Nerds Unite! The Symbolism in Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom

Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series is one of my favourite fantasy series’ EVER. So much so, that I actually wrote my dissertation on it (and no, I will never stop bringing that up because it was the most fun thing I ever did). So, in celebration of the fact that the new book in the series, Goldenhand, will be published NEXT WEEK *pterodactyl screech echoes across the Ratterlin* I thought I’d post a couple of extracts from my dissertation. I’m actually super proud of this in true nerd-fashion. Once I started looking into the series, I realised just how heavy it is in symbolism, especially when it comes through journey through adolescence, which is obviously one of the most important themes in YA. In this series, the emotional journey is heavily embedded in the landscape through which the characters travel as they mature, and it’s SO COOL!! Continue reading

Gollancz Festival 2016

What is it?

The Gollancz Festival (GollanczFest) is a weekend-long event that this year was held on 17th-18th September at Foyles Charing Cross Road in London. The event consisted of three bookshop panel sessions, two writers’ sessions and a party. The bookshop panels and the writers’ program ran concurrently, so I chose to go to the panels, which were discussions between Gollancz writers. There were also signings at the end of each session, and 10th anniversary editions of The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Blade Itself, The Final Empire and The Stormcaller available to buy, as well as a Gollancz notebook and festival poster. You can check #GollanczFest16 on Twitter to see what everyone got up to! Continue reading