Patrick Ness
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Welcome, finally, to my website. Visit, graze, leave a comment, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then go out reading...

It's YALC on Saturday!  I'm on a couple panels and doing a signing session, plus there's all of Comic Con to see.  So come along if you can.  It'll be enjoyable chaos.

I'm also doing two events at the Edinburgh Festival on 16 August.  First a book event for More Than This (and all my other books, too), and then I'm very honored to give the first ever Siobhan Dowd Memorial Lecture.  Come along!

If you are a Deutsche Leser, then I'm at the Berlin Literature Festival in September for a WHOLE BUNCH of things, including the Children's Program Keynote Address.  Come along if you're in my favourite world city!

Greetings to the new commenters!

A busy month, but productive. I've just turned in my next book. It's for teenagers and, all things being well, it'll be out next summer. That's all I'm going to tell you for now :-)

The Edinburgh Festival is open for booking today!  I have two events there on 16 August, a book event in the morning about More Than This, and then in the evening, I'm very honored to be delivering the first annual Siobhan Dowd Memorial Lecture.  Come along to both!  It's a big room to fill twice...

Greetings to the new commenters (I can't really answer your essay questions, I'm afraid). Now off to Norwich to speak to Norwichians!

Two big new programs (that I'm on) were announced this week!  The first ever YA Literary Convention (as part of London Film & Comic Con) and the Edinburgh Festival.

First up is YALC, on 12-13 July.  I'm there on the 12th with two panels, one about dystopias with Malorie Blackman and another about Doctor Who with loads of people. Come along, the schedule's amazing.

Then I'm at the Edinburgh Festival!  I'm doing a book event on the morning of Saturday, 16 August (so do come to that), and then in the evening I'm doing the first annual Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture.  Which will be cool.

Don't forget, too, that I'm in Norwich at the end of June, too.  I'm doing the City of Stories Event as part of the FLY Festival in Norwich.  Slightly confusingly, there are two separate allocations of tickets.  There are a few left from the Festival itself (try them first here), and then there are a bunch for different seats available from Norwich Playhouse here.  Try both to get the best seat.

The next day, 25 June, I'm with the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, doing a schools event at 1.30, then an evening event open for anybody at 7pm, in Aylsham.  Their website is here, but email Marilyn Brocklehurst for details. 

Finally, I did a fantastic Authors Live event yesterday for BBC Scotland and Scottish Booktrust, and the first clips are up here. UPDATE! The whole event is online now.  I look a bit plump and I'm the beigest person ever born, but it's not too bad.  Have a look.

Working, working...

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Gosh, it's been a busy year, hasn't it?  I've been away from home for something like 61 nights this year so far, have heard the flight safety briefing 28 times (in several languages) and have been to three different continents.  No wonder I get so sleepy.

But I'm working, I'm working.  Nearly done with the first draft of my next book (out next year some time, all things being well), been working hard on the A Monster Calls movie script as we lead up to shooting (wow!), as well as other movie work, which has been a nice surprise.  So it's not like I'm earning my keep.

In the meantime, I've also been doing events, including this week in Glasgow:  First on Wednesday night at Waterstones Braehead in Glasgow at 630pm.  Book your tickets here.  The next day, I'm doing an Authors Live event for the wonderful Scottish Booktrust, open for schools to log-in and watch.

Then on 24 June, I'm doing the City of Stories Event as part of the FLY Festival in Norwich.  Slightly confusingly, there are two separate allocations of tickets.  There are a few left from the Festival itself (try them first here), and then there are a bunch for different seats available from Norwich Playhouse here.  Try both to get the best seat.

The next day, 25 June, I'm with the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, doing a schools event at 1.30, then an evening event open for anybody at 7pm, in Aylsham.  Their website is here, but email Marilyn Brocklehurst for details. 

Greetings to the new commenters, more soon...

Sakura medal and events soon!

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Just found out (from a commenter on the comments page!) that A Monster Calls has won the Sakura Medal, voted on by schools in Japan.  Which is awesome!

I've got a couple events coming up very soon:  On 11 June, I'm first doing an event at Waterstones Braehead in Glasgow at 630pm.  Book your tickets here.  The next day, I'm doing an Authors Live event for the wonderful Scottish Booktrust, open for schools to log-in and watch.

Then on 24 June, I'm doing the City of Stories Event as part of the FLY Festival in Norwich.  Slightly confusingly, there are two separate allocations of tickets.  There are a few left from the Festival itself (try them first here), and then there are a bunch for different seats available from Norwich Playhouse here.  Try both to get the best seat.

The next day, 25 June, I'm with the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, doing a schools event at 1.30, then an evening event open for anybody at 7pm, in Aylsham.  Their website is here, but email Marilyn Brocklehurst for details. 

Then of course in July, there's YALC!  Come to YALC in London.  Details here.  TONS of interesting stuff.

Are you a male actor between 10-13 in the UK? Do you know one? They're holding open auditions for Conor in A Monster Calls this week.

It's very short notice: Manchester TOMORROW, then Bristol on Thursday and London on Friday. Please go to my Twitter feed for all details, follow all instructions, and good luck! 

Rolling Stone's Best Ever YA Books

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Rolling Stone magazine have picked The Knife of Never Letting Go as one of the Best Ever YA Books.  Which is quite nifty.  It's a really wide-ranging list, too, not all the usual suspects.  Check it out.

In the meantime, don't forget I've got upcoming events!  Yes, I do!  On 11 June, I'm first doing an event at Waterstones Braehead in Glasgow at 630pm.  Book your tickets here.  The next day, I'm doing an Authors Live event for the wonderful Scottish Booktrust, open for schools to log-in and watch.

Then on 24 June, I'm doing the City of Stories Event as part of the FLY Festival in Norwich.  Slightly confusingly, there are two separate allocations of tickets.  There are a few left from the Festival itself (try them first here), and then there are a bunch for different seats available from Norwich Playhouse here.  Try both to get the best seat.

The next day, 25 June, I'm with the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, doing a schools event at 1.30, then an evening event open for anybody at 7pm, in Aylsham.  Their website is here, but email Marilyn Brocklehurst for details. 

Then of course in July, there's YALC!  Come to YALC in London.  Details here.  TONS of interesting stuff.

I'm working on events for Dublin and a few in August, so stay tuned!

Next week, I'm at the Lillehammer Book Festival, doing a number of events, so hope to see some Norwegian readers there.  My grandfather immigrated to the US from Norway, so I've got roots.

On 11 June, I'm first doing an event at Waterstones Braehead in Glasgow at 630pm.  Book your tickets here.  The next day, I'm doing an Authors Live event for the wonderful Scottish Booktrust, open for schools to log-in and watch.

Then on 24 June, I'm doing the City of Stories Event as part of the FLY Festival in Norwich.  Slightly confusingly, there are two separate allocations of tickets.  There are a few left from the Festival itself (try them first here), and then there are a bunch for different seats available from Norwich Playhouse here.  Try both to get the best seat.

The next day, 25 June, I'm with the Norfolk Children's Book Centre, doing a schools event at 1.30, then an evening event open for anybody at 7pm, in Aylsham.  Their website is here, but email Marilyn Brocklehurst for details. 

Then of course in July, there's YALC!  Come to YALC in London.  Details here.  TONS of interesting stuff.

I'm working on events for Dublin and a few in August, so stay tuned!

Kept trying to post this over the weekend, but my hosting server was down.  I'm at the fab indie bookstore Lutyens & Rubenstein tomorrow night in London!  It's at 7pm, tix available here.  Looks like a good crowd, come along!

Next week, I'm in Norway, at the Norsk Litteraturfestival in Lillehammer! It's the country of my people! I'll be only of average height! Do come along, I'm doing several events and am very excited. 

Also VERY excited to confirm that the Monster Calls film is moving along very well indeed. The amazing Felicity Jones is playing the mother and it's only LIAM NEESON PLAYING THE MONSTER! Awesome, yeah? So happy.

That article has a number of small inaccuracies in it, but don't worry, all's well.  I keep being asked about the Chaos Walking films, too.  Let's just say, I know a number of very cool things about that, but I can't say yet.  I will the instant I'm allowed to, I promise

I've been away (again) in Budapest and Barcelona (for work), but I'm back in England.  And I'm touring it!  Starting tomorrow with you, Hull.  Come see me! 

Hull, 7 May, 5.30pm - I'm doing the 4th Annual Children's Writing Event at Hull University. All welcome, details here.

York, 8 May, 7pm - An event at Waterstones York. Ticket info here.

Birmingham, 9 May, 1.45pm - Schools event at the fab new Birmingham Library. Selling out quickly, details here.

London, 13 May, 7pm - Rare London event at indie bookstore Lutyens & Rubenstein. Ticket info here.

Lillehammer, Norway, 21-22 May - Several events at the Norsk Litteratur Festival. Come along! My granddad was Norwegian!

Norwich, 24 June, 7.30pm - Norwich Writers Center & FLY Festival event at Norwich Theatre. Slightly confusingly, there are two separate ticket allocations: the one for the Fest is here (only a few left, but try it first) and the rest from the theatre here (tho their website goes up and down a bit).

Greetings to all the new commenters, and as for writing advice, I've got tons of it!  Check out the Writing tab above.  There's a link to a huge set of writing tips I wrote for Booktrust.  More soon.