On the 7th of December, I was invited by my Romanian publisher, Curtea Veche to take part in a very special LIVE author interview. Run by Carturesti named the most beautiful bookstore in the world. I, alongside many other authors, were interviewed by child readers.
I had the most wonderful time as my interviewer had really studied – The Heavy Bag in its Romanian translation – Ghiodanul Cel Greu and although everything was completely LIVE, we managed to spend an hour in deep conversation about how I came to write The Heavy Bag.
Such a wonderful event that lasts for a week. However, unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions in place at that time, I was unable to attend … BUT 2022 is a new year and I’m feeling positive to attend this amazing author event. See you there!
Copenhagen Bookfair (Bogforum) celebrated its 30th year anniversary on the weekend of the 7th of November and I was there – well in spirit and book anyway!
My Danish publisher Straarup og Co took the Danish version of – The Heavy Bag – and presented Den Tunge Rygsaek to the Danish audience and literary enthusiasts.
I’m so grateful to receive films and photos of the event as it unfolded and some very lovely fellow authors kept in touch to let me know how it was going – how we have all managed to work our way around this pandemic is amazing!
Foreign rights have been a way for my children’s books to carry my stories around the world, at a time when borders are closed, restrictions are in force and businesses have been affected to the point of closure. I feel incredibly lucky that the book and publishing community has somehow managed to carry on, under difficult circumstances but nevertheless, carry on!
So, I want to give the biggest shout out to all of those foreign rights managers who have taken a chance on a little known author, in a very small corner of the UK.
The Heavy Bag: Danish – Straarup og Co, Swedish – Isa Bok Forlag, Romanian – Curtea Veche, Turkish – GergedanYayinlari, French – L’editions Prunelle, Netherlands/Belgium – Van Driel Publishing.
The Slow Superhero: UK – Ventorros Press, Russia – NIGMA, Netherlands/Belgium – Van Driel Publishing.
My first American interview was with Soulbase Mag a beautiful magazine that ” is a connector between continents through stories, nature, food and the other themes we explore. We connect passionate people from around the world because we believe we are all an inspiration”.
Soulbase magazine is run by the hugely talented Annika Bielig Bussmann who is originally from Germany now resides in Portland, Oregon, where she curates and publishes her magazine, highlighting female talents from around the world.
Leben und Tod (Life & Death Festival) featured my interview with them as a guest author. I wasn’t sure how this German festival would play out but I have to tell you … it was beautiful! The creative community came together and offered their stories, books, drama and art; to a huge audience across Germany! We had one aim, to open up the conversation about Death which ultimately made people consider Life.
I was approached by the founder Meike Wengler to discuss the German version of – The Heavy Bag and how my children’s book is being used across Germany in collaboration with UNICEF and within hospices, charities and grundschuls.
I was honoured to interview live for them and discuss my thoughts surrounding the theme of my book – Die Schwere Tasche.