Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 26 Jun 2018

An Interview With Nicky Singer

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are delighted to present an interview with the children's author, Nicky Singer. Nicky is a novelist whose ‘fearlessly dramatic work’ inevitably led her to write for the stage. Her first novels were for adults, since when she has written two books of non-fiction and eight works for young people. Her first children’s novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and then commissioned as a musical with lyrics by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman. In 2010 Nicky was asked by Glyndebourne to adapt her novel Knight Crew (a re-telling of the King Arthur legend set in contemporary gangland) for an opera with music by Julian Philips. 2012 saw both the publication of The Flask  (‘a nourishing and uplifting story, with big themes and a big heart,’ The Guardian) and the premiere of her play Island  (about ice-bears and the nature of reality) at the National Theatre. She subsequently published Island as a novel with illustrations by former UK Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. Her latest novel – out in July – is The Survival Game.

Nicky has her own website that can be found here:

You can see our own review of Nicky's The Survival Game by clicking on this link

To see what she had to tell us in her interview click on the link below: