Saturday 29 September 2.30-3.15pm
Monsters, movies, magic and MURDER!!! Where do the ideas come from? Hear some of the hilarious real-life stories behind Tanya's award winning books, including tales of a pet pig, killer cat, and two ever-hungry Labradors. Bring sticky tape, you'll split your sides laughing!
"The most entertaining author talk I've been to. (And I've been a school librarian for 20 years so I've seen a few )" C. Marsh.
Tanya Landman is the author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, including the Carnegie Medal winning Buffalo Soldier and the acclaimed Poppy Fields mysteries. Her writing ability has seen her achieve international renown, but it’s her powerful approach to school visits, driven by an unparalleled sense of humour and gripping performance style, that truly cements her reputation as one of the country’s favourite children’s authors.
Tanya has been a writer, administrator and performer for Storybox Theatre since 1992. She had no intention of becoming a writer until the idea for Waking Merlin popped into her head. “It came from nowhere. It was completely out of the blue.” As the story took shape, she caught the writing bug, becoming a full time author in 2005. Tanya now can’t let a day go by without writing, “I’m completely addicted. My head is constantly churning with strands of plots and images of characters. I’m like a magpie, collecting bright, shiny gems of ideas wherever I go.”
Born and brought up in Kent, Tanya now lives and works in North Devon, whose rugged coastline was the inspiration for her Flotsam & Jetsam series. Tanya’s first books were “Adventure stories with a sprinkling of magic and a dollop of humor.” But then she branched out, writing two historical novels for young adults.
Apache – set in 19th century America – tells the story of girl warrior. It was shortlisted for several UK awards including the Teenage Book Trust and the Carnegie (where it was voted the Shadowing Groups favourite). The US edition won a Borders Original Voices prize and a Spur award from the Western Writers of America.
The Goldsmith’s Daughter – set in the Aztec empire during the Spanish invasion – was nominated for the Carnegie and the Guardian Children’s Fiction prize.
After that, Tanya turned to crime, writing Mondays are Murder (winner of a Red House Book Award) – the first in a series of ten “Agatha-Christie-for-kids” featuring child sleuth Poppy Fields and her friend Graham.
Find out more tanyalandman.com
”My head is constantly churning with strands of plots and images of characters. I’m like a magpie, collecting bright, shiny gems of ideas wherever I go.”