Harry Potter and the midnight launch

As an adult you have to accept that certain things are inevitable and you just have to get on with it. And one of those things is queuing. You queue when you do your taxes. You queue when you renew your vehicle license or your passport. Queues can’t be avoided.

There are some cool things that also involve queuing, like the waiting lines at Disneyland rides, the queues at ComicCon (and in our case, FanCon) and the midnight queues for new Harry Potter books.
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A shout out to two of my favourite schools

One of my favourite things in the world is visiting schools and meeting my readers.

There’s something about standing on a stage in front of a 100 students and seeing the absolute looks of glee when I tell them what my books are about. Followed by the absolute looks of horror on the faces of the faculty when I donate all my books to the library.
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Bloody Parchment Halloween readings

19 November 2015

Last month SA Horrorfest held its annual literary chapter, Bloody Parchment, at the historic (and suitably spooky) Labia Theatre in Cape Town.

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Open Book Festival: Worldbuilding workshop

21 September 2015

My YA masterclass returned to Open Book again this year and to my absolute delight, was one of the first events to sell out. Last time we tackled How to write a YA novel, so this year I decided to narrow the focus a little bit.

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Hanging out with Hugh Howey

One of the highlights of being an author is that sometimes I’m invited to formally talk to other authors.

I mean, you want me to have a conversation with a fellow author? I’m in!

When The Book Lounge asked me to do a Q&A with Hugh Howey I couldn’t accept fast enough.

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Open Book Festival: Surviving the zombie apocalypse with Mike Carey

23 September 2014

I always look forward to September, when literary giants descend on Cape Town for the Open Book Festival.

I was excited to chat to The Girl With All the Gifts author Mike Carey for Open Book’s first-ever zombie dress up event. I arrived dressed as Dr Caldwell, a character from the novel, while Mike turned heads in his zombie make-up.

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How to write a YA novel in 3 minutes

13 September 2013

Cat Hellisen, Sarah Lotz and I hosted our first Young Adult masterclass at the Open Book festival on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

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Meeting Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz kicked off his South African tour with an appearance at Exclusive Books V&A Waterfront. It was a great privilege to introduce the best-selling author to the crowd, and an even greater privilege to soak in the knowledge of one of my all-time favourite authors.

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FLF: A writer’s festival

23 May 2013

It’s difficult to come back down to earth after a weekend of non-stop celebration, but that’s what it felt like after this weekend’s Franschhoek Literary Festival. It was a whirlwind of friends, wine, good food and happy memories.

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Open Book event with Keith Gray

24 September 2012

As part of the annual Open Book Festival I was invited to participate in a panel about censorship in teen publishing. I was joined by Scottish young adult author Keith Gray (Ostrich Boys, Next) The Book Lounge’s Verushka Louw and librarian Lona Gericke.

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