The following article appeared in the online magazine for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in September 2019. It's aimed at fellow / aspiring authors and illustrators. And thanks to their Afternoon Tea theme, it features rather a lot of cake...
My former school, Bramhall High in Cheshire, invited me to speak to 40 Y7-Y10 pupils in the local historic Hall which inspired the setting for Black Snow Falling. The all-day event was covered in the Stockport Express. You can read feedback from the staff and students on my speaking page.
This feature appeared in The Courier Magazine on Saturday 27 April, before an event at Soutar Book Festival on Sunday 28 April. If you thought dream analysis was a modern phenomenon you’ll be surprised to learn that even as far back as the second century AD people were fascinated by their dreams. Oneirocritica –The Interpretation… Continue reading The Courier Magazine: 10 common dreams.
My guest blog post for academic / illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba reveals some of the historical sources I used to write BLACK SNOW FALLING, and why, in rewriting this cultural narrative about women, I chose not to give my protagonist, Ruth, any super-powers, despite the fantasy element of the story.
Ann Giles, The Bookwitch, interviews L.J. MacWhirter about Bramhall High; early modernism and the Tudors; and daydreaming in History lessons.
Author L.J. MacWhirter explains the historical feminism and prejudice in her debut novel, Black Snow Falling.
Book of the Month at Scottish Book Trust - read their review of Black Snow Falling and recommendation for groups wanting to explore themes of loss, hope and resilience.