Geraldine McCaughrean Copyright 2013©
September: I shall be revisiting The Story Museum to recount some myths and legends. If you are visiting the
Exhibition that day come along for 11-30 or 2-00. I would be delighted to see you. http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/.
‘ How I made an Exhibition of myself’.
The Story Museum in Oxford – if you find yourself in the
town, make a beeline for it – come up with some really
unusual events. None is more wildly ambitious than the
idea to get 26 authors, dress them up as the story
character they liked best when they were children, and
get a world-class photographer to take pictures of them.
Cambridge Jones – a fabulously famous photographer of
VERY famous people – agreed, and the result is an
exhibition which runs from now till November.
Each author (actually they’re not all authors) has a room
which has been turned into a story grotto, complete with
clouds or trees or snow or a ship’s deck…. Spread over
three floors of the vast rambling Museum which used to
be a telephone exchange.
Jamila Gavin’s is so warm and pretty that it transports you
to a foreign land. There’s a ‘through-the-wardrobe’
Narnia, Philip Pullman as Long John Silver…it seems a
shame to spoil the surprise, though. You have to go and
see it for yourself.
There’s even a recording of each story that you can listen
to while taking in the surroundings.
Here I am, then. And no I’m not going to tell you who I
am, because you have to guess. But if you want a clue:
there’s a very big monster, a very small insect and a
If you want to know more, pay a visit to
Coming to a cinema near you…
Exciting news about The Middle of Nowhere!
Good, clever people want to turn it into a movie, shot in Australia.
Simon Reade and Guy de Beaujeu (who made the film of Private Peaceful) think they can make it happen, and I
Though shortlisted for The Little Rebel Book Award, Middle of Nowhere was pipped at the post by Gillian Cross’s
After Tomorrow , a brilliant story based on the idea “These things don’t just happen to other people. They could
easily happen to you.” Don’t be misled by the name of the prize – I think any young person determined to change
the world for the better might be mightily put off and offended by being called a “Little Rebel”, and After Tomorrow is
not a book for littlies but for hulking great rebels aged ten or more.
The good news is that The Positively Last Performance has been shortlisted for the U.K.L.A. Award Check out the
shortlist yourself, and see if any of your favourite reads of the year have made it into the running.
October 8 – I shall be at the Cheltenham Festival talking about Stories of WWI at 11-45. See the Festival website
“I am my books” Graham Greene