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...

Right, so I guess summer's over, but I'm happy anyway because the movie of A MONSTER CALLS started shooting today!  That's amazing.  I'm a very lucky boy.  It's got Liam Neeson as the Monster, Felicity Jones as Conor's mum, and the legend Sigourney Weaver as Grandma.  I'm so excited I can barely sit down.  It shoots for about five months, has a year and a bit of post-production for special effects (there are a lot) and is out in 2016.

In the meantime, I'm in Berlin all next week at the Berlin Literature Festival, should you want to pop by.  I'm doing several events, so come along!


A Monster Calls cast announcement!

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I'm VERY pleased to be able to finally tell you that the amazing Sigourney Weaver is going to play Conor's Grandma in the film of A Monster Calls.  She joins Liam Neeson as the Monster and Felicity Jones as Conor's Mum.  It's EXCITING!  Also, I'm totally freaking out.  But exciting.  Very.

I had a GREAT time at the Edinburgh Book Festival over the weekend.  So glad to see so many of you!  One of my events was the inaugural Siobhan Dowd Memorial Lecture.  I got asked quite a lot if people could read it, so I've put the whole thing (it's longish) up on my Tumblr.  It's a personal sort of journey, asking myself why I write for young people.  Hope you like it (read from the bottom up)!

Greetings to the new commenters...

NEW BOOK TITLE

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Want to know the title of my next book?  Do ya?  No?  Yeah?  Well, okay, then, it's called...

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

It's not out until next year (I know), but you can read a bit more about it here on my new TUMBLR!  Look at all the new stuff today.

 

The Edinburgh Festival started today, and I've got two events on 16 August!  The first, a book event for More Than This (and all my other books, too) is SOLD OUT but people do drop out on the day, so check into standby tickets!  You stand a very good chance.

The second is in the evening, I'm giving the first ever Siobhan Dowd Memorial Lecture.  It looks, surprisingly, like I might end up talking about love. Hm.  Anyway, Iongest speech I've ever given, so I'm nervy and freaked.  Come along!

And as I said before, 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 (including Rika, who left early).  Hope to see you all soon.

Giveaways of the new US paperbacks!

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Hey, have you seen the BRAND NEW paperbacks of the Chaos Walking Series in America?  They just came out, along with the More Than This paperback, and include all the bonus short stories!

To celebrate, my publishers Candlewick are running #NoiseforNess giveaways on Twitter (so follow them! @Candlewick) starting on Monday, 4 August. 

RIGHT NOW THO, you can enter to win a set of all four new paperbacks on some REALLY awesome blogs.  So go check out Booksmugglers, Insatiable Readers, Read Breathe Relax, Katie's Book Blog, Good Books and Good Wine, Anna Reads BooksThere's A Book and YA Bibliophile for your chance to win now (and also to read some very fine blogging on each).

Books galore!  Good luck.

Long time no see!

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I know, I know, but I've been on my summer holiday, and frankly, we all need breaks from the internet now and again, no?  If you said no, maybe you should seek some gentle help.

Part of that holiday was in Barcelona, where I also did a whole lot of work on the A Monster Calls film!  It's amazing, the stuff the filmmakers are doing, wait 'til you see.  Shooting starts in eight weeks!  Out in 2016 (lots of effects work to do).

Upcoming events include two 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!

And as I said before, 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 all the new commenters while I was away.  Some lovely, lovely stuff, I really do read and appreciate them all.  Thanks!

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.