AP scores writer-in-residence and début deal

AP scores writer-in-residence and début deal

Andersen Press author Josh Lacey [pictured] has become the new writer-in-residence at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire.

The author will be working with the centre until June, helping the museum to deliver events and workshops at local schools and on site. Five schools in the county, including Highworth Combined School and Nursery and Millbrook Combined School and Nursery in High Wycombe, will work alongside Lacey, with the project culminating with students creating their own stories. Lacey will use Dahl’s books and characters as well as his own creations to inspire students.

The first events will be two “Dragonsitter Duo” sessions on 9th and 12th April, where Lacey will team up with illustrator Garry Parsons for storytelling and drawing.

Lacey’s books include The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper, the Grk series and The Dragonsitter.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, Andersen fiction editorial director Charlie Sheppard has bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in Why I Went Back by James Clammer, signing the deal with Julia Churchill at the Greenhouse. Churchill described it as having the “otherworldliness and old magic of Alan Garner with a searing contemporary voice”. The story follows 14-year-old Aidan Hale as he secretly goes about delivering all the mail that his postman father has been hiding in the garden shed.