Events, talks and book signings

*Please note that dates and times are subject to change


I speak at schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals across the UK. From catapults and fortunetelling balls to ancient runes and amulets, I show a variety of exciting and unusual objects linked to my book to get children thinking about characters, setting and plot. I talk about the adventures I've been on to make the book happen – abseiling into jungle caves, hang-gliding over Rio De Janeiro and living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia – and show children how easy it is to leap into stories of their own. If you are interested in booking me for an event and hearing more details, click HERE.

Saturday 13th January, 1-3pm

Book signing at Waterstones Crawley, West Sussex


Sunday 21st January 3:30-4:30pm

Book signing at Waterstones Finchley Road, London


Monday 29th January 6-7pm

Book signing at Blackwells, Edinburgh


Wednesday 31st January 3:30pm

Book signing at Waterstones, St Andrews


Thursday 8th February 4-5pm

Book signing at Ottie and the Bea bookshop, South East London


Monday 12th February, 12pm

In conversation with Katherine Rundell, Battersea Power Station, London


Thursday 5th April TIME TBC

Book talk and signing Grimm & Co, Rotherham


Saturday 28th April 2-3pm

Book talk and signing at Chip Lit Fest, Chipping Norton


Thursday 3rd May 12:45pm

Book talk and signing at Bookfeast, Oxford


Sunday 13th May TIME TBC

Book talk and signing Barnes Lit Fest, London


Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September

Book talk and signing Cheltenham Lit Fest


Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September

Book talk and signing Children's Books Ireland


Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October

Book talk and signing Wells Literature Festival

My Dreamsnatcher Playlist

1. To get me fired up for a day of writing: Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen


2. When I want to introduce a bit more magic into the plot: Flying by James Newton Howard – from the most recent Peter Pan movie


3. The last few chapters of my book are pretty tense and I wrote them to this song: Narnia battle theme – from the more recent Narnia movie


4. I reward myself with this song after I’ve written a good chase scene: Septimus by Ilan Eshkeri – from the Stardust soundtrack


5. When I’m editing the book and need all my concentration to get it just right: Silence (anything else is distracting)


6. When I want inspiration: BBC Narnia Aslan’s Theme by Geoffrey Burgon (possibly the most magical sounding thing OF ALL TIME)


7. Standard writing day music: anything by Ludovico Einaudi


8. When I’m tired but know I have to write anyway: I’ve Come Home from the Spirit movie


9. When I’m willing Moll on to be brave against Skull: Spark Inside Us from The Princess & The Goblin movie


10. If I were ever to write a kissing scene (at the moment I can’t imagine my characters getting to that point!) I would write it to this song: Storybook Love by Mark Knopfler – The Princess Bride

theme song

1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

2. The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden

3. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

4. Skellig by David Almond

5. The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

6. The BFG by Roald Dahl

7. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

8. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Top 10 Desert Island Reads

Abi Elphinstone Q&A

Abi answers your questions about her inspiration for The Dreamsnatcher