As usual, this blog is half-asleep, even though I’d planned a grand blog post to celebrate what is, today, my 10-year anniversary of arriving in the UK. Funnily enough, after Brexit, my anniversary enthusiasm declined a bit, and I never got round to it.
However, as the new academic year is just starting, let me – literally in-between two supervisions – post a tiny update with some blog posts I’ve written over the summer on other platforms, mostly about (surprise!) children’s literature, some academic, some not so much:
- Politically committed children’s literature? Sounds like brainwashing to me – on the Talking Humanities blog – 27/09/2016
- Children’s jokes – 28/08/2016
- Adolescence Amnesia – 28/09/2016
- My Summer of Self-Translating – 28/07/2016
- The proposal – 28/06/2016
- How long does it take to write a book? – 28/05/2016
- Writing a gender-neutral character – 28/04/2016
As always, I’m much more active on my French blog. And as always, a lot has been happening on the French side. I can now announce, however, that my French YA book Les petites reines, which I’m apparently allowed to call a bestseller, and which has sold to the cinema, the theatre, and won a good bunch of major national awards in France (yeah, yeah, bragging is bad, don’t do it, etc.) – that novel, then, will come out in Britain in summer next year thanks to Pushkin Press; carefully, perhaps clumsily, and to no small degree creatively, translated by me.
More on that, including title and cover, closer to the date.
The Sesame Seade series, meanwhile, has crossed the Channel in the other direction: it will come out in French next year with publisher Rageot. I still don’t know what they’ll call Sesame! (not translating that one)
Next supervision about to start! Till next time…