(May I introduce, from left to right) Paula Rawsthorne, Katie Dale, Sara Grant, Bryony Pearce and Miriam Halahmy. Missing from the picture, but present in spirit are Keren David and Savita Kalhan.
But what is the Edge, you ask? Well, imagine a writers' equivalent of a superhero team-up – or a gang, if you prefer – because even children's book writers need back-up from time to time. Today's was an informal gathering, putting plans into place, deciding what outfits we would wear, that sort of thing (After much deliberation I opted out on a cape – too much of a snag hazard). To put it another way, the Edge is a group of like minded authors, all with stories to tell. Stories that tackle difficult subjects, raise questions and ideas. Stories … if you'll pardon the expression … with an edge.
The Edge will be touring schools, libraries and literary festivals towards the end of the year and launching a website in the next few months. For a taste of the Edge right now, check out The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan, or When I Was Joe by Keren David. And available from March 24th, Hidden by Miriam Halahmy.
Oh, and just to prove I was actually there – here's a picture of me – at the edge …