Friday, 29 June 2012

15 Days Without a Head nominated for Anobii First Book Award 2012

15 Days Without a Head has been nominated for an award! Wahey!

The Anobii First Book Award celebrates the wealth of new writing included in the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme each year. Every debut novelist and every overseas writer whose words are published in English for the first time is included in the award. 
Unlike other literary prizes, this one is selected by you, the readers who champion new writing and who are responsible for making superstars out of debut novelists. 
Many of the writers who participate in our Festival programme go on to forge international careers. The Anobii First Book Award enables you to play your part in identifying a future literary legend by reading the books, coming to see the events and, of course, by placing your vote. 
This year there are 45 outstanding titles in the running for the Anobii First Book Award. You can browse the shortlisted titles here and vote for your favourite. You can also rate and review the First Book Award titles on, a new website for book lovers.

A future literary legend? That would be nice … anyway, if you enjoyed reading 15 Days Without a Head and would like to vote for it, I'd be very grateful. Of course if you have an alternative favourite on the list – such as those by my fellow Edge authors Sara Grant and Katie Dale, or Teri Terry's Slated – the choice is yours. Whichever title gets your vote, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a copy of every book on the list. Can't be bad! 

Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Book Addicted Boy!

I was honoured to be invited to take part in the fortnight of guest authors contributing posts for The Book Addicted Girl and decided to share some of the books I was addicted to while growing up.

Read the full post here …

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

15 Days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

I'm delighted to announce that I'll be appearing at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

My event on Tuesday 21 August (6:30pm in the RBS Imagination Lab) will be with fellow Edge author Sara Grant, and part of the Anobii First Book Award series of events.

Here is what it says on the festival website:
Sara Grant’s novel Dark Parties is set in a future where the last of humanity live in a domed world and are fed lies to keep them docile. In 15 Days Without a Head, Dave Cousins tackles the thorny issue of family breakdown. Both authors are part of The Edge, a group of writers creating cutting edge fiction for teens. Come and hear them talk about their work and influences.

Hope to see you there!

The Reading Agency MyVoice Libronauts Welcome The Edge Authors to Padgate Library, Warrington

The Edge and Padgate Library Libronauts

On Friday, I accompanied three of my fellow authors from the Edge to Warrington. We were there to meet up with The Libronauts at Padgate Library. Part of The Reading Agency MyVoice initiative, The Libronauts are made up of pupils from Lysander High School in Padgate and meet every Tuesday in their Reading Hub, appropriately dubbed The Launch Pad!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Hay Festival or Bust!

I'm off to the Hay Festival! 
With any luck I'll arrive in time for my event on Tuesday
2:30pm on the Starlight Stage. Maybe see you there …

Thanks to D for coming out in the rain to see me off and take the photo.