BLOG BREAK History, Home and House Clearing

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

Fiction is history! When it's historical fiction, I mean, and Ally Sherrick (AKA Alison Smith) knows all about the subject. Read Ally's guest post for the Historical Writers' Association magazine, on the complexities of writing historical fiction for children.

Addy Farmer has a wonderful knack of turning her blog posts into a warm, collaborative experience. Her most recent post for Notes from the Slushpile harnesses the brains of famous authors and SCBWI members alike, to create a wonderful meditation on the importance of "home" in our stories.

Justin Davies has been helping to clear someone else's home, and in the process discovered a most extraordinary illustrated children's book. Read all about it in his blog post (with pictures!)

Juliet Clare Bell's post for Picture Book Den has no pictures, but that is (unfortunately) by design. Unable to use her hands to write or draw for the last few months, she has had to investigate new ways of brainstorming and organising her ideas. How would you cope without the abilities you take for granted?

Patrice Lawrence is looking back on a whole year since her debut novel Orangeboy came out, packing 12 months of wonderful memories into one big blog post.

Finally, a couple of great illustration posts from the talented Big Little Tale crew. Trish Phillips leads us through the fascinating process of creating an illustrated programme for a theatre production of Oliver! And for all you graphic novel fans out there, Anne-Marie Perks is analysing cinematic openings from three of her favourite graphic novels.


*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!

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