NEWS & EVENTS

BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL

If you’ll be in or around Bradford on Saturday 2 July 2022, please join me for one of the family events and book signings I’ll be doing as part of the city’s Literature Festival.

Both events will be at Waterstones (The Wool Exchange, Hustlergate, Bradford BD1 1BL.)

From 9.45-10.30am there will be lots of lively picture book fun for children aged 3+, and I’ll be reading and signing my latest book, MONSTER! HUNGRY! PHONE!.

Full details and how to book, here: https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/monster-hungry-phone/

Then from 12.45-1.30pm I’ll take young readers (if they’re feeling brave enough) on a lively, laugh-out-loud journey into my interactive book for 5-9 year-olds, WHERE THE BUGABOO LIVES.

Full details and how to book, here: https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/event/where-the-bugaboo-lives/

STORYSMITH BOOKSHOP BRISTOL

Calling all book-loving Bristol families!

Come and join me for some Saturday morning picture book fun at the welcoming Storysmith Bookshop at 236 North Street, Bristol BS3 1JD.

On Saturday 28th May from 10am, I’ll be reading and signing my latest picture book – which features a very noisy but very loveable monster.

Age 3+. FREE but you need to book a space. All details here: https://storysmithbooks.com/product/sean-taylor-monster-hungry-phone-event/

PAPERBACK TRAILER

Sunny days are on their way. HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL is out in paperback. And here’s our trailer…

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‘HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL by Sean Taylor is a reminder that the coolest thing is to be yourself.’ ― The Daily Telegraph

‘This 3 year old thought this book was hilarious! Before we read it together, she sat down and looked at the pages on her own and giggled away loudly at the pictures … When I asked her what she liked best she said ‘the silliness’. It’s a wonderful book.’ — Parent on Toppsta

‘Taylor and Jullien’s joyful, zingy and high-colour graphic picture book is brilliant fun for reading together – the high contrast and thick black outlines as well as the nice clear font make it super accessible while being stylish and silly with plenty of great phrases to copy. There’s also a lovely message about enjoying yourself and not worrying what other people think.’ ― BookTrust

POETRY MASTERCLASS

Young people across the UK are spending Saturday mornings at their local university, college or museum discovering subjects they love.

Saturday Clubs are open to 13–16-year-olds of all abilities and are free to attend.

I was pleased to run a Poetry Masterclass for the ‘Writing and Talking’ group at London Metropolitan University this year.

We had a memorable, creative morning. Some beautiful poems were written.

Joining a National Saturday Club is a way of learning new skills, making friends, and finding out more about further education and careers. If you are interested in finding out more, follow this link: https://saturday-club.org/ .

MONSTER! HUNGRY! PHONE!

My latest book is about a monster who wants something to eat. What’s more, he wants it in a hurry. So he picks up his phone.

But what happens if you’re in such a hurry, you keep on dialling the wrong number?!

I remember writing MONSTER! HUNGRY! PHONE! – almost as an afterthought – when working on other picture book stories back in 2018. It’s only 177 words long.

So it’s a treat to see how it has caught the imagination since it was published, by Bloomsbury , in January 2022.

Waterstones have chosen it as one of their Children’s Books You Need to Read in 2022: https://www.waterstones.com/blog/the-childrens-books-you-need-to-read-in-2022 

It’s Julia Eccleshare’s Pick of the Month at @readingforkids. She says: “MONSTER! HUNGRY! PHONE! The three words…brilliantly capture the wit & simplicity of this vividly imagined story.’

The Guardian calls it: ‘A shouty, colourful picture-book romp, begging to be read aloud with gusto.’

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/28/childrens-and-teens-roundup-the-best-new-picture-books-and-novels

And follow this link for a delight-filled review from Picture Book Snob!

https://www.picturebooksnob.com/post/monster-hungry-phone

I loved working with French illustrator Fred Benaglia on this title. His dynamic, vibrant illustrations perfectly match the text.

And I can reveal that MONSTER! HUNGRY! PHONE! is the first in a series. So our very noisy (but very loveable) monster is going to be back before long, with more comic adventures…

HOW TO BE COOLER THAN STROUD

Join me for some HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL fun in Stroud on the morning of Sunday, 7th November 2021.

This lively family event will be part of the Stroud Book Festival – which is going to feature a host of special authors this year.

And it’s LIVE!

For the details, including how to get tickets, follow this link:

PICTURE BOOK WRITING COURSE

Interested in becoming a picture book writer? This autumn I’ll be teaching my popular online evening course for Goldsmiths, University of London.

Themes explored will include beginnings and endings, creating characters that children will love, how to ‘keep writing young’, the music of languaged and how to create page-turning stories.

The course starts on 12th October and runs for 10 weeks – on Tuesday nights from 6.30-8.30pm,. It will be a journey into the craft of writing picture book stories, and I’ll be helping all participants come up with one of their own.

Additional features:

  • one to one tutorial.
  • question and answer session with Maria Tunney, Senior Editor at Walker Books.

Full details and how to book here:

https://www.gold.ac.uk/short-courses/writing-picture-books/

INSTAGRAM LIVE

If you are an Instagrammer, look out for the Instagram Live conversation I will be having with my editor at Walker Books, Maria Tunney on Friday 14th May 2021 at 2pm, UK time.

I’ll be live in my writing attic in Bristol. We will be talking about my latest book HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL, how I write, the craft of making picture books and more besides. Hope you can join us.

HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL

My latest picture book is a slapstick celebration of being yourself, from the team behind HOOT OWL, MASTER OF DISGUISE and I WANT TO BE IN A SCARY STORY.

HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL published by Walker Books, 6 May 2021

As part of the book’s launch you can join me online at The Stratford Literary Festival for some picture book fun, a reading of HOW TO BE COOLER THAN COOL…and a real cool song. Available from Sunday 16th May: :https://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/events/sean-taylor-how-to-be-cooler-than-coo

Instagramers head here https://t.co/s6RaAeYfs4?amp=1 for my takeover of the Walker Picture Books feed, which takes you behind the scenes on many aspects of making the book.

And look out for an interview about writing picture books and working with Jean Jullien, here: https://www.picturebookparty.co.uk/ .

FUNNY BUMS

FUNNY BUMS, FREAKY BEAKS AND OTHER INCREDIBLE CREATURE FEATURES publishes on 4 March 2021.

It’s a treasure chest, celebrating the diversity of animals and explaining the value of some of their strangest, most mind-boggling features.

Here’s a little taste of what’s inside…