Events related to Frances Hardinge and her work.
Frances attended the award ceremony for the Costa Book Awards, where she won the Costa Book of the Year, to her considerable surprise. She then found herself giving somewhat flabbergasted interviews to a number of TV, radio and newspaper outlets. (To be honest, it's all a bit of a blur.)
During January, February and March, Frances visited St Catherine's School in Guildford, Mayville High School in Southsea, Croydon High School for Girls, Haberdasher's Aske School in Elstree, Newton Prep in Battersea, Dauntsey's School in Devizes, and St Olave's and St Saviour's School.
The FAB award is judged by the students of four Wandsworth schools, and since The Lie Tree was shortlisted, Frances was invited to attend and give a speech. The students had prepared ingenious art and drama projects based on the books, and there was cake!
Frances appeared on a panel alongside Philip Reeve, chaired by Philip Womack, and briefly considered changing her name to 'Philip' to avoid confusion.
Frances visited Cobham Hall School in Kent, and Broadford Primary in Romford.
Frances attended the ALA Convention in Orlando, where she was very well looked after by all the librarians and her US publishers Abrams. She gave a speech alongside respected author Terry Farish, in a joint event called 'Threads that Hold a Spine'. Frances also took part in a speed-dating Coffee Klatsch, during which she spent four minutes babbling rapidly at each group of librarians before rushing on to the next.
Frances made an author visit to St Ivo's School in Cambridge.
This was the first time Frances had been back to Ipswich High School, since she was a student there between the ages of 13 and 18! The school has now moved to grand (and rather awe-inspiring) new premises at Woolverstone Hall. Frances presented prizes at the award ceremony, and thankfully wasn't expected to wear her old school uniform, though she wore approximately the right colours to show willing.
Frances ran a workshop for the writing summer school at Keats House, on the theme of choice and decision-making.
Frances participated in the Richmond Battle of the Books at Christ's School.
Panellists: Katherine Woodfine, Robin Stevens, Frances Hardinge, chaired by Imogen Russell Williams
Three contributors from The Crime Club discuss detective fiction, to celebrate the publication of the anthology Mystery and Mayhem.
Imogen Russel-Williams ably chaired a panel featuring Frances, alongside Carnegie-winners Philip Reeve and Tanya Landman.
On a panel chaired by Janet Smyth, Frances and Sarah Perry (author of The Essex Serpent) discussed natural science and the more surprising aspects of the Victorian era. Frances also participated in Amnesty International's Imprisoned Writers Series.
This year FantasyCon by the Sea was held at the Grand Hotel and the Royal in Scarborough. Frances was one of the guests of honour, alongside Adam Nevill and Scott Lynch!
An in-conversation event with John McClay.
Frances and Chris Riddell appeared in conversation with Alex O'Connell, discussing the illustrated edition of The Lie Tree. (The session was greatly improved by Chris's brilliant drawings throughout.)
Frances was delighted and a little stunned to find herself returning to her old college as a guest speaker for Somerville's Literary Lunch. She met with current students and her erstwhile tutors at lunch, then gave a speech in the Flora Anderson Hall.
At the Atlanta-based conference for the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE, Frances gave a speech on the theme 'Feminism and Girl Heroes'.