December 22, 2012 by Lydia Syson
When Ellathebookworm from the Guardian Teen Book Club asked me this week what I would have found hardest if I’d been a soldier in the Spanish Civil War, I immediately thought of David Lomon, and what he had endured after being taken prisoner by Mussolini’s forces in Spain in the spring of 1938. Richard Baxell interviewed him for his new book, Unlikely Warriors - read more here. Very sadly, David died yesterday.
December 7, 2012 by Lydia Syson
This post was written for Hot Key Books ’9 Days of Christmas’
All my childhood memories of Christmas merge into one indistinct blur: it was always the seventies. It was always grey. It never, ever snowed. And later I keep reading
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December 5, 2012 by Lydia Syson
Yes, yes, I know writers are meant to be a lonely lot, isolated in far-flung garrets of angst-ridden creativity. Actually, the children’s writing community is as welcoming and inclusive a place as you could ever hope to find yourself. Hence The Next Big Thing – a kind of chain blog in which no curses are threatened if you don’t pass it on, but writer after writer has the keep reading