Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Gonzo shortlisted for German Children's Literature Award!

Photo: Thanks to "a tempo" – Das Lebensmagazin

I don’t normally shout about this kind of stuff, but I’m really chuffed about this one and wanted to share the news! The German edition of Waiting for Gonzo, Warten auf Gonzo, has been nominated for this year’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the Young Adult category. Gonzo is one of six books on the shortlist announced at the Leipzig Book Fair last week (see photo!).

The Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis/German Children’s Literature Award is the most prestigious award for children’s and young adult literature in Germany, so it’s a real honour to be included. The results will be announced on October 13, 2017 during the Frankfurt Book Fair, with the Federal Minister Manuela Schwesig presenting awards to the winners in each of the five categories.

Waiting for Gonzo was the second book I had published in the UK. I was warned that second books are notoriously difficult to write, and Gonzo duly proved the rule! It is also the book of which I’m most proud, partly because of the blood, sweat and tears shed in order to get it right! I’m always extra pleased when readers tell me they enjoyed it, and despite the many drafts, long hours, and sleepless nights, in the end I had a lot of fun with Gonzo.

In 2013 I was lucky enough to fulfil one of my dreams when I was invited to the BBC studios in Bath to narrate the audiobook. Somehow, I then ended up going into a different ‘studio’ with one of my old bandmates to record a full soundtrack album to accompany the book—ten tracks of original songs by four of Oz’s favourite bands. Which, of course, needed music videos to go with them. Lots more work, but again, good fun.

There are lots of different language editions of Waiting for Gonzo out now, and I’d like to thank my publishers across the world for introducing Oz and the gang to so many new readers. But of all the editions, I have to say that my German publisher, Verlag Freies Geistesleben produced an exceptionally beautiful one. 

The cover, featuring Meg in her Dr. Marten boots, captures the mood of the book perfectly. The typography and page layout is wonderfully subtle and gives the whole edition a lovely feel. There’s even a QR code on the jacket linking to the aforementioned soundtrack. Superb stuff. Sadly, my sub O-level German isn’t anywhere near good enough for me to read this edition (though I am trying to learn in preparation for my trip to Frankfurt!). But I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Anne Brauner for translating this and the German edition of 15 Days without a Head. Judging by the nomination, I’d say she did a pretty good job!


P.S. Should you wish to, you can find out more about the Waiting for Gonzo soundtrack here.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Gosforth Community Book Festival 2017

Hi folks!

I hope all's well, and that those of you taking part in the recent World Book Day celebrations had a good one. I'm almost at the end of my current WBD 'tour', so a big shout out to everyone I met over the past couple of weeks—you guys ROCK!

This is just a quick post to tell you about a public event I'm taking part in this weekend. If you live anywhere hear Newcastle, and feel like some book-based fun on Saturday, why not come along to the GOSFORTH COMMUNITY BOOK FESTIVAL!

There will be some great authors appearing, including Andy Briggs, Chris Callaghan, Tom Palmer, Hannah Russell, Holly Sterling, and me!

As well as the author events, there will be activities throughout the day—arts and crafts, creative writing, plus the chance to purchase books from the Seven Stories Book Shop and get them signed by the authors. I did hear rumours of tea and cake too . . .

The festival is at Newcastle School for Boys, The Grove, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1NH on Saturday 18th March, and runs from 10am to 3pm, with talks staggered throughout the day. Entry is FREE!

It would be great to see you there.

Cheers for now,

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Authors for Refugees Auction

Hi folks!

Just a quick one to let you know about the Authors for Refugees Auction currently running at

It's live now, and will stay open for bids until 8PM MONDAY (26 Sept). 

There are some amazing items up for grabs, from signed books to manuscript reviews and author school visits. And most importantly, it's all to raise money for a very important cause.

Thanks for your support.

Cheers for now,

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Charlie Merrick's Misfits and more at Brentwood Children's Literary Festival

Hey folks! If anyone lives near Brentwood and is looking for summer holiday activities for the youngsters, check out what's on at the Brentwood Children's Literary Festival (22-30 July). Full details here.

If you're really stuck for something to do, I'll be at Brentwood Theatre on Thursday 28th, to talk about writing, drawing and how to survive should you meet a bear! 
The event starts at 3pm and tickets are only £3 per person. 

It would be great to see you there!


Monday, 29 February 2016

On The Road for World Book Day 2016

Dave Cousins VW Camper Van

I'm heading out on the road again for a bunch of events around World Book Day. Wish I still had this van—and the hair! 

For more World Book Day 2016 info check out the official site.

Plus the special World Book Day Teen Fest events on the 2nd and 3rd of March.

Have a good one y'all. Maybe see you on my travels.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Season's Greetings!

Thanks for all your support this year folks!
Enjoy the holiday, and all the best for a happy, healthy 2016.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Charlie Merrick's Misfits at The Book Nut Bookshop, Billericay

I've been invited along to the Book Nut Bookshop in Billericay on Saturday (28th November 2015). 

At 1pm I'll be under the Story Tree to talk a bit about Charlie Merrick's Misfits, before reading a couple of extracts, answering questions and signing books. 
The event is FREE and open to the public. Do come along and say hello if you're in the area.

The Book Nut can be found in Studio 54, Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD.