Intriguing title, right? 🙂 It is actually part of the title of the paper I gave in Kobe(Japan) in March, at the 2018 Asian Conference of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion. Based on aspects of my PHD research, it profiles the philosophical and cultural context of contemporary young adult afterlife fiction, and looks at several works of fiction, including a little about the creation of my own novel, The Ghost Squad, which I’ve written as part of the PHD. For any interested readers, the paper is now available to read online, as part of the published conference proceedings. The link takes you to the abstract, and from there, you can view or download the full paper itself.
Delighted to report that my YA thriller, Jack of Spades, has been longlisted for the 18th Davitt Awards–and it’s in great company too!
Three of my short stories for children, The Magic Carpet, The Old Woman and the Imp, and The Clever Thief are now available with my permission at Read Me A Story, Ink, as free PDF downloads for use as read-alouds in schools, libraries or at home. A Fourth, Cry Wolf, will be available later.
You can access more details here.
Ahead of its release in the US in September, there’s a great review of my and Christopher Nielsen’s picture book, Once Upon an ABC(Little Hare) in Publishers’ Weekly. Here’s a short extract:
Oblique references to folk and fairy tale characters carry readers through the alphabet in this sprightly rhyming picture book. Beginning with Anansi the spider, “both clever and neat,” Masson name-checks specific characters (“C is for Cat, wearing elegant boots”) and describes more general figures (“D is for dragon, safeguarding his loot”). Textured with scratches and speckles and given a muted primary color scheme, Nielsen’s mixed-media images have a sturdy, posterlike presence.
The full review is here.
Delighted to show the gorgeous cover of Building Site Zoo, my picture book with the wonderful illustrator Laura Wood, which will be published in October by Hachette Australia!
Here’s the blurb:
A fun, colourful book that combines two things kids adore – machines and animals!
‘Every morning on our walk we see an amazing zoo, full of astonishing animals. Come and see them too!’
A sister, brother and grandpa walk through town on their way to school, passing lots of construction sites as they go, seeing all the busy machines. They imagine that each one is an animal – the concrete mixer’s big round belly is like a hippo’s, the digger stretches its long neck like a giraffe, and the jackhammer hops up and down like a kangaroo.
Vibrant and engaging whimsical fun for machine-mad kids.
Delighted to see a lovely review of Once Upon an ABC, my picture book with illustrator Christopher Nielsen, on the Awfully Big Blog Adventures blog. The review is by my friend and fellow writer Adele Geras, who not only writes fabulous books but fabulous reviews too! The review is here.
I’ve just uploaded a very brief video on You Tube which gives a small insight into why I write..It’s part of a project called #Iwritebecause, an initiative of Reedsy for the benefit of the fabulous charity Room to Read, for which I’m a Writer Ambassador.
It will be on the Reedsy blog too.