Tag: YA

BBC Young Writers’ Award

Whenever I visit schools, I’m always telling you that your voice matters and your experience matters and that you don’t need permission to shout from the rooftops. With that in mind, I’m so SO excited to be judging the BBC Young Writer’s Award. Guys, this is going to be EPIC!

Joining me on the judging panel will be Nikesh Shukla, editor of youth
magazine Rife and the amazing anthology The Good Immigrant, and the awesome Alice Levine, BBC Radio 1 DJ, as chair extraordinaire.  

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Open to all young people aged 14 to 18, who
live in the UK, entrants are asked to create stories of up to 1000 words on any
topic with the judges eager to see stories that show real imagination and
creativity; high quality writing that can capture and hold the reader.  The shortlist of the top five stories will be
announced Saturday 30 September 2017 (subject to change) with the finalists invited to attend the exclusive BBC National Short Story Award 2017
ceremony in London on Tuesday 3 October
2017
, where the winner will be announced.

The talented winning writer of the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2017 will have
their story broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and receive a personalised mentoring
session with an author to help develop their writing skills. All five shortlisted
writers will be given a guided visit to BBC Broadcasting House and have the
chance to meet high-profile authors, publishers, agents and broadcasters. The
shortlist will also have their stories published on the BBC Radio 1 website and
receive a copy of the BBC National Short
Story Award 2017
anthology.

The
deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm (BST) Friday 21 April 2017.
The Terms & Conditions and Entry Form, along with a host of resources to
help writers get started with their stories, are available at www.bbc.co.uk/ywa

Good luck everyone and get writing! Holly x

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Praise for How Hard Can Love Be?

Hello fellow Spinsters, Amy from Usborne here. I’ve stolen Holly’s blog today to do a little round-up of some of the amaazing reviews coming in for How Hard Can Love Be?, out now. Here are a few of our favourites:

“This is the second book in the new Holly Bourne Normal trilogy and is
COMPLETELY FANTASTIC. Not that I expected anything less after the
amazing after the stunning Am I Normal Yet?” – Guardian children’s book site teen reviewer

“Holly Bourne is one of the most talented YA writers of the moment and I cannot wait to read the next instalment to find out what happens to the Spinster Club. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!” – Lucy from Queen of Contemporary

“Emotive and thought provoking this searingly honest book deals with the biggest life lesson of all: nobody’s perfect.” – South Wales Evening Post, Book of the Week

“Holly Bourne has become a true feminist legend of YA!” – Emma from Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

“The second installment in [Holly’s] Normal series…and tells Amber’s story of first love, friendship and addiction.” – The Sunday Express, S Magazine

Read the first chapter of How Hard Can Love Be? at www.usborne.com/readHolly.

Spinster Sunday

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One of the most amazing things about Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? is seeing fans – readers, bloggers and vloggers – forming their own Spinster Clubs.

One of the most recent comes from Emma of Never Judge a Book By its Cover (a fantastic book blog you should definitely check out). Emma has created a brilliant Tumblr @the-spinster-club for readers “who adored [Am I Normal Yet?], are feminist or a new feminist like myself, who wants to own who
they are and be an individual.”
  You can look forward to posts about the Normal series, quotes, discussions
agendas and there is talk of a Feminist Street Team too. We LOVE the sound of that. Check in with Emma over at The Spinster Club for more.

Speaking of all things Spinster, today Holly is up in Lytham St Anne’s headlining Spinster Sunday. Hosted by Storytellers Inc, it’s an afternoon of events to
celebrate friendship, feminism and frankly brilliant books. This empowering
afternoon is sure to pass the Bechdel test with a fantastic line-up of current
teen/YA authors including Non Pratt, Keris Stainton, Sara Barnard, Natasha Farrant and Jenny Maclachan. More on this next week!

Go Spinsters!

Meet Holly Bourne on the How Hard Can Love Be? tour

To celebrate the release of How Hard Can Love Be? Holly will be touring the UK and Ireland and she wants to meet YOU.

All public events are listed here, with more to be added soon, so stay tuned!

SPINSTER SUNDAY with Holly Bourne

Sunday 7th February, from 1pm at St Annes Place, Lytham St Annes

An afternoon of events to
celebrate friendship, feminism and frankly brilliant books. Hosted by Storytellers Inc this empowering
afternoon is sure to pass the Bechdel test with a fantastic line-up of current
teen/YA authors including Non Pratt, Keris Stainton, Sara Barnard, Natasha Farrant and Jenny Maclachan.

A SPINSTER CLUB EVENING at Easons

Thursday 11th February, 6pm at Easons O’Connell Street, Dublin

Join Holly for an evening of book chat, a reading and Q&A plus lots of other fun activities.

There will be CHEESY WOTSITS!

YA SPEAKEASY

Tuesday 23rd February, 7pm at Drink, Shop, Do, London

Join Holly, fellow Usborne author Kathryn Evans, Eve Ainsworth and Nicci Cloke for readings, cocktails, an utterly ridiculous short story challenge and book signings.

Tickets are free – book your place via Eventbrite.

WORLD BOOK DAY TEENFEST LIVE

Wednesday 2nd March, 6pm at Stratford East Picturehouse, London

Join Holly, Juno Dawson and Sara Barnard for an awesome night of books, writing and creativity at World
Book Day’s first ever live premiere for teens.

Hosted by performance poet, author and playwright LEMN SISSAY. 

Tickets £3 (available via the Picturehouse website)


VERY SPECIAL EVENT IN MANCHESTER – to be announced soon

Sunday 6th March

Stay tuned for more on this soon!

OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL

Saturday 2nd April, 5pm

Three of the very best writers for YA, Sarah Crossan, Sita
Brahmachari and Holly Bourne join forces for a session guaranteed to
entertain, to inspire, and to provoke debate and laughter.

Tickets are available via the festival’s website.

It’s day 2 of #14DaysofLove and we have something very special for you. Here’s a little YouTube treat in the shape of a Quickfire Q&A with Holly. We asked you for your questions and Holly answered them.

We love it – and hope you do too!

Wishing you a very merry normal Christmas

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December is here, hooray! So to celebrate the beginning of the festive season we’re giving you 5 chances to win a signed limited edition of Am I Normal Yet? and a wrapped copy to gift to a friend!

Everyday this week you’ll have the chance to win – starting today! Head over to Holly’s Twitter to enter. All you have to do is Retweet!

Then be sure to follow these lovely lot for more chances to win:

Tuesday 1st December: @maximumpopbooks

Wednesday 2nd December: @MileLongBookS

Thursday 3rd December: @usbornepublishing

Friday 4th December: Books Are My Bag Live Twitter Chat from 7pm

Holly will be doing a live Twitter chat over at @BooksAreMyBag – it’s your LAST CHANCE to win so make sure your ready and logged in at 7pm!

Good luck and Happy Christmas!

World Book Night 2016

I’m so excited to announce that Am I Normal Yet? has been selected for World Book Night 2016! OMFG GUYS OMFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFG! I AM SO EXCITED I WANT TO GO BUY A GOLDEN TOP HAT!

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading that takes place on Saturday 23 April. It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books.

This year, there are 15 books on
the World Book Night list – with Am I Normal Yet? featuring alongside works from amazing authors and poets including Carol Ann Duffy, Matt Haig, Jonathan Coe and Sarah Hilary.

To see the full list of books and to find out more about how and when you can volunteer go to wwww.worldbooknight.org.

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Read an exclusive extract from Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne at http://bit.ly/1RcGJ74.