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Irish Writers Centre Climate Writing Group: Writing for a Change

Please join us for the third session of 2022 of the Irish Writers Centre Climate Writing Group: Writing for a Change. There is no fee for attending these sessions, they are a gift to all writers to take away and use in their work. Special guests include Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild trilogy, and Gerry McGovern, author of World Wide Waste.

Lynn Buckle is a Deaf/hard-of-hearing author, artist, activist, and tutor. Her novel What Willow Says, published by époque press, won the international Barbellion Prize for ill and disabled authors in 2022. It is a celebration of deafness, nature, and the language of trees. Other work includes her debut novel The Groundsmen, several anthologies, and literary articles for The Irish Times and Books Ireland Magazine. She is the recipient of many literary awards, most recently as Ireland’s representative as a UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence 2021 at the UK National Centre for Writing. She is the judge of several writing competitions and founder of the IWC Climate Writers’ Group – part of the world-wide climate writers’ movement, working for a positive future, affecting change through fiction.

Twitter @Lynn_Buckle
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Gerry McGovern has published eight books. His latest, World Wide Waste published by Silver Beach in 2020, examines the impact digital technology has on the environment and what can be done about it. He developed Top Tasks, a research method which helps identify what truly matters to people. The Irish Times has described Gerry as one of five visionaries who have had a major impact on the development of the Web. Join Gerry for some practical advice on what we can do, as authors, to reduce our carbon footprint during the physical act of writing our books.

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 2022

Barnes Children's Literature Festival 2022

Delighted to be returning to this brilliant festival for an animated, interactive insight into how I  became a writer, what inspires me and why he has returned to the Last Wild world for my latest book, and sequel to the series, The Wild Before.

Suitable for ages 8+


See festival website for more details:

Please especially note that ticket holders 11 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult (who must also purchase a ticket unless otherwise indicated for specific events) in order to gain entry to a venue and to remain in the venue for the duration of the performance. The Festival reserves the right to refuse entry to unaccompanied ticket holders who are 11 years of age and under.

Hay Festival 2022 : Schools Programme

Piers Torday


KS2 | CA2

Festival Friends Stage

Piers Torday inspired a generation of readers with his best-selling, award-winning trilogy The Last Wild. Now, readers can re-enter that world with the stunning prequel novel The Wild Before. Piers explores the topical and timeless themes of his stories, combining environmental awareness, friendship and hope, in this captivating event.

Wealden Literary Festival

Thrilled to be joining The Wealden Literary Festival this year for this special Wild Before event.


The Wild Before is a stunning prequel to Piers Torday’s award-winning, bestselling The Last Wild trilogy, touching on timely themes of climate change, friendship, and above all, hope.

One stormy, snowy night, a pure silver calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm by the light of the moon. This is the legendary Mooncalf, whose arrival has been foretold since the dawn of time.

According to a dream passed down from animal to animal, if the calf dies, a great terribleness will come -rising seas, a plague, skies raining down fire, the end of all things… and Little Hare vows to persuade all the animals to protect Mooncalf, whatever the cost.

But it’s easier said than done, and soon Little Hare realises that he is the only one who can save the world…

AFCC: The Role of Stories: Why We Write for Children

Delighted to be taking part in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2022. In this lecture I unpack the importance and function of stories in nurturing the development of children. I also delve into the creative process of writing stories with a purpose.

(This lecture can be attended as part of the Festival Pass or via a separate lecture ticket.)

CLPE presents: Children’s Fiction and Climate Change

CLPE Earth Day

To coincide with Earth Day 2022, CLPE is thrilled to be hosting a very special online panel discussion featuring three acclaimed children’s authors – Sita Brahmachari, Hannah Gold and Piers Torday – on climate change in children’s books. Drawing on their own novels, these authors will discuss how to tell stories that will lead the way to a better future, and inspire climate education in schools.

The conversation, led by CLPE’s Librarian Phoebe Demeger, will cover such topics as:

•    The Importance of Hope
•    Giving Children Agency to Make a Difference
•    Inclusivity
•    The Weight of Responsibility
•    The Role of All Fiction

There will also be an opportunity to ask your own questions of our panellists.

We have partnered with Peters to offer an exclusive discount on Hannah, Piers and Sita’s books. Head to Peters to use this discount. 

About the authors

Hannah Gold: Hannah Gold worked in the film and magazine industries before taking time out to pursue her dream of writing. The Last Bear, published by HarperCollins Children’s Booksis her middle-grade debut which became an instant classic and international bestseller on release in 2021. It was shortlisted for both the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize & the Blue Peter Book Awards, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as being The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week.

Piers Torday: Piers began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards.

Sita Brahmachari: Sita won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her debut Artichoke Hearts and is one of the most interesting and important voices in children’s books today. Tender Earth was awarded an honour by the International Board of Books for Young People, and her most recent novel, Where The River Runs Gold, published to great acclaim in July 2019.

Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival

Delighted to be returning to the wonderful Chiddingstone Castle for their Literary Festival Schools Day this May:

Years 5, 6 and 7

11:15 – 12:15

Piers Torday – The Wild Before

Join award-winning and critically acclaimed author, Piers Torday, for an animated, interactive insight into how he became an author, what inspires him and the importance of sharing stories. Hear how he learned to write books through The Last Wild Trilogy, and why he has returned to this world in his latest book, and sequel to the series, The Wild Before. Bestselling author Piers is the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.


‘The new master of books for children’ The Times.

Creating Memorable Characters in Middle Grade Fiction

Every author has the same ambition: for readers to become totally immersed in your book and connect with the cast of characters you’ve created, following their every step and then imagining their lives beyond the final page.

Join me for this workshop dedicated entirely to the craft of creating complex characters that strike a chord with your intended readership, and insight into the art of developing character arcs. This session makes up part of the Writers & Artists Children’s & YA Fiction Festival 2022, and attendees can expect a practical session involving writing exercises and discussion. 30 minutes will also be reserved for Q&A.

Exclusive Content

All attendees reserving a place at this event also receive free access to An Introduction to Children’s Publishing in 2022, a video interview with Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’  & Artists’ Yearbook. A link to the interview will be circulated by email ahead of the festival, and remain available to view for one week.

The festival is partnering with The Little Bookshop Leeds and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase all festival books directly with them.

There May Be A Castle

There May Be a Castle

There May Be A Castle

03 Dec–23 Jan 2022


Based on the book by Piers Torday

For everyone over 7

Book Tickets

£14.00 Adult£12.00 Child (age 1-17)

All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

Running Time

One hour 30 minutes, including a 15 minute interval

At Little Angel Theatre
14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN

“Like I said, kid, it’s your story. Are you ready?”

On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and family are on their way across the snow-white valley to their Grandpa’s house. But they never arrive.

Instead, Mouse makes friends with a dinosaur that can change size, a glamorous but sarcastic horse and a tone-deaf minstrel who never stops singing!

Together, they embark upon an extraordinary quest in search of a castle – but will they find it before the dangerous pink knight catches up with them?

This remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from award-winning writer Piers Torday, is adapted into a musical puppetry production by the creators of Little Angel Theatre’s The Singing Mermaid and The Smartest Giant in Town.

The Child in the Snow

The Child in the Snow

Presented by Wilton’s Music Hall

26th November to 31st December . 7.30pm Monday – Saturday; Weekly matinees; 2.30pm.
£12.50 – £36 full price, £10 – £32 concessions
Previews 27th November – 1st December
BSL Interpreted Performance, 8th Dec

From the writer who brought you Wilton’s Christmas Carol, A Sunday Times Best Christmas Show of 2019 and the much-loved The Box of Delights.
Whatever you do, no matter how much he cries, don’t go out in the snow.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s famous seasonal ghost story is brought to the stage for the very first time, in a thrilling, frightening and utterly original adaptation.

1918. A nurse, recently back from the front, is haunted by her wartime experience. But when she finds herself at a séance, recalling memories of a lonely childhood Christmas on the Northumbrian moors, she also unearths a dark secret that refuses to remain in the shadows…

Spine chilling festive drama in Britain’s oldest surviving grand music hall from the team that brought you The Box of Delights.