Malini Stevenson recently read a section from Devilskein & Dearlove to a wrapt audience of (mostly) 11 year-olds and a couple of adults, at two events in South West London. Interesting questions were asked about having a bad-tempered, rude heroine; tattoos, crickets who speak Pashto, and comparisons made to Alice in Wonderland (all those locked doors). We couldn’t get a connection to South Africa, so instead of talking to Alex, we showed the animation. Not for the first time, we were asked whether there would be a full length film. Wouldn’t that be great?
Thanks to Andrea (Balham) and Heather (Tooting) for hosting us.
Two opportunities on the same day for tea with Mr Devilskein, the supergenarian companyman (aka Demon) with a need for a new heart…
Malini Stevenson is reading from Devilskein & DearloveAlex Smith‘s amazing reboot of The Secret Garden, set in Cape Town and featuring Demons, hidden gardens, a cricket who used to be a Chinese ambassador, and Erin Dearlove, possibly the grumpiest heroine in literature… but not without cause…
Catch the readings of the wildest young adult novel of the season at the following times and places:
So: It’s publication day! Here’s Malini Stevenson reading a section at last night’s launch, at The Story Sessions. we tried to get author Alex Smith on Skype from South Africa, but the line was very unreliable, so those odd noises in the background are the computer constantly dropping out and redialing, sorry!
To celebrate you can: watch this video, or the trailer, or read interviews and Q&A’s with Alex here, here and here, or listen to Cherry Potts talking about the book on Croydon Radio, or come along to one of the other readings …and, of course, you could BUY a copy, either direct from us, or from your favourite local bookshop! Oh, and we’re doing a giveaway on goodreads, but you need to be quick, it’s only til 31st July.
Aimed at 12-16 year-olds but enjoyed by anyone from the age of 9-900!
Youthful Tales (Stories FOR young adults and BY young adults – 12 years old and up. It’s not a school night as it’s the first week of the holidays!)
Confirmed stories: Launching: Extract from Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith, read by Malini Stevenson (this is launching the book – it is actually published the day after – get a pre-publication copy at a special price.) Revisiting: Extract from Claude at Harfleur by Marjorie Phillips read by Alix Adams Introducing:Elizabeth Noir and the Titanic Adventure by (Young Author) Beth Broughton-Jones read by Sarah Feathers Exploring:Home Rock by Sue Oke (who will read it herself)
Join in with 100 words of poetry or fiction in the Flash from the Floor session.
Come along, bring your soon-to-be-adults, or your parents as the case may be!
Readings of The Icicle by CT Kingston read by Malini Stevenson – fairy tale of an icemaiden Candyfloss by Maria Kyle read by Rhik Samadder – nightmare of a dreamfriend Heriot by Richard Smyth read by Cliff Chapman – mental institution inmate may be more than he seems
and Jonathan Pinnock‘s spoof documentary The Last Words of Emmanuel Prettyjohn read by as many people as we can persuade to join in and get rehearsed.