Here’s a post originally published on the Library Mice website in which I talk about where the idea for THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET came from. The Origins of “The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket” by John Boyne Occasionally I am asked to give talks to groups of young, aspiring writers and there are some obvious pieces of...
Here’s a new interview running on the Booktrust site. I talk a little about what I’m working on at the moment. Five minutes with… John Boyne 20 June 2012 We caught up with John Boyne, international bestselling author of the The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, in advance of his forthcoming appearance at The Sun Comes Out on Moon Lane festival Your latest book, The Terrible Thing...
111 Writers - 28 Hours
The marathon ‘break a Guinness World Record’ readings at the Irish Writers Centre is underway. You can watch the whole thing live here. Senator David Norris introduced the readings and I read first, from The Absolutist.
Irish Writers Centre - World Record Attempt!
From 10 am Friday until 2 pm Saturday, 111 Irish writers will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest reading. Everyone reads for 15 minutes at the Irish Writers Centre and the entire thing will be broadcast live on the Writers Centre website from 10 am. I’m up first - at 10:15 - after Senator David Norris’ introduction. Other writers include Seamus Heaney and...
Barnaby Brocket's Facebook
Here’s a new Facebook fan page for my next children’s novel THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET, which will be published in the UK on August 2nd. You can like it here and receive updates about readings, excerpts etc. LIKE IT !
The Absolutist in Publishers Weekly
Here’s a new interview about THE ABSOLUTIST, published in this week’s Publishers Weekly in the States. Irish novelist John Boyne is best known as the author of the YA novel,The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which takes place at Auschwitz during WWII. In his latest novel, The Absolutist (Other Press, July), Boyne provides a graphic account of what life was like for British soldiers in...
No sooner back from New York than off I go to Cologne in Germany for the International Children’s Book Week. Ireland is the guest country here this year so there are a bunch of other Irish children’s writers here too - Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, PJ Lynch, Niamh Sharkey, Malachy Doyle, Judi Curtin, Oisin McGann, John Connolly, Siobhan Parkinson, Terry McDonagh and Sheena Wilkinson. ...
New York Book Expo
A rapid-fire visit to New York this week, arriving in Monday to take part in a pre-publication event at Book Expo for The Absolutist, which will be published in the States in July. I also gave a talk to a couple of hundred librarians at Random House offices on Broadway. You can pre-order the US edition of The Absolutist here.
Brisbane Writers Festival
I will be appearing at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival in Australia, which runs from 5th to 9th September, to read from and discuss my Australian based children’s book The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket. The festival programme and ticket sales are available here.
What I Read During May
Tales On Moon Lane
For an advance reading from The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket and a public interview, come along to the Tales On Moon Lane festival at the London bookstore of the same name on July 4th at 6 pm. Tickets are available here.