KEEDIE - Elle McNicoll in conversation with Danielle Jawando

Sat Apr 13 2024 at 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Blackwell's Bookshop | Manchester

Blackwell's Manchester
Publisher/HostBlackwell's Manchester
KEEDIE - Elle McNicoll in conversation with Danielle Jawando
Join us for the Manchester launch of Elle McNicoll's KEEDIE, the prequel to her bestselling debut A KIND OF SPARK
About this Event

We're delighted to be hosting the Manchester launch of Elle McNicoll's KEEDIE - the prequel to her much-beloved debut A KIND OF SPARK (our Blackwell's Book of the Year 2020). Telling the origin story of fan favourite Keedie, Addie’s older sister, who is autistic like her, it's a powerful, heartwarming novel about remaining true to yourself. Elle will be in conversation with Danielle Jawando.

Doors: 5.00, starts: 5.30

Tickets are £3.00 or free when ordering a copy of the book. KEEDIE will also be available to purchase on the night and Elle will be signing copies after the talk. If you would like a signed copy but cannot make the event, please contact us on or [email protected] and we can arrange this for you.

About the book:

Set in Juniper five years before A Kind of Spark comes a powerful coming-of-age story from award-winning author Elle McNicoll.

As Keedie and her twin Nina approach their fourteenth birthday, they seem to only be growing further apart. Keedie instead feels drawn to, and fiercely protective of, their quiet younger sister Addie – who on the surface is the opposite of loud and fiery Keedie, but in fact they have more in common than anyone knows.

“A brilliant story of kindness, justice and just a little bit of revenge. Brash, bold and furious, just like Keedie herself.” Lizzie Huxley-Jones

About the author:

Elle McNicoll is a bestselling and award-winning novelist. Her debut, A Kind of Spark, won the Blue Peter Book Award and the Overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, as well as Blackwell’s Book of 2020. She is a three time Carnegie nominated author, and was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Awards 2020, 2021 and 2022, the Branford Boase Award 2020 and The Little Rebels Award 2020 and 2021. She was also honoured in the US with the Schneider Award, 2022. Her second novel, Show Us Who You Are, was Blackwell’s Book of the Month and one of The Bookseller’s Best Books of 2021. Her debut novel, A Kind of Spark, has also been adapted for television, which will be on UK and US screens April, 2023. She is an advocate for better representation of neurodiversity in publishing, and currently lives in North London.

Danielle Jawando is an author and screenwriter. Her debut YA novel, And the Stars Were Burning Brightly, won best senior novel in the Great Reads Award, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the YA Book Prize, the Jhalak Children's & YA Prize, the Branford Boase Award, and was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the UKLA Book Awards and the Amazing Book Awards. Her second novel, When Our Worlds Collided, won the 2023 Jhalak Children's and YA Prize and the 2023 YA Book Prize. Her third novel - If My Words Had Wings - is out in May.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Blackwell's Bookshop, 146 Oxford Road, Manchester, United Kingdom


GBP 3.00 to GBP 7.99

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