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3 December - Dragon Gold giveaway

For the 3rd of December a weekend giveaway treat!  Email us at fireflypress@yahoo.co.uk by 9 on Monday 5th December, titling your email 'Shoo Rayner giveaway' and one lucky person at random will win Shoo Rayner's bestselling Dragon Gold and Dragon White and your own Tân the dragon as well!  He's plush, made in Wales and really irresistible! 

Shoo Rayner's Dragon Gold is one of our bestselling title, a fantastic adventure about Harri who needs to make a dragon for a school competition, and who never wins anything. But when Imedla Spelltravers helps him, the magic works better than he could have believed. What would you do if you had a your own real, fire-breathing, chocolate loving baby dragon, but you couldn't tell anyone?  Find out more HERE.

 

2 December - Purge by Kat Ellis

For the 2nd day of our advent calendar, one of our latest books, the absolutely unputdownable fantasy thriller Purge by Kat Ellis.  More details HERE. Strange new worlds, unforgetable characters, danger, mystery, virtual reality, and a dash of romance - basically everything on any good Christmas wish list!

And we're delighted to announce that you can hear Kat talk about her book in her local Prestatyn Library this coming Wednesday, the 7th of December.  And, brilliantly, volunteers from the local teen reading group will be reading extracts! Come and meet Kat and get your copy signed. It will be a great evening.

Happy 1st of December!

Since Firefly have now published 24 books, we couldn't resist celebrating one each day in the run up to Christmas, with some little unexpected treats and surprises along the way!  Today for the 1st of December, it's one of our first and favourite stories, The Flying Bedroom by Heather Dyer, illustrated by Chloe Douglass.

Elinor's bedroom looks ordinary.  But it isn't.  Elinor's bedroom can fly...  She never knows where she might wake up - she might meet pirates, a theatre production, the man on the moon, Mr and Mrs Snowman (above) and many other adventures. It's a perfect Christmas present, for reading alone or reading aloud. Click on the cover to find out more.

We are also excited to announce that Little Light & Venue Cymru will be producing The Flying Bedroom as a theatre play in February 2017, and here is the poster to give you more details.  We are sure that such a magical book will make an amazing live event.  Can't wait!

 

Firefly Festive News

 

 

 
Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas
 
You can give the gift of reading this Christmas by supporting the National Literacy Trust’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016. All donations made on Tuesday 29 November (from 12 noon), Wednesday 30 November, Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December will be DOUBLED by the Big Give. And ALL NLT donations will go to help disadvantaged children in the Swansea area discover a love of reading and unlock their full potential. Find out how to get involved here.
Elen's Island author Eloise (pictured below) said: 'I am so thrilled to support the National Literacy Trust campaign. Now, more than ever, it is so important to educate our young people. Reading gives them knowledge, empathy, confidence and the freedom to make choices. I work with lots of children throughout Wales promoting the importance of reading for fun and the happiness it brings me to see them enjoying a good book is magical.' 
The Gift of Reading programme aims to help motivate children from disadvantaged backgrounds to read for pleasure. Children taking part in the project are able to choose free books of their own to take home from school throughout the year.
Firefly author Rhian Ivory added: 'I was born in Swansea and my brother went to Swansea University, and we were both lucky enough to be brought up in a house full of books; but to read National Literacy Trust research which shows that one-third of disadvantaged children are leaving primary school unable to read well shocks me.'
Eloise will be running storytelling sessions at Waun Wen school in Swansea this Wednesday in support of the campaign. And tomorrow West Wales-based publishers Parthian will be holding a Christmas bazaar at Swansea University from 12pm til 3pm with all proceeds going to The Big Give Campaign.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to our award-winning and prize-listed authors!
 
Magical tale Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare has won first prize in the quality fiction category of the North Somerset Teachers' Book Awards !
News of the award win, announced by the North Somerset branch of the Federation of Children's Books Groups at a wonderful award ceremony of books and cake, rounds off an amazing year for the debut children's book, which also won the Branford Boase Award 2016 and has been shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards and the Surrey Library Children's Book Awards and longlisted for the UKLA book awards.
And our congratulations go to both Rhian Ivory and Horatio Clare, whose books The Boy Who Drew the Future and Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot have both been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017!!
Last but by no means least, congratulations to our debut author Huw Davies, whose laugh-out-loud tale of boys, bikes and art classes, Scrambled, is a finalist in the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Awards 2017.
We're so proud of all our authors and readers in what has been a terrific year for Firefly!
 
 
Find great presents at the Carnival bookshop, Cardiff

 
Looking for the perfect Christmas present? Come along to the new Carnival pop-up bookshop in Cardiff and find all Firefly and Dragonfly titles 'Buy One,Get One Half Price'. The Carnival bookshop is open from 25 November – 24 December at 3-7 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AZ. Opening hours are Monday-Wednesday 11am - 5.30pm, Thursday 11am – 8pm, Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm. Look out for signed copies and events in the run up to Christmas.
You can also browse a selection of new and classic Welsh titles from Parthian and other Welsh publishers. #carnivalbookshop
 
And keep an eye on our website for festive offers coming soon here too!
 
 
 
Dark nights and darker stories – Firefly YA brings you perfectly chilling tales to give to your family and friends this Christmas – or keep for yourself to curl up with by the fire!
 
                               

                               

And for younger readers – Grace-Ella is flying into a bookshop near you. 

                               
 
 
 
 
 

 

Grace-Ella events in Aberystwyth this week

Come and join Sharon Marie Jones in two Halloween events in Aberystwyth over half term.  

On Friday 28th October at 2pm, she'll be at Aberystwyth Library, where there will be crafts and stories.

On Saturday 29th October at 2pm, she'll be at Siop Y Pethe on Terrace Road Aberystwyth, as part of their Spooky Story Time.  If you come in Halloween fancy dress, the best costume wins a prize!