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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 8th April

11:30am-12:30pm

 

Big Dog Festival in Dumfries, Scotland. I will be speaking about the adventures behind my books (The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper and The Night Spinner)

 

Saturday 22nd April

1-2pm

 

Cambridge Literature Festival, Cambridge. I will be speaking alongside bestselling children's author, Katherine Rundell, about my books and the adventures behind them

 

Tuesday 30th May (pm) to Friday 2nd June (pm)

 

The Night Spinner is the third and final book in the hugely successful Dreamsnatcher trilogy and chronicles the adventures of Moll, Sid and Gryff as they battle the dreaded Shadowmasks and search for the final Amulet of Truth in the Scottish highlands.

 

The Exploration Society is delighted to offer fans of the story a chance to live the adventure during the May half term. Starting with a journey to Inverness on the sleeper train, our group will get to ride highland ponies, hike on the moors, visit ancient castles and canoe and fish on the rivers leading into Loch Ness (watching out for monsters!). This trip is open to those in Yr 4 – Yr 8.

 

Book a place here: explorationsociety.co.uk/night-spinner/

 

 

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

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Abi Elphinstone Q&A

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