1. Spyfever drama workshop


    March 23, 2015 by Lydia Syson


    1940. The Battle of Britain is raging in the sky above. Germany could invade any day. It is impossible to ignore the rumble of guns and the rumours of spies and fifth columnists. It was one extraordinary burning summer that changed lives forever.

    Find out about the propaganda, pilots, and planes that inspired Lydia Syson’s ‘That Burning Summer’, a novel for teens set in 1940, and take part in a drama workshop led by A Spaniel in the Works exploring life under the threat of invasion.

    ‘RULE ONE: If the Germans come by parachute, aeroplane or ship you must remain where you are. The order is to “stay put”…’

    All ages welcome but most suitable for 9-14 years.

    FREE! (a minimal booking fee is charged) But advance reservation is essential herekeep reading

  2. Bookings


    March 2, 2015 by Lydia Syson

    Please contact to make a booking for any kind of event. You’ll find more information about school visits here.

  3. June 5th 2014: VANGO Book 2 launch and panel discussion


    April 24, 2014 by Lydia Syson


    I’m delighted to be involved in this exciting event at Walker Books, organised by IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, a non-profit organisation (with an official status in UNESCO and UNICEF) representing a world-wide network of people committed to bringing books and children together.  It was set up to promote international understanding keep reading

  4. 28th February 2014: visit to Sydenham School, Lewisham


    November 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    I’m looking forward to discussingThat Burning Summer, Britain’s Polish allies, the experience of invasion and much more with some of Sydenham School‘s keenest readers. NB This is not a public event, but you can book me for an event by contacting Authors Aloud on 01727 893992 or emailing

  5. 9th January 2014: Teenage Reading Group launch


    November 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    PWO - TRG - Start 9 Jan

    Inspirational writer Sam Osman and I will be at Petts Wood Library from 6.30-7.30 pm to launch Bromley’s Teenage Reading Group on behalf of CWISL.  If you’re aged 13-16 and enjoy reading and sharing the books you love, do come along! Meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month.  Contact librarian Jenny Hawke on 01689 821607 to find out more.

  6. Channel Radio Competition


    November 13, 2013 by Lydia Syson


    Romney Marsh’s 24/7 radio station, Channel Radio, and Kent law firm Gullands are offering a copy of Romney Marsh set THAT BURNING SUMMER in a Twitter competition.  Just follow @Gullands_HR_Law with #businessbunker (that’s the name of the programme) and look forward to the announcement of the winner on Tuesday 4th Feb. (Thanks to Amanda Finn!)



  7. 7th December 2013: No Pasaran! A Night to Remember


    September 9, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    DailyWorker-return from spain

    The British Battalion of the International Brigades arrived home 75 years ago, to be greeted by huge crowds at Victoria Station.  Celebrate these heroes and heroines with the International Brigade Memorial Trust and Philosophy Football at No Pasaran!  A Night to Remember! at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. Theatre, discussion, comedy, music and recitation – not to mention an A World Between Us event at 4.30 pm. Book here for the evening and/or the afternoon activities or call 01273 47272.   keep reading

  8. 13th October 2013: Wood Green Literary Festival


    September 9, 2013 by Lydia Syson


    Step back in time with me and Catherine Johnson, fellow-Londoner and award-winning children’s author.  We’ll talking about writing and researching historical London, discussing atmosphere, place and how to tune into echoes of the past – and of course we’ll be sharing thrilling 18th century medical stories alongside tales from East End battlegrounds.   keep reading

  9. 4th October 2013: ‘That Burning Summer’ launch party


    September 9, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    Come and celebrate at Review Bookshop, Peckham, 7-9 pm…but do let me or Evie Wyld know that you’re planning to come so we don’t have to have ration cards!

    Email: or


  10. 3rd October 2013 Publication Day: That Burning Summer


    September 7, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    A red letter day for me, obviously. Order your copy now!