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Ursula K. Le Guin – Answers your questions for Gollancz Festival 2015

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest writers of our time. Her books have attracted millions of devoted readers and won many awards, including the National Book Award, the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. Among her novels, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and the six books of Earthsea have attained undisputed classic status; and her recent series, the Annals of the Western Shore, has won her the PEN Center USA Children’s literature award and the Nebula Award for best novel. To celebrate Gollancz Festival 2015 she agreed to answer your questions!   Meghan…


Writing Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship

We are thrilled to welcome Aliette de Bodard back to the blog to tell us about the process of writing the prequel to The House of Shattered Wings. Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship is a prequel story set before the beginning of The House of Shattered Wings: actually, it’s set before the beginning of the war between magical factions that devastated the city and led to the ruined and wrecked streets you can see in the novel.  I wasn’t planning to write it. For one thing, I don’t really do prequels very often: I enjoy reading them, but I like writing things in…


Writing Dystopian Coming of Age Fiction

This week on the blog we’ve got two very different guests posts about YA (or not YA) and coming of age in dystopia fiction. We’ve invited Antonia Honeywell, whose book The Ship is published by our sister imprint, W&N, to tell us about the process of writing YA Dystopian Fiction. Tomorrow Sarah Pinborough will be back on the blog discussing YA or not YA. Londoners can see both Antonia,  Sarah and an incredible line up of authors at 7pm at Drink. Shop. Do.  I have a bit of a problem with the labelling of books. Labelling suggests that it’s desirable…