Posts Tagged ‘CWISL’

  1. April news


    April 11, 2016 by Lydia Syson

    A quick update…

    Over at The History Girls, April is Shakespeare month, though not exclusively.  My contribution has been this exploration of the many different ways in which the Bard has been used by writers of children’s fiction, for which I enlisted the help of Tig Thomas, a friend, an editor and an anthologer who knows more about both Shakespeare and period children’s literature than anybody else I know.

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  2. February News: National Libraries Day and Ebook Special Offers


    February 3, 2016 by Lydia Syson

    If you value your local library, this Saturday is the day to show your appreciation. Find out what’s going on near you here. Southwark residents like me have lots to celebrate, as our council has not only worked hard through the cuts to keep libraries open, but in Camberwell we’ve even got a brand new one, open seven days a week, and it’s glorious.  It’s hard to imagine a greater contrast to the dank, windowless basement that used to be Camberwell’s children’s library.  Things are very different just over the border in Lambeth, where half the keep reading

  3. School visits: bonus time


    September 18, 2014 by Lydia Syson

    There’s something particularly satisfying about reading creative work that’s been produced by students after a school visit.  Last summer I went to talk to a group of Year 9 girls at Streatham and Clapham High School, who were – most impressively – finding out about the Spanish Civil War in Spanish.  I thought it was such an imaginative approach to learning a language, and it was fantastic to meet students so engaged with the history and culture of Spain.  Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to give my talk in Spanish. Even better, the project led to some wonderful pieces of writing in English, the best of which – by Anna and Lulu – you can read below.  keep reading

  4. Summer news – updated


    August 1, 2014 by Lydia Syson

    This is a bits-and-pieces, catch-up kind of a post, mostly to express my gratitude to lots of different people who’ve helped me in my work in lots of different ways over the past few months… keep reading

  5. 9th January 2014: Teenage Reading Group launch


    November 14, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    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. The Comfort of Fellow Writers


    October 31, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    Today marks my first ever contribution to a blog that I’ve found both addictive and invaluable for the past few years.  I’ve written a guest post called ‘Guilty Pleasures’ about the influence of 1940s films on the writing of That Burning Summer, for ‘An Awfully Big Blog Adventure – the ramblings of a few scattered authors‘.    keep reading

  7. A small shout about…


    June 21, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    This time last week I was contemplating the hidden qualities of a household sponge with a small group of Tigers . . . keep reading

  8. 13th-15th June Shoutabout! Festival at South Bank University


    March 4, 2013 by Lydia Syson

    celebration of story-making for children and young people in South London, organised by authors and illustrators.

    This is a CWISL event for invited participants in years 5-8, but anyone under 16 can join in through the online magazine Shoutabout!

    In the week before, CWISL authors will be visiting libraries and schools to meet some of the children taking part, and their fellow pupils.  I’ll be going to meet St Martin’s in the Fields High School for Girls at Brixton Library, Prendergast Hilly Fields College at Catford, and Bessemer Grange Primary School.


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“This tense, evocative, richly-imagined novel conjures the voices of a strange time and place, and makes them universal” EMMA DARWIN

“Syson brings history alive” THE OBSERVER

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