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VOL. Wed 1 Oct 2014

The Vancouver Writers Festival, 21-23 Oct

Good news everyone! Next month, I'll be appearing (live and in the swarthiest of flesh) at the Vancouver Writers Festival! Having once called Vancouver home I have a heap of wonderful memories of that most pristine of coastal cities, so it'll be great to be back after quite a while away. If you'll be in Vancouver around the 21 to 23 of October then please do come out and welcome me back to the old stomping ground! In no particular order, I'll be there to talk about: harnessing your imagination (or just riding bareback), the writing process, do-it-yourself musical instruments, mad science, secrets, lies, knucklecrumplers, fictional rock stars, and what happens when an Irish fairy falls

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Canadian-UK Young Adult Literary Salon

On 7 May 2014, the Canadian High Commission is hosting an event to celebrate Canadian authors of youth fiction living here in the UK. I'm very pleased to be part of the line-up, where I'll be appearing alongside the wonderful Moira Young (Blood Red Road) and Jeff Norton (Metawars), two other Canadian authors based in the UK. A lot of fine people came together to make this possible and they all deserve a hearty thank you. The event is part of Social Book Week, organised by Bookomi, and is in support of The Reading Agency. Last but certainly not least, the panel will be chaired by the Guardian's children's book editor, Julia Eccleshare. What did I tell you? A lot of fine people. Than

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Happy World Read Aloud Day!

The first Wednesday of March is World Read Aloud Day (not to be confused with World Book Day, which happens annually on the 6th of March and which, I assure you, is every bit as thrilling). World Read Aloud Day is run by the good people of LitWorld, striving to make this planet a better one through literacy and storytelling. Kudos! This year, the (also) good people at the Canadian Children's Book Centre asked me to celebrate World Read Aloud Day by—well, reading aloud from one of my books. Obviously. It's right there in the name of the day. The first thing I did was hire myself a handsome wig of dreadlocks...which was only the beginning. Soon I had an eighteenth century frock coat, a

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Nagasaki, Japan: My Favourite Bits

It’s been quite a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with new writing projects, editing work, travelling, moving to a new neighbourhood (south of the river, baby!), and a host of other things too trivial to mention. Some things, however, weren't trivial at all. They were fascinating. In the spring, while visiting my wife's family in Japan, the two of us slipped away for a couple days in Nagasaki. The city is on the coast of Kyūshū, the most southwestern of Japan’s four main islands. Sadly, it's best known as the world's most recent victim of a nuclear attack, but I can assure you there’s much more to the Nagasaki of today. I found it a brilliant, quirky, end

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Enchantium Gas is Real (Tell Me Something I Didn't Know)

This morning I read an article about a "quiet revolution" in theoretical physics. According to Max Tegmark, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, consciousness may in fact be an undiscovered form of matter, as in a solid, liquid or gas. He even gave the new element a fancy name. "Perceptronium." Now, far be it from me to accuse a highly decorated theoretical physicist of scientific plagiarism, but I had to wonder...has this guy read my book? In Zorgamazoo, I very clearly laid out the principals not only of human thought as an element (ahem, Enchantium Gas anyone?), but I also went one step further, postulating how an entire civilisation, power system and energy

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The Greatest / Saddest / Oddest Events of 2013

Happy New Year, everyone. Welcome to the year two-thousand fourteen! Well. That makes it official: I can now no longer distinguish between the present and future. Everything after "2014" sounds like science-fiction. But let's not forget the past. Here are—in my humble opinion—the more interesting things that happened in 2013. 1. The Formosan clouded leopard declared extinct After a 13 year study in the forests of Taiwan, the Formosan clouded leopard was officially declared extinct in the spring of last year. The last live sighting was in 1983, by a group of indigenous hunters. Ironically, those hunters consider it taboo to hunt the animal. The leopards went extinct in the usual way, f

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BLUES FOR ZOEY
“A wonderful coming-of-age story”


CREATURE DEPARTMENT
“A feast for the imagination”


PRINCE PUGGLY OF SPUD & THE KINGDOM OF SPIFF
“Ought to enchant readers, whether they are fashion plates or reprobates”