Monday, 10 March 2014

New covers and new books





Here are the new covers for BEAST, BERSERK and BEDLAM. I think they look great. What do you think?

New Book Update: 
It's happening! Due to deliver it to my publishers on May 1st. Currently being tinkered with and road tested. It is for readers age 8/9 + and is a story about the supernatural, oh and a boy called Donald Memphis.

Am still thinking of a title…

Recent school visits.

Thanks to Shapwick School
Lydeard St Lawrence Primary and
West Somerset College

For some great school visits.

Awards

I am looking forward to representing Midnight Pirates at
the Dudley Book Award and The Stockton Book of The Year in the next couple of weeks, and then the East Sussex and the Rotherham Book Awards in June. I am very pleased about these, but now back to THE BOOK.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Update

I am writing a new book for children aged 8+ with a large supernatural element... I aim to deliver it at the beginning of April and it will hopefully be published by Scholastic early in 2015.

No title yet. Any suggestions?

In the last few weeks I have visited

Braunton Academy
Bideford College
South Molton Community School
Uffculme School.
The Castle School, Taunton

I am soon to visit Axminster School in Devon and Ridgeway School in Swindon.

But now it's back to The Book.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Reading Challenge

Tomorrow I will be Guest Speaker at Taunton Preparatory School Parents' Day.
I am planning to set an epic reading challenge. I was very inspired by my trip to Tavistock College, Carnegie Medal shadowing event, (Congratulations to Sally Gardner and Maggot Moon who won the medal this year) where I met 3 girls from a Plymouth school, who had read all the books on the longlist, that's over 50 books in 5 months, and they were reading them for pleasure!

Here are just some of the children's books that I think are fantastic (this is my only criteria) that I'm going to challenge the children to read, for the sheer love of reading, in the next few years. There are many many more I think should be included but I won't have time tomorrow to mention them all. (or fit them in the crate)


What books would you have on your challenge list?

Friday, 24 May 2013



I LOVE NaNoWriMo, the movement that challenges anyone to write 50,000 words in a month... for fun!
So I was delighted to be interviewed by them. Here I am talking about mixing babies with book deadlines

http://blog.lettersandlight.org/post/51231553389/i-published-my-nano-novel-ally-kennen-on-revision-and




Thursday, 16 May 2013

Past lives...music

All right. Very rarely I am asked EXACTLY what singing and songwriting I mention in my BIOG. (And NO I will not sing at your book event unless you provide an 11 piece band, thank you very much) (though I did sing a Pentangle folk song at a book festival in Sardinia once, but was under EXTREME pressure, so it served them right)
SO here is a selection.






Epiphany  (above)  is a track I wrote and recorded with Dan Brown http://danbrownmusic.co.uk/ a few years ago..


Here'sn a track I recorded for band Elevator Suite, a cover of Idris Muhammad's 'I Feel Music'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3GCcnkjd_E


I co-wrote a song with Dance band Way Out West about a hundred years ago. Here is the mix I like best (bit sad and gloomy mind)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grql-7AkKEU




HARD HOUSE
Ha ha ha!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWdNW7W3k7g

I never knew this existed. It's a version of the song 'Silence' by the excellent Sarah McLachlan. In my 20's I did a number of singing sessions for international DJ Steve Hill, recording songs like this for a session fee, with the brief to try and make them sound as much like the original as possible, which were then turned into banging hard house and trance mixes(!) (most of them I never knew about) I've started to track some of them down. Goodness me! I'm not on the credits, but it is me warbling away. Anyway, this track is rather good fun (said in Jolly Aunty Voice)

Might post some more tracks here at a later date WATCH OUT!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Oo La La!

Look at this! Smashing French Edition of SPARKS. This is fantastique, mais oui.

And here is the full size picture. Really cool.


Monday, 25 February 2013

Booktrust review of Midnight Pirates



Two new reviews of Midnight Pirates

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/books/32798

http://fictavia.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/midnight-pirates-ally-kennen/


Events
I am off to Uffculme School in Devon this week, then a mini tour talking about Midnight Pirates for World Book Day/Week at schools in and around London.

I will also be at the Leipzig Book Festival in Germany later in March, talking about Bullet Boys.