ROB KEELEY

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NEWS

14 August 2018

The Frost Magazine feature on High Spirits is published today, as part of its win at the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Awards.  Read it here.

 

 

10 July 2018

Storytimes with My Favourite People

I will be visiting two Storytimes for younger children during the summer, reading My Favourite People:

 

Friday 20 July - at Wallasey Central Library, 17 Earlston Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 5DX - 3.30pm

 

Saturday 11 August - at Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG - 11.00am - to be followed by a signing of the book.

 

Bring the family along - it would be great to see you there!

 

6 June 2018

Award win for High Spirits!

Great news – High Spirits, the fourth novel in my Spirits series of ghostly time travel tales, has won second prize in the Young Adult category of the Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Award!  Formerly the Independent Author Book Awards, this is run by Words for the Wounded and recognises authors in the independent sector.  This is the second time the Spirits series has been recognised at these awards, with The Spirit of London Highly Commended two years ago, but this is the first time any of my books for young people has won an award outright!

 

I’d like to thank the judges of the award and also everyone at Matador involved in the production of High Spirits, particularly Rosie Lowe who was production controller and did a superb cover design.  This is a marvellous recognition of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my books and comes at the perfect time, with the fifth and final Spirits novel coming soon.  It also shows, once again, that indie authors are a force to be reckoned with!

 

My prize is a feature in Frost Magazine, which will include A Day in the Life article I’ve written especially, giving a behind-the-scenes look at High Spirits and a look ahead to the fifth book, The Coming of the Spirits.

 

More news soon, here and on Twitter.  Meanwhile, read about the award here:

http://www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk/index.html

 

 

25 April 2018

The eBook of My Favourite People is now available to journalists, bloggers and other reviewers via NetGalley. Click here!

 

16 April 2018

Pre-order the eBook of My Favourite People on iBooks and get it for just £2.99! Offer ends 26 April when the eBook goes online (at £3.99!). 

 

27 March 2018

My author workshops and creative writing sessions continue successfully, with a World Book Day visit to Bidston Avenue Primary School, and a visit for Get Creative Week to Wirral Libraries with children from West Kirby Primary School.  It's great to meet so many enthusiastic young readers and writers, and to see so many copies of my books sold and borrowed.  It amazes me how many wonderful, exciting stories come out of my Vanishing Book and Story Hunt games, including Jomeo and Ruliet, a giant goldfish and rice pudding running through the streets of London!

 

Would you like a workshop for your school, library or event?  Get in touch and see FREE brochure on the Home page.

 

31 January 2018

I am delighted to have become a patron of the Children's Media Foundation! I'm honoured to be listed alongside great children's producers whose names I've known since my early years. Read about the CMF's wonderful work and support them: http://www.thechildrensmediafoundation.org/about-us/activities

 

26 January 2018

My first picture book for younger children, My Favourite People, is published this summer and has now been added to the site.  Click here to view...

 

15 January 2018

Mixed, Matched, Stewed Together, With A Pickle On Top!  I give my views on fantasy literature for children, blending genres, and a preview of the final Spirits novel in my guest blog for novelist, columnist and PR guru Stewart Bint!

 

https://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/stewart-bints-blog/mixed-matched-stewed-together-with-a-pickle-on-top

 

1 December 2017

Season's Greetings to all my readers!  It's that time of year again, so... a FREE Christmas story, The Yuletide Spirit, has been added to the Extras page!

 

2 October 2017

High Spirits launched successfully on Saturday 30 September at the Wirral Arts Festival.  I was only scheduled to sign for an hour, but this became two and a quarter hours as adults and children kept coming to hear more about the Spirits

series.  As ever, it was lovely to meet my readers and see the joy that a well-written children's book can bring to young people and their families.

 

I'd like once again to thank Linghams Booksellers for their hospitality and the Festival organisers for their kindness - they took some video during the launch so look out for this soon!  Visit https://www.wirralartsfestival.co.uk/

 

Would you like me to come and hold a signing and/or author workshop for your school, library, bookshop, book club...?  Get in touch!  See free brochure on the Home page for more details!

 

14 July 2017

The launch for High Spirits, the latest novel in my Spirits series for the 8-12s, will take place on Saturday 30 September from 2pm at: Linghams Booksellers, 248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

 

Once again, this is the first day of the Wirral Arts Festival so there should be lots happening!  Come and meet me and get your signed copy!  

 

Time, date and details subject to change.  Further details will be posted here or on Twitter @RobKeeleyAuthor. See you there!

 

22 June 2017

The cover for High Spirits has now been added throughout the site!  Read about the book on My Stories...

 

24 April 2017

Have a sneak preview of the new Spirits novel High Spirits: now added to My Stories!

 

More exclusive info on the book can be found in a new interview with me at www.mrsaverageevaluates.co.uk. They will also be reviewing one of my earlier books...

 

4 April 2017

I have been interviewed by up-and-coming journalist Heather Hoy! Find out how I became a robot, a barrister and a published author at: https://poguesfan4ever.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/rob-keeley-the-author-who-writes-traditional-childrens-stories-set-in-the-modern-age/?frame-nonce=f5ec7dadaa

 

26 March 2017

Just had some excellent feedback from Wirral Libraries on the author day I did for them:

 

"Great fun"

"It was just right"

"Thank you, girls age 7+9 really enjoyed it"

 

8/10 said the workshop was brilliant and 2/10 thought it was good. 9/10 actively said they would recommend my workshops to friends.

 

To book your workshop, see my contact details on About Me and download FREE brochure from the Home page. Workshops now include FREE signed books!

 

3 March 2017

The book day that defied a storm!

Librarians, volunteers, young people and I defied Storm Doris last week to make it to

Bebington Central Library on the Wirral, where I was holding my author day. The Friends

of the Library had organised everything brilliantly and we had a fun day for half-term that

was well-attended by local families and included:

 

Two author talks  |  Two Q&A sessions  |  Creative Writing and a Story Hunt around the

library  |  Tuck shop and coffee shop  |  A book stall courtesy of Linghams Booksellers

where I signed copies of the Spirits novels and my short story collections.

 

As always it was great to meet with my readers and hear their own views on writing.

 

View Wirral Libraries' photos of the day on their Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/Wirrallibraries

 

If you'd like me to bring my author workshops to you, get in touch!  Check out the FREE brochure for download on my Home page.

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