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Leading children's authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team

Leading children's authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team
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The Guardian


Leading children's authors discuss their work with young readers and the Guardian literary team




Cecelia Ahern: ‘public shaming moved me to write Flawed’ - Guardian children's books podcast

Cecelia Ahern explains how she was moved to write her first YA novel, Flawed, by her dismay at society’s increasingly finger-pointing culture. Guardian children’s books site members Harriet, Amy and Rebecca grill her on the book, which is set in a powerfully realised society in which perfection is valued above humanity

Duration: 00:20:05

Jacqueline Wilson for Guardian children's books podcast: 'This is a story competition about your imagination'

Jacqueline Wilson speaks to Michelle Pauli as she launches her creative writing competition for 7 – 12 year olds, where the prize is to have the winning story published in one of her books! Here she gives you tips about getting started, inventing characters and what the judges will be looking for Find out more about the competition and enter here! Plus check out the first chapter of Jacqueline Wilson’s newest book, Rent a Bridesmaid

Duration: 00:12:16

Gavriel Savit: 'I’ve never known the end of a chapter in my life' - children's books podcast

Harrowing second world war tale Anna and the Swallow Man has taken teen readers by storm. Teen site members Lottie is Dottie and Ayesha got to ask the author about the mythologisation of the Holocaust, deep and dark things, stories without end and the meaning of life Also read Remembering the people of the Holocaust

Duration: 00:27:50

Women in fantasy – the children's books podcast

Get a fascinating insight into the world of teen/YA fantasy in this podcast with four amazing fantasy authors. Samantha Shannon, Sally Green, Lucy Saxon and Alwyn Hamilton talk world building, feminism, sex and why we need to stop comparing all female characters to Katniss Everdeen – however wonderful she is! Enter our signed fantasy books giveaway!

Duration: 00:35:26

Guardian children's books podcast with Owen Jones: 'there's a craving for an alternative to how things are run'

Political commentator Owen Jones is grilled by teen site members CaraErica, Patrick and TheBookAddictedGirl on the writers who inspired his democratic socialist politics, the advice he’d give his 16-year-old self, and how young people should get involved in politics – and why… The Establishment is our current Teen book club read – find out what else is happening here

Duration: 00:19:36

Jeff Kinney: 'the joke always comes first' – children's books podcast

Find out what Jeff Kinney’s favourite Diary of a Wimpy Kid book is, why he really did wrap himself in toilet paper in Middle School and how he ALWAYS has writer’s block in this fabulous interview by the Eye Boggling Blurbs book group Win signed copies of the complete set of 10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books

Duration: 00:08:28

Guardian children's books podcast with Sandi Toksvig: 'children disappear in history'

Sandi Toksvig reads from and talks about her latest book, A Slice of the Moon, an action-packed story of one family's journey across the world as they leave behind their home in Ireland during the potato famine and travel to America

Duration: 00:22:34

Children's books podcast: Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers on their picture book, Imaginary Fred

Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl novels, and award-winning picture book creator Oliver Jeffers have paired up to create a book about imaginary friends, Imaginary Fred. Find out how they met by chance, collaborated across continents by skype, and, of course, whether they have their own imaginary friendsBuy Imaginary Fred at the Guardian bookshop

Duration: 00:14:29

Celebrate Poetry Day with Joseph Coelho - children's books podcast

Prepare to be thrilled as Joseph Coelho performs poems from his prize-winning collection, Werewolf Club Rules, and offers his suggestions for your own poetry writing

Duration: 00:09:46

Annabel Pitcher: 'we don't have to aspire for more, more, more to be happy' - children's books podcast

The author of My Sister Lives on The Mantelpiece talks to site member The Dormouse about her new book, Silence is Goldfish, which she wrote for all the limelight-avoiding introverts out there

Duration: 00:20:18

Sally Gardner: I wandered so far into the dark, dark wood I forgot to come out again - children's books podcast

On the 10th anniversary of her first book I Coriander, Sally Gardner talks to site member Patrick about writing historical novels, the power of fairy tales, dyslexia and why the school system needs a big shake up

Duration: 00:11:19

Ally Carter talks about her new Embassy Row series – children's books podcast

The best-selling Gallagher Girls author spills the beans on All Fall Down, the first in her thrilling new Embassy Row series – and answers questions on her life and books from teen site members• Plus we have five signed copies of All Fall Down to give away! See below for details

Duration: 00:19:41

Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer talk about Off the Page - children's books podcast

Mother and daughter writing duo Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer talk to Michelle Pauli about the premise behind their funny YA romance, Off the Page, in which a fairytale prince leaves his storybook to experience life and love in high school, and describe the ups and downs of co-writing with the person who knows you - and sometimes annoys you - best

Duration: 00:15:33

Maria V Snyder talks Shadow Study and beyond - children's books podcast

Site member Tashtastic caught up with Chronicles of Ixia creator Maria V Snyder, when the US novelist was on a rare visit to the UK – listen in to their conversation here!

Duration: 00:10:08

David Levithan: why I wrote my latest novel as a musical - teen books podcast

The bestselling author talks to site member Muchbooks about Hold Me Closer, his new novel written in musical form starring Tiny Cooper, a book companion to Will Grayson, Will Grayson which David wrote with John Green.Read the first chapter of Hold Me Closer

Duration: 00:17:51

John Hegley performs I am a Guillemot - children's books podcast

Find out everything you would ever, ever need to know about sustainable, self-restrainable Guillemot, who uses its bill a lot, in this immortal poem by John Hegley

Duration: 00:02:09

Judith Kerr reads from When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr reads from her award-winning book, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, about her escape from Nazi Germany during the second world war• Judith answers questions from our group site members and shares the real life stories behind her books and paintings in this interview

Duration: 00:11:06

Kate Saunders: why I wrote Five Children on the Western Front - children's books podcast

The winner of Costa children’s books award 2014 talks to site members Noggin and Sailing46 about her sequel to E Nesbit’s Five Children and It, set in the first world war

Duration: 00:06:32

James Frey talks about Endgame

James Frey is giving $3 million of his own money as a prize for those who can solve the puzzles that run through his new trilogy Endgame. Here he tells site member JBOO1698 all about his crazy, magical idea – and his obsession with hidden history

Duration: 00:14:33

John Agard reads his poem Half Caste and talks about race – children's books podcast

Listen to John Agard read his well known poem Half Caste and talk about how his Guyanan upbringing helped him become the writer he is today

Duration: 00:15:15

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