BLOG BREAK Hats, Holidays and Other Hot Topics

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

When Maureen (Em) Lynas unleashed her long-awaited debut novel recently, something spooky happened: WITCHES' HATS! Almost a hundred of them in fact, jauntily perched on profile photos all over Facebook. Jo Wyton shares photos of the many hats in an emotional tribute to a very special friend and writer.

We're well into the summer holidays now, so if your blood pressure is rising and you're looking for some boredom-busting suggestions, check out Catherine Friess's post on fun children's activity books.

Could you choose your favourite picture book? At the recent SCBWI Picture Book Retreat, we had to do exactly that, then discuss what we liked about it with the rest of the group. Paeony Lewis has summarised many of those choices in a bumper article for Picture Book Den, along with links to the videos that Candy Gourlay filmed with each of us.

Continuing the theme, Lucy Rowland tells us all about Picture Book Club - a monthly book club for grown-ups who love picture books. Sounds good to me, especially since they have cake too!

The debate about excessive discounting of books has been a hot topic recently, with the imminent publication of Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage. Rowena House, who has her own debut novel due out next year, bravely wades into the debate in a post for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure.

Finally, Eloise Williams is having a Brian Break. Or is that a brain break? Either way, it's what happens when you drag yourself away from your writing desk and actually live life for a bit. Caution: magical creative things may start to happen...


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him Coming Out with a really big secret (and no, it isn't that he has an owl on his arm)

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