Vivid books set in otherworlds, on earth, and in outer space
This Issue shines a spotlight on books for children and young adults. Featuring vivid and memorable voices across fiction, poetry, music and design, this Issue takes you through history, across continents, into fantastical otherworlds and even outer space!
Extract from Street Song By Sheena Wilkinson Published by Ink Road
I woke early – it had been a weird night even by our standards; we’d passed out mid-fight – and there was Kelly, curled round my duvet with her back to me. Her hair, all smoke and hairspray, clogged my mouth, and through the thin sweaty cotton of her green top you could count each of her vertebra. I stretched out my finger and placed it between two of the green cotton bumps and shuddered. She whimpered and wriggled and turned round. Her eyelids cracked open the layers of mascara and eyeliner.
‘Ryan?’ she murmured. ‘Iss not morning?’
I shook my head. I couldn’t trust myself to speak because when she opened her mouth I caught a reek of last night’s vomit, drink, smoke and, somewhere in the mix, the pizza we’d had on the walk between the pub and the club – she only ate when she was stoned. I half-turned my head away and focused on the far corner of my bedroom. The cold dawn light slanting through the slats of the wooden blind showed the dust on my guitar. If I looked above it I’d see the photo of me the night I won PopIcon, but I didn’t look up.
Kelly smiled dopily and reached her hand out towards me.
I drew away. ‘You have to go.’
Her face crumpled.
‘I said last night – I can’t do this any m...
David Robinson Reviews: Dragon’s Green By Scarlett Thomas Published by Canongate
“The most exciting debut in children’s fiction since Harry Potter.” No, I’m not going to count the number of children...
‘She dreams of being able to perform at the Savoy Ballroom’
‘It is moral courage as much as physical courage that wins the day for our young heroes’
‘The janitor probably figured he’d only have to scrub guts off one whiteboard this year’
Edwin Morgan’s science fiction poem as a comic strip
‘The locations of the stories go unnamed but are a patchwork of formative places in my life’
Celebrating the 2017 Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize Awards Ceremony