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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.


‘Sure, it's simple, writing for kids . . . Just as simple as bringing them up.’ Ursula Le Guin.

Many people decide they'll try writing for children because they think it's easier. This is a mistake. Writing for children is just as challenging and rewarding as writing for adults, if not more so. This is a workshop for anyone who has ever dreamt of writing the sort of children's book that haunts a child forever – that is carried with them into adulthood and eagerly given to their own child to read.

'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever." Philip Pullman, in his 1996 Carnegie Medal acceptance speech.