It has been a long journey but well worth the wait – I am so excited that one of my books closest to my heart, There May Be a Castle, has been adapted for the stage by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane, with music, and puppets by Judith Hope.
I cannot wait to see it, and hope to see you there…
Based on the book by Piers Torday
A Little Angel Theatre production
13 November 2021 – 23 January 2022
On a frozen Christmas Eve, a young boy called Mouse Mallory, and his family, set off across the snow-white valley to visit his grandparents. They never arrive.
When Mouse wakes up, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company. So begins Mouse’s extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.
A 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’s The Smartest Giant in Town and The Pixie and the Pudding.
Praise for the book:
“Original, ingenious and bold … I am still reeling.” – The Sunday Times
“an outstanding book and a future classic” – The School Librarian
There May be a Castle is aimed at ages 7-11.
Based on the book by Piers Torday
Adapted by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane
Directed by Samantha Lane
Music and lyrics by Barb Jungr
Puppets designed by Judith Hope
Set and costumes designed by Ellie Mills
Lighting designed by Sherry Coenen
Image copyright © Rob Biddulph 2016.
Completely astonished and thrilled to announce that There May Be A Castle is now a finalist for the People’s Book Prize 2018/19.
Thank you to all who have voted and supported the book so far, it means the world, for this story is very personal and dear to me.
If you felt able to continue that support, it would be wonderful. Public voting opens here on the 1st April, and you have until the 30th to vote, and the winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Stationer’s Hall on the 8th May.
Completely delighted to learn that There May Be A Castle has been longlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2018 (Children’s)
The People’s Book Prize is a literary competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works – decided exclusively by you, the public.
And you can vote here – it only takes seconds and no need to register
There May Be A Castle has been nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, one of a 121 titles nominated for this 80 year old award.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.
Previous winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal include Neil Gaiman, Sally Gardner, Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis.
Librarians all over the country begin reading the nominated books now in order to make a Longlist announcement on 15 February 2018, with the shortlist announced on 15th March, and the winner revealed on 18th June 2018.
I am thrilled to be listed along with so many other wonderful books and authors – good luck everybody!
Finally, There May Be A Castle is out in paperback! With a fabulous new magical, shiny version of the acclaimed cover by Rob Biddulph.
Just in time for Christmas…
To celebrate, please join me at Waterstones Greenwich on 7th October for the launch, where I’ll be reading, taking questions and signing.
I also have some signed copies to give away, which you can enter to win below: