Patrick Ness, an author described as ‘the greatest young adult fiction writer of his generation’, will be beamed into classrooms across the UK on 12 June as part of a free webcast for Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live
Young adult fiction fans who watch the event will be plunged into Ness’ darkly complex world, as he discusses the inspiration behind his new and brilliantly imagined YA novel, More Than This.
The webcast, organised by Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland Learning and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, is suitable for children aged 12-16 and will be streamed live from the BBC Scotland Learning website on Thursday 12 June at 1.30pm. It can also be watched after 12 June on the Scottish Book Trust website.
An award-winning novelist who has won the Carnegie Medal twice, Ness is best known for the Chaos Walking trilogy, which comprises The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. The trilogy has won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Prize, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. His sixth book, A Monster Calls, received high critical acclaim and was the winner of the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy National Book Awards, the Red House Children’s Book Award and the UKLA Children’s Book Prize. Patrick has also written for adults.
Commenting on the upcoming event, Patrick said:“Talking to young writers is pretty much the best part of the job for a YA author. I'm really honoured to be asked to be part of Authors Live and have the chance to talk to thousands of young people around the UK. But then, Scottish Book Trust is so amazing, I'd pretty much do anything they asked. Except dress up as an animal."
Jasmine Fassl, Head of Schools at Scottish Book Trust, said:
“I would simply say that if you love stories, then you should tune into this event. Patrick’s mastery of storytelling combined with an imagination that knows no bounds have positioned him as one of the most inspiring and passionate authors of his generation, and I can’t wait to welcome him to the Authors Live stage.”
The award-winning Authors Live programme is an exclusive series of authors’ events streamed live over the internet to provide young people, parents and teachers with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading children’s writers.
Over 800,000 people from 153 countries across the world have tuned in to watch the Authors Live events. The programme began in March 2010 with poet Michael Rosen, followed by author of The Gruffalo and Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. The programme has also seen events from world class authors Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon and many more.
Photographs from the event will be available on 12th June 2014 on request from firstname.lastname@example.org.