Time to FLY

I’m heading back to one of my favourite old stamping grounds in a couple of weeks’ time – Norwich, where I spent a hugely enjoyable (and life-changing) year on the famous Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. FLY pic

I graduated under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain in 1994 and have been back on a few occasions over the intervening period but this trip will be my first as a teen/YA author. And I’m really looking forward to taking part in the 2013 Festival of Literature for Young People – or FLY – which is being run and hosted by UEA.

The festival, the first of its kind, cements Norwich’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. It runs from July 8 – 12 and includes loads of workshops, talks, readings and competitions aimed at readers and writers aged 11 to 17. I’m doing two events on Tuesday July 9th: a talk, reading (from Flip) and Q&A for 11+, at 1pm, and a writing workshop for 11-14s, at 2.30pm. Other writers appearing at the festival include some of the leading names in teenage literature – Cathy Cassidy, Alan Gibbons, Charlie Higson, Anthony McGowan, Mal Peet, Bali Rai, Meg Rosoff and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Click here to visit the FLY home page, with links to the full programme and details of how to book tickets.

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