Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Barbara Mitchelhill: Dangerous Diamonds

We were really pleased to recently host the launch of Barbara Mitchelhill’s new book Dangerous Diamonds with the help of Murrayburn primary school. Here is what she has to say:

Arriving in Edinburgh for the Scottish Book Trust’s launch of Dangerous Diamonds was exciting but quite bizarre. Here I was in the city where, over a year ago, I had dreamed up the whole story. The setting for Dangerous Diamonds is Edinburgh and I when I arrived at Waverley Station, I jumped into a taxi and went across town to visit friends whose flat in the Grassmarket is where the story starts and where Charlotte and Harry live. On the way, I passed the Assembly Rooms in George Street where their dad goes missing and I caught a glimpse of the grand house where the villain, Edina Ross, lives. All these were real places that but the characters were all out of my imagination.
That is the good thing about being a writer, you can put whoever you want into any situation.
The two days I spent in Edinburgh were great fun and all the children I talked to had wonderful questions. Most of all, I shall remember the Quiz Game we played and how they cleaned me out of every chocolate in the box!

Dangerous Diamonds is published by Andersen Press and available in all good book shops. Visit Barbara’s website:
http://www.barbaramitchelhill.com/ for more information about her and her work.

Other news:

Melvin Burgess has started to write Twitterfiction. Check out his literary Twitter offerings at@MelvinBurgess

Chris's Highland Tour video diary is very nearly finished. Keep checking the blog and the website!

If you're a budding author, or simply keen to get creative and have a little fun, check out Virtual Writer in Residence Cathy Forde's creative writing tasks. They can be found in the Virtual Writer in Residence section of the website.


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