’s a blog post I wrote for the Hay Festival international writers blog about exactly why it was so special. Thanks so much to all at Hay Festival for a brilliant time!
Find out more about Quest: Stories of Journeys From Around Europe from the Aarhus 39
Illustration of my story ‘Between the Trees’ by Søren Jessen
Beautiful views from outside the library – which even has its own boat!
With my lovely friend and fellow Aarhus 39 author Katherine Rundell
Thank you Hay Festival and Aarhus 2017 for a wonderful time!