Posts Tagged ‘historical fiction’

  1. World Book Week writing competition results. . . and other news

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    June 6, 2017 by Lydia Syson

    World Book Week 2017

    Authors aren’t just for World Book Day, and the positive effects of an author visiting a school continue to have an impact long after books and banners have been packed up.  (Here I am at Sidcot School, Somerset, where bookseller Books on the Hill kindly looked after sales and signing.) Not that the author always sees this.  Happily, some of the schools I visited in March this year have sent me a selection of the writing their students produced in response to our sessions. I promised to send a hardback copy of the US edition of That Burning Summer to the author of the story I liked best.  Little did I realise how hard it would be to choose.

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  2. Diving deeper: into the ‘Glass Room’

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    April 27, 2014 by Lydia Syson

    South London Press, 21.3.14

    Writing historical fiction demands total immersion.  It’s a fairly obsessive process, but well worth it.  Bit by bit, you build up an increasingly accurate and nuanced picture of the world your characters inhabit, discover what makes them tick, what might affect the way they think and feel about events.  Not surprisingly, I was immediately intrigued when I was invited to use the new ‘immersion room’ at Sydenham School, London, for a planned event with some of their year 8 and 9 students. keep reading


  3. Channel Radio Competition

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    November 13, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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    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!)

     

     


  4. Morning Star 17th March 2016

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    April 11, 2013 by Lydia Syson

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  5. Top Ten

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    November 29, 2012 by Lydia Syson

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    I’ve been having a lot of fun and also a little anguish this week choosing my ten favourite historical novels for young readers for the Guardian Children’s Book Website.  Do visit the site to find out more. These lists are inevitably distinctly personal, and of course I’d love to know what you think of my choices.  Well, that’s as long as you love the books as much as I keep reading


  6. BOOKING SCHOOL VISITS and other events

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    September 14, 2012 by Lydia Syson

    South London Press, 21.3.14

    PLEASE EMAIL ME TO DISCUSS AN EVENT OR MAKE A BOOKING: lydiasyson@gmail.com

    I love talking to audiences of all ages and sizes, and take a very flexible approach to school visits and other events for children, teenagers and adults.  You can hear and watch me talking about my books here and on Youtube.

    My illustrated, interactive talks are ideal for supporting literacy across the curriculum and all versions can be be booked with a creative writing workshop that makes use of primary sources. Events can be delivered with a focus on English, History, Spanish or French. As well as inspiring students to write historical fiction themselves, and encouraging them to see the history all around them, That Burning Summer events offer excellent support for KS3 work on the WW2 Home Front and GCSE History courses covering Britain at War (1939-45)  Talks can also be adapted to integrate history and literacy in Year 6 work on the WW2 Home Front. A World Between Us supports Spanish Civil War units in Highers and AS level history, but also gives invaluable background to the build up to WW2. Liberty’s Fire works particularly well for Year 12 historians who have studied the French Revolution, providing an overview of upheavals in France in the 19th Century, culminating in the Franco-Prussian War, Siege of Paris, and Paris Commune. All my areas of expertise are great topics for sixth-form enrichment, extra-curricular talks and EPQs.  I use vivid primary sources of all kinds, always include readings from the novels and plenty of discussion, and my books are an excellent demonstration of how the resources lurking in archives, libraries and museums can be brought to life. I also offer creative writing workshops for young people and adults.

    Download and print full event details here: Lydia Syson School Visit Information 

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