Spellbinding Eco Adventures with Emma Carroll and Hannah Gold

Sunday 02 October 2022
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
The Guildhall
£8.50 (excl. fees)
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Age: 8+

Dive into a duo of dazzling eco-inspired adventures from master storytellers Hannah Gold – 2022 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winner – and Emma Carroll – the ‘Hilary Mantel of children’s fiction’ (‘The Telegraph’). What if you could communicate with a whale as Rio discovers he can in The Lost Whale? Or swim through an underwater gateway to the past like Polly in The Tale of Truthwater Lake? Hannah and Emma will discuss the inspiration behind their stories, the importance of human connection with nature and how no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference.

About the Books

The Lost Whale is the enchanting second novel from the author of The Last Bear, Hannah Gold. Rio has been sent to live with a grandmother he barely knows in California, while his mum is in hospital back home. Alone and adrift, the only thing that makes him smile is joining his new friend Marina on her dad’s whale watching trips. That is until an incredible encounter with White Beak, a gentle giant of the sea, changes everything. But when White Beak goes missing, Rio must set out on a desperate quest to find his whale and somehow save his mum.

The Tale of Truthwater Lake is Emma Carroll’s accomplished new time-travelling eco-adventure that explores the before and after of global warming. It’s the near-future and Britain is having yet another heatwave. For Polly, sent to her aunt’s lakeside house for the summer, it’s the sort of heat that makes her do wild, out-of-character things just to cool down. Like face her fear of deepwater. But Truthwater Lake is beginning to dry up. As the water level diminishes, a lost village emerges. Swimming over the rooftops at midnight, Polly dives down and is suddenly able to breathe, to hear church bells and birdsong…

About the Authors

Hannah Gold studied screenwriting at university and worked in the London film and theatre industries before taking time out to pursue her dream of writing and share her passion for protecting our planet. Her first book, The Last Bear, was the biggest selling debut hardback of 2021, and won the 2022 Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2022 as well as being nominated for numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and The British Book Award 2022 for Best Children’s Fiction.

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Emma Carroll was once told by poet Ted Hughes her writing was ‘dangerous’. It took Emma twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try. Nowadays, she’s a best-selling author and the ‘Queen of Historical Fiction’ (BookTrust). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous national, regional and schools awards – including the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal, Young Quills, Teach Primary and the Waterstones Book Prize. Emma’s home is in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers. She still can’t believe her luck that she gets to write dangerous books for a living.

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