22nd May 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
In the next of our series of evening author masterclasses, we'll be joined by the brilliant Abi Elphinstone who will be in conversation with Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. Over the course of the evening Abi will talk about her path to publication and the importance of staying strong in the face of rejection, as well as her love of creating new worlds, where research can take you and why adventure, magic and wonder are key elements in children's fiction.
Waterstones will be on hand to sell Abi's books and refreshments will be provided.
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London. She is the author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper and The Night Spinner, and curator of anthology Winter Magic. When she's not writing, Abi volunteers for Beanstalk charity, speaks in schools and travels the world looking for her next story. Her latest adventures include living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia and dog-sledging across the arctic. Sky Song is her latest children’s book.
Alysoun Owen is a publisher with over 20 years' experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for five years and is a regular speaker on how to get published at literary festivals and writer events.
The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with drinks provided upon arrival.
Drinks will start at 6pm and the event with Abi will begin at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.
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