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August 15, 2013
Filed under: Blogroll, Video — Random House Children’s Publishers @ 4:14 pm

Goodreads have now revealed the title & cover for the final book in the Spook’s series: The Spooks Revenge!

Once 5000 people have added the book to their Goodreads shelf, we will relrease the first chapter. So, if you want a sneak peek, visit Goodreads and help us reach 5000. You can also watch an exclusive video of Joseph Delaney talking about the book.

October 27, 2011
Filed under: Blogroll, Appearances, Events, Halloween Tour, I am Grimalkin tour, Video — admin @ 7:44 pm

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween webchat today - there were some great questions. My tour has just about come to an end with the return of my publicist, Linda, to her home in New Zealand. However, I still have a few more local events between now and Christmas.

So it’s back to my writing, concentrating on finishing the first draft of ‘Slither’ (more news about that soon) and completing the fourth draft of ‘The Spook’s Blood’ which is will be published in June 2012.

I have enjoyed the ‘Grimalkin Tour’ and for those who have not yet read it why don’t you look at the new video trailer? I repeat that it is not a spin-off as is firmly in the main story arc. When Grimalkin finishes her story, Tom continues narrating his adventures in the June book.

Well now I must get back to work. Have a very scary Halloween and don’t gaze into the mirror too long after dark! Grimalkin might be staring back!

Best wishes,

Joseph Delaney

September 29, 2011
Filed under: Blogroll, Appearances, I am Grimalkin tour — admin @ 4:29 pm

I am about to begin my book tour to promote I Am Grimalkin, the ninth book in the main Wardstone Chronicles series. I will be talking and signing in schools, libraries and bookshops. The main areas I will be visiting are: Bristol, South Wales, London, Paris and, of course, quite a few towns in Lancashire.

I will be in Paris on 7th and 8th October. Events are being arranged by my French publisher, Bayard. I hope to meet lots of readers there.

Here is a list of some of the events in the UK open to the public:
Saturday October 1st. 12 p.m.
Waterstone’s Lancaster Cornmarket

Marketgate Shopping Centre
Unit 5/6 Cornmarket

Sunday October 2nd. 1.30 p.m.
Waterstone’s Bristol

11A Union Galleries, Broadmead

Saturday October 15th. 2 p.m.
Waterstones Barrow-in-Furness

25 Portland Walk

Sunday October 16th. 1 p.m.
Waterstones Bury

4 Union Arcade

Thursday October 20th 7–9 p.m.
Scarefest at Crosby Civic Hall

(Tickets for the above from Formby Books)

Saturday October 22nd. 10.30 a.m.
Waterstone’s Wigan

6 Grand Arcade

2 p.m.
Waterstone’s Preston

3–5 Fishergate

Sunday October 30th. 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
Hoghton Tower

(Tickets for the above from Silverdell Bookshop Kirkham)

I hope to see you at one of these events where I will be happy to sign books and answer questions.

Best wishes,
Joseph Delaney

April 21, 2011
Filed under: Blogroll, Appearances, Film — admin @ 4:59 pm

I have just returned from nine weeks in New Zealand to a chilly English welcome, (the weather I mean!). I was determined while away that as well as a holiday, I would write 30,000 words of Book nine, (which I almost achieved) but I did break from my writing for a three city tour in Australia and on my return spent a week visiting schools in a part of New Zealand that I hadn’t visited before. I have a bit of space for writing now before I start the Destiny tour in June. We hope to include a trip to Ireland as that is where the book is set but nothing has as yet been confirmed. As soon as possible, I will, make details of that tour available on both my websites.

Film News

Those of you who keep watch for film news will be aware of the recent discussions/rumours that have been circulating. I can’t say anything yet other than that for the first time since I signed I actually will have something really significant to report and the news is good – there will be an official announcement made shortly. I honestly think there is a 90% chance that they will start filming this year. And I can confirm that the title of the Spooks’ Apprentice/Last Apprentice film will be ‘The Seventh Son’.

Australian Tour

The tour in Australia was busy but again I got to see some fantastic scenery and as always met some lovely booksellers, librarians, teachers and of course children. We started in Sydney and I had my first visit to the Blue Mountains where, as well as school visits, Evie from ‘Megalong Books’, very kindly drove us around and ensured we got some of the best views of the mountains, (I couldn’ t resist a photo of a rock that looked like a dragon) and of course, the ‘Three Sisters’. I enjoyed the train journey from Sydney – it is very scenic and I always like catching the train in any country I am in (I don’t like to be away from trains for too long!). I had a good afternoon at Pinerolo – The Children’s Book Cottage in Blackheath. Margaret Hamilton has had many years in the publishing industry and she now hosts events from her home. It is a very interesting place for an author visit as it is deep in the bush (they have to have regular bush fire drills) and Margaret has made a feature of the art from her years of publishing picture books. I had another great train journey to the central coast, where I had a day at the Gosford library and spent the night in Terrigal - a beautiful beach resort. It was very relaxing and I would like to spend a few days there next year.

I visited the Sydney botanic gardens which as well as being a very nice walk had the added interest of flying foxes (they look like giant vampire bats) which I was surprised to see were so numerous and visible by day. That was very inspiring for an author such as me! Apparently there is a bat farm up the coast which will definitely be on the agenda next time I am in Australia.

It was another good event at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. Paul Macdonald is very enthusiastic about books and reading, hosting many events at the book shop and taking authors into schools. He has a great shop, well worth a visit.

I had a very busy day in Tourquay, a one hour drive from Melbourne and gateway to the Great Ocean Road. I gave four talks in a row at Tourquay College, and I am sorry to say, scared a few of the children in one group. I think since I started including power point in my presentation my talks have become more gory – or perhaps I am channelling Grimalkin a bit too much. I need to finish editing that book so she stops being such a bad influence!

The two days in Perth weren’t long enough but I had an enjoyable visit to Bullsbrook Community Library, and the drive from Midland to Bullsbrook was very scenic - though the only evidence of wildlife was a dead kangaroo. However, earlier in the tour I did glimpse a live snake which slithered past my publicist’s foot without sinking its fangs into her!

New Zealand Tour

Back in New Zealand I drove for the first time down the North Island (usually I fly) from Auckland to Palmerston North which takes in the desert road (and a view of Mt Tongariro and Ruapehu, if you are lucky), and the beautiful lake Taupo. ‘Paper Plus’ had scheduled school visits in Palmerston North, Hawera and Feilding which again were very well organised and the audiences were well prepared and very receptive, with some very good questions. I was very pleased in Hawera to see the volcano Mt Taranaki poking out through the clouds. A return visit to that region is very much on the cards for the future.

While I was in New Zealand, one of the main cities, Christchurch, experienced a devastating earthquake with many lives lost and the heart of the city destroyed. On my first visit to New Zealand in 2008, I spent a week in Christchurch and it was very distressing to think that the places I had visited were now destroyed

Soon after that came news of the terrible Japanese earthquake with even greater devastation and loss of life. I have not yet been able to do a book tour of that country but do have contacts with Mr Akiko Tanaka, the translator for the Japanese editions. I t was good to discover that he and his family were safe.

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by both earthquakes.

Best Wishes,

Joseph Delaney

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Blue Mountains, Australia

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Dragon Rock

September 25, 2010
Filed under: Blogroll, Writing, Appearances, Events, Bestiary Tour — admin @ 4:00 pm

This weekend my writing will halt for almost a month because I begin the tour to promote The Spook’s Bestiary.
I will send the second draft of The Spook’s Destiny to my editor on Monday morning before I catch the train to Barrow ready for events on the Tuesday. I am about two thirds of the way through the Grimalkin book. At the moment I am considering several titles:

Grimalkin’s Revenge
I am Grimalkin

Below is an image of Grimalkin from The Spook’s Bestiary:


Here is the list of public events for the first section of the tour:

Wednesday 29th: Longridge Library, Berry Lane at 10 am
Thursday 30th: Chorley Library, Union St (Time tbc)
Thursday 30th: Crawshawbooth Library, Adelaide St at 7pm (tickets from library)

Friday 1st: Heysham Library, Heysham Rd at 10.30 am
Friday 1st: Fleetwood Library, North Albert St at 1.30 pm
Saturday 9th: Pritchard’s Bookshop, Formby at 10 am
Saturday 9th: Pritchard’s Bookshop, Crosby at 11.30 am

I hope to see some of you there and I will be happy to sign and chat.

Best wishes,

Joseph Delaney

August 13, 2010
Filed under: Blogroll, Writing — admin @ 6:00 pm

Finally, the one you’ve all been waiting for… The Spook’s Nightmare Limited Collector’s Edition is now available to pre-order on Amazon.

The Spook’s Nightmare Collector’s Edition

Here’s a sneak peek of the full cover:

The Spook’s Nightmare Collector’s Edition cover

Thanks to all the loyal fans who’ve been waiting for this!

June 9, 2010
Filed under: Blogroll, Competition, Apprenticeblog — admin @ 12:50 pm

Manchester Ghost Walk

For the UK entrants, we thought you might like to find out a little bit more about the Manchester Ghost Walk guide, Flecky Bennett…

Flecky Bennett lives in the underground tunnels under the streets of Manchester,
And on this special night he is going to rise to the surface for the selected few.
He will tell them stories of ghosts and the sinister side of his city.
Will he like the look of you!
Will he think you’re brave enough!
When the Town hall bell chimes the hour.
Your night belongs to Flecky…

Find out more about Flecky’s Manchester Ghost Walks…

Filed under: Blogroll, Competition — admin @ 12:39 pm

We have had some brilliant entries so far in the competition. As lots of you who live outside the UK have shown such enthusiasm to enter, we have decided to add an additional category to find one overseas Spook’s Apprentice. The overseas winner will recieve a mystery Spooky prize instead of the Manchester Ghost Walk, and new Spook’s books for a year.

If you would like to enter the overseas competition, please submit your entry in the same way as the UK competition, and make sure to tell us which country you live in.

Good luck!

June 1, 2010
Filed under: Blogroll, Appearances, Nightmare Tour — admin @ 3:50 pm

Today was organized by Tony, the manager of Pritchard’s Bookshop, Formby. I visited and gave talks and signings at three libraries: Maghull, Crosby and Birkdale. It was a chance to meet and thank librarians such as Leslie and Zoe who are great supporters of the series as well as readers who have read ‘Spooks Stories’ right from the very beginning. So I really enjoyed the day.

As you know you can email me directly on I recently received an email from a librarian who wanted me to feature a librarian in my books to counter the usual stereotype. She wanted me to write about a young attractive fashionable librarian with green eyes! As you know I do not plan my books in much detail but use a big envelope into which I stuff pieces of paper, each with an idea that will feature in a future book. So I decided to use such a librarian in Book Nine (which I will start to write just before Christmas this year). Yes, the Spook and Tom will encounter her soon. Yesterday I met the librarian in question. Her name is Kirsty and her picture is featured here.

Joseph and Kirsty

On tour with me is Linda, my international publicist, who actually lives in New Zealand and has flown to England to join me on ‘The Spook’s Nightmare Tour’. Here is a photo of us visiting one of the great sights of the Lancashire coastline – the ‘Iron Men’ sculptures which are positioned on the beach. Here you just see one but there are lots of them!

Joseph and Linda

Best wishes,

Joseph Delaney

May 28, 2010
Filed under: Blogroll, Appearances, Nightmare Tour — admin @ 3:48 pm

After two hectic days out selling books with dynamic Tony from Pritchards, Formby, today was very peaceful. I just had one event at the Blackpool Collegiate High School.

This proved to be very interesting because I shared the platform with another author, Jonathan Eaves, whose first book, ‘Rude Awakenings: A Tale of Terra Infirma’, was published this year. We were both returning to our old school. Joanathan attended as a pupil and I actually taught there. Not only that, I taught Jonathan for six whole weeks back in the 1980s!

After answering questions in the library’s ‘Starbooks Cafe’ we both gave a short talk to a mixture of pupils from different schools and some older students from ‘The Blackpool Sixth Form College’ where I also once taught. We tried to vary the usual Q and A session and started by asking each other questions (which had been devised by Jonathan).

Example Question: ‘If you were a politician, what cabinet position would you like and what single piece of legislation would you introduce?’

I replied that I would like to be the Minister responsible for overseeing the torture of witches. As for legislation I would stop swimming witches because it’s very unreliable (most sink and are believed innocent). I would make it compulsory to use the method of jabbing them with a bodkin to find the Fiend’s mark. But I would make sure that Quisitors were properly trained and they would be subject to regular appraisals and have their salaries linked to performance.

To that same question, Jonathan considered how hotel receptionists might be similarly regulated. It was funny and that is his strength. Whereas my books are dark and serious Jonathan’s are full of humour. If you Like Terry Pratchett you will like ‘Rude Awakenings’.

Best wishes,

Joseph Delaney.