22nd October 2017 | Books
If you live in the UK, you know who Tim Peake is.
The former British Army officer, and European Space Agency astronaut, sparked the nation’s imagination after embarking on the Soyuz TMA-19M mission in 2015 to spend time on-board the International Space Station (ISS).
Having beaten over 9,000 other applications for one of six places on the ESA’s new astronaut training programme, whilst in space Tim Peake participated in the first space walk outside the ISS by a British astronaut.
Having been thrust into the national spotlight, Peake broadcasted a new year message live from space in 2016 and, since landing, has published two books about his time in space.
The latest book, Ask An Astronaut was published by Penguin Random House on 19th October 2017.
To celebrate the launch of his new book, and to discuss his time in space, James Gilmore interviewed Tim Peake.
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James Gilmore interviews ESA astronaut Tim Peake to celebrate his latest book and to discuss his time in space (and his favourite music, naturally). (10 minutes)
11th August 2017 | Books
As an author, one of the most difficult things is to write a good (emphasis: good) book set in the modern day which still feels like it could be relevant in 20 years’ time.
After all, technology changes and – most of the time – too many references to Instagram can make a book seem like it is pandering to a YA audience.
Karen McManus has nailed it with her first book (‘One of Us Is Lying’) and is proving that she has the skills to become a long-lasting name in YA fiction.
Our second Electric Voices author (for more information on what that means, click here), Karen McManus is behind ‘One of Us Is Lying’ a murder-mystery set in a school detention.
Five strangers walk into detention, and only four walk out alive.
James Gilmore interviewed Karen McManus about the book and kicks off our year following the journey to her next book...
James Gilmore interviews our second Electric Voices author Karen McManus about her debut YA book 'One Of Us Is Lying' to kick off our year following the journey to her next book... (7 minutes)
9th August 2017 | Books
Moïra Fowley-Doyle is the author of critically acclaimed ‘The Accident Season’ and ‘The Spellbook of the Lost and Found’.
Lekhika Chaudhary interviewed her at YALC about her new music, and here’s what went down.
Lekhika: Before we get into any questions on advice, could you give us a run through on what your latest book is about?
Moira: Spellbook of the Lost and Found is magic realism, so it’s set in West of Ireland. It follows 3 narrators, who after a party, see that they have mysteriously lost something. They have all lost different things and then separately they find a Spellbook. They decide to cast a spell from inside of it to find what they have lost and get it back. They end up finding more than they bargained for and realising not all losses can be bad.
L: Okay! So you started writing at a really young age which is amazing! So, what advice would you give budding young authors who started writing, but are finding it a bit tricky?
M: Keep writing! And keep reading. Personally, what helped me was keeping diaries, not only does it have you keeping pen to paper, but also it kind of makes you realise the narrative strands in your life that you can apply to your stories. I wrote a lot of short stories and small novels, and a lot of poetry as well. You do not have to finish a whole book immediately. You can write short stories, you can write snippets and poems.
L: It will start to flow. And, what inspired you to get into writing? How did you think that writing was for you?
M: I don’t know! I think I have always written and I…