This series of Crimelines interview are coming to an end, and today I’m talking to
[©2014 A. Padley-Woods]
Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?
As a student at MMU I have been really lucky to get involved with the new Crimelines anthology that is being launched at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival this week. I am studying for a Creative Writing MA and specialising in children’s fiction, so this has been a great project to take part in and I am looking forward to reading my story ‘Honest Al’ at the John Rylands Library on Saturday. It was a challenge to write a story with a theme that is very different to anything I’ve written before and it is really interesting to see what a diverse range of stories are in the book. My story is very much inspired by two events in my childhood that I have rolled into one – with of course some added extras. Some of my school friends at the time would definitely recognise some threads of the story. Continue reading
On Sunday there was a relaunch of the Timelines anthology as part of the Manchester Children’s Books Festival.
I got the chance to read in the Great Hall of a wonderful Tudor House, Orsdall Hall. A perfect setting for a historical story.
And it was lovely to see all my MA friends and share that moment with them. Though of course, standing in front of a crowd is as always nerves racking! Lucky for us our great editors Iris Feindt and Livi Michael were there to introduce us.
Iris Feindt and Livi Michael
Here is a picture some of the Timelines authors:
From left to right: Matt Killeen, Iris Feindt, Alison Padley-Woods, Emma George, Kim Hutson, Livi Michael, Marie Dentan, Kathryn Williams, Anna Mainwaring, Luci Nettleton.
Thanks all for a great moment.
I’m fortunate enough to have another of my short stories published by the Manchester school of writing.
But instead of talking about me, I want to let the other authors and editors talk about their work.
So here is the first of my Crimelines interview series.
Today, I’ll be talking to
[©2014 K. Hutson]
1) Tell us how you got involved in the Crimelines project?
I’m about to complete a Masters in Writing for Children at MMU and I was involved in last year’s Timelines project through my course. We were asked to submit for Crimelines because of the success of last year’s book. It was great opportunity to have experiences like public readings, signing books and seeing my name in print for the first time in this context.
Here I start a series of interview of authors from the Timelines Anthology, a collection of historical short stories for children, I have asked them a series a five questions.
Today I am interviewing Kim Hutson.
[©2013 to K.Hutson]
Tell us how you got involved in the Timelines project.
The opportunity arose through doing my masters course at MMU. Some of the tutors told us they were putting together an anthology of historical fiction stories for young adults and I thought that sounded great, so got involved as soon as possible! Initially I expressed my interest and then I went along to a workshop they held in the Special Collections department of the library where they house a fantastic collection of rare and historic children’s books. It was fascination to see the books and then we did a creative writing workshop based on some of the illustrations. It really got the ideas sparking. Continue reading