Hi friends! *Waves*
You’ll be pleased to know that this week has been a much happier week in the world of Bookshelves & Biros! Partly because of all of the awesome Harry Potter and The Cursed Child shizzle that we have been treated to this week (CRYING), but also because the last seven days has been full of female authors bringing aaaall of the sass.
Why don’t you snuggle down with that nice cuppa you’ve been craving all day and join me on a lil’ whistle stop tour of the week?
Bookshelves & Biros Photo of the Week
It could only really be this, right?
— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) May 31, 2016
JUST LOOK AT OLD HARRY’S SCAR AND OLD GINNY’S HAIR AND omg it’s so real now.
Bookshelves & Biros Round Up
Oh mama, does it look goooooood. If you’re going too send me a DM on Twitter at @sammie_101 so we can say hi and talk about all of the books and stuff (but mainly just all of the books).
This is just the most on point thing I’ve read this week. Or maybe ever. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner has never been one to mince her words in her books, so I’m not surprised that she’s using her platform to speak so fiercely. THIS is what we need more of in this country.
📷 Meg Rosoff. https://t.co/AFa5YgN0iA
— chris riddell (@chrisriddell50) 31 May 2016
Also, click here to check out the sketch that Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, drew after Rosoff’s speech hit Twitter. It’s great.
Chock another one up for the gals. Nah, but in all seriousness, this was a list of epic proportions and any of the incredible winners would have been more than deserving. I haven’t actually read One yet, but it sounds like such a unique and poignant story. If any of y’all have read it, please let me know what you thought in the comments, I’d love to hear your views!
In addition to Meg Rosoff being balls out awesome, C.J. Flood (author of Nightwanderers) wrote a fab article for the Guardian about how society curbs the freedom of young women. She talks about how difficult it is to write a YA book that explores the wildness and curiosity of girls, without people claiming that she’s encouraging them to be reckless.
“Terrible things happen in spite of the precautions we take, but the world is too glorious and complicated to hide from, and so I urge you to be unafraid, as I will urge my teenage readers to be unafraid, to not curtail your own freedom or listen to those who would have it curtailed, even for your own safety”
I like my coffee as dark as the Dark Lord.
Have a good one, little pumpkin pasties!