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Do you fancy a summer’s day by the seaside with BOOKS? (Let’s face it, who doesn’t?) Do you live in the South East of England? Or have you got super-powers that enable you to travel huge distances in the blink of an eye? Because…

Brighton beach and Brighton PierOn Saturday July 11th at the Jubilee Library, in central Brighton, you can join a whole host of writers – including me – for an amazing day all about books. And what’s more, this is a free event. Woohoo!

The day pans out as follows:

11am: Action! Adventure! How writers keep stories exciting for younger readers, Middle Grade panel (suitable for ages 8+) featuring AF Harrold (THE IMAGINARY), Julia Lee (THE DANGEROUS DISCOVERIES OF GULLY POTCHARD), Tatum Flynn (THE D’EVIL DIARIES)
Noon: A World of Pure Imagination: Middle Grade (8+) workshop run by Cameron McAllister (THE TIN SNAIL)
Noon: Writing It Real: Characters and Setting. YA (14+) workshop run by Jane McLoughlin (AT YELLOW LAKE, THE CROWHAM MARTYRS)
1.45pm: Way To Go! Four writers discuss the very different journeys their characters go on. Older MG/Younger YA panel (11+), featuring Nikki Sheehan (WHO FRAMED KLARIS CLIFF), Jenny McLachlan (FLIRTY DANCING), Sarah Sky (CODE RED LIPSTICK), Jon Walter (MY NAME’S NOT FRIDAY)
3.15pm: Toxic! Problematic relationships and dangerous friendships. YA panel (14+), featuring Lisa Heathfield (SEED), Eve Ainsworth (7 DAYS), Jess Vallance (BIRDY)

Panels will be moderated by award-winning blogger Vivienne DaCosta, and each panel will end with a Q&A session.
Participating authors will also be signing their books at various times throughout the day, thanks to our lovely local children’s bookshop, The Book Nook.

Bonus – Jubilee Library has a brilliant cafe right next to where all the events will be going on.

For further updates see #BrightonRocksBooks on Twitter.

Brighton beach and Brighton Pier

Rocks, but no books…yet

Huge thanks to the fabulous Tatum Flynn, Nikki Sheehan and Lisa Heathfield for coming up with the idea and doing all the hard work.

See you there!


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