Hay Highlights- Talking Teen 2!

Continuing the teen theme...

The lovely Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen talked to Julia Eccleshare about 'Never Evers', their second book. I make no secret of how much I enjoyed both this and 'Lobsters', their first book so I was really pleased to have the chance to listen to them again. 

I was delighted to hear that they are working on a third book together- about the first term of uni- which I have no doubt will offer the same light-hearted, cringe-filled, fun packed read as the previous ones. 

Obviously extremely comfortable with each other, the pair chatted happily about their writing, their inspiration and future plans. Lucy's working at a girls' school supplies her with an endless stream of anecdotes and gossip to draw on, lending a very genuine tone to their writing. 

Great teen stories from very genuine and good natured authors!

My final event of Hay this year was 'Mystery Moments'! Frances Hardinge, Katherine Woodfine and Lyn Gardner talked to Emma Carroll about murder, mystery and mayhem! 

The panel discussed society's fascination with crime stories, murder and mystery. Frances Hardinge said that mysteries remind us that we never see the whole truth- they're a puzzle to be solved. Her 'gateway' to detective fiction was Sherlock Holmes and she was persuaded to swap her usual hat for a deer stalker! She read all the Holmes stories, then Agatha Christie and  Wilkie Collins who she called 'the master of suspense'. 

Katherine Woodfine said  Enid Blyton was the starting point for her love of mysteries. She also loves Wilkie Collins and the Edwardian writing of Frances Hodgson Burnett and E. Nesbit- 'nostalgia and innocence combined with a darker side.' Lyn Gardner also commented on the work of Wilkie Collins- an author all three ladies seem to admire!

Emma Carroll commented on the fact that people find comfort in reading mysteries - that there is a safe distance from these things when on the page- and whether this is partly because most are set in the past. Frances suggested that the past offers a more level playing field between the amateur and professional detective- the resources available to both would have been similar. She also commented that it is much easier to isolate someone with a corpse in an historical setting! Katherine agreed, saying that history can make for a brilliant resource for a writer- you just couldn't make it up! Admitting to being a 'complete magpie', Lyn commented on things from her book- The Infant Phenomenon, The Four Cripples pub- that have been taken from Dickens. She felt a modern setting would make having a child protagonist more difficult.

The panel were a delight to listen to- the conversation was intelligent and interesting whilst feeling like a chat amongst friends! The books are well worth reading too!

Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret by Lyn Gardner (to be reviewed soon)

Nosy Crow    ISBN: 978-0857634863

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine

(her first book has been reviewed by us- please see our bookshelf)

Egmont  ISBN: 978-1405276184

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

McMillan    ISBN: 978-1447264101

Strange Star by Emma Carroll (to be reviewed soon)

Faber and Faber     ISBN: 978-0571317653