A Day in the Life: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison of Freshers

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison have collaborated to bring us Freshers, one of the most hotly anticipated YA books of the summer from Chicken House Books. Here they address what it’s like collaborating on a novel together, tackling procrastination and the importance of reading your writing out loud.


Our typical writing day changes massively depending on which stage we’re at in the writing process. If we’re working on the first draft of a book, we don’t really even meet up in person: we will just write separately, emailing chapters back and forth and continuing the story that way, like an extremely elaborate game of ‘Consequences’.  Continue reading “A Day in the Life: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison of Freshers”


Publishing Round-up: 8th June 2017

DBvPH4HWAAsoWXF.jpgNaomi Alderman’s The Power Wins
the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Naomi Alderman’s The Power won the Baileys Prize at a ceremony last night. The Power, published by Penguin UK, was chosen from a shortlist of six, taking the top spot against

Stay With Me by Ayọbámi Adébáyọ
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Read more here.

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April Book Swap

For our latest social we put on a Book-Swap at Mad-Hatters in Edinburgh. It was a good excuse to have a nosy at what kind of books we’re all into whilst having a drink and a chat at the same time. If you missed out, fear not! We have monthly events that usually have social drinks afterwards, and we’ll be having another social event soon.