Tea and Tales: Adventures in Queer YA Fiction

So I’m writing a Young Adult novel with queer characters, which just happens to be a kind of magical realism style fantasy. Really, it’s a romance, in which one of the characters coincidently has some magical powers. And we all know that you have to read to write. Except in recent years, I’ve been pretty…

Tea and Tales: The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane

This is a book which took me over a year to read. Not because I disliked it, but because its reading takes dedicated time, energy and thought. It is not a book to read in bed when tired and hoping to relax into sleep. It is a book to read to be forced to think,…

Tea and Tales: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

Sometime ago now, whilst travelling around the UK and France with my parents, I read this book as part of the d.@rt Centre Book Club and immediately wanted to write something about it, but my time was swallowed up in travel and subsequently, music. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one…