Venue: Great Hall, Oundle
(Recommended for Year 6)
After reading PPE at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Linda embarked upon a career as an investment banker in London, New York and Eastern Europe for seven years before escaping to write novels. Linda is currently spending a term at her old College as their first Writer in Residence. She has written five books for children, including Longbow Girl, winner of the Mal Peet Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2016, one of the Books of the Year 2015 and September 2015 Debut of the Month on the Lovereading4Kids website. Longbow Girl has also been optioned for TV by Kindle Entertainment.
In Longbow Girl Merry Owen is desperate for her family to stay on their struggling farm in Wales, in the shadow of the Black Castle, owned by the de Courcys who have been enemies of Merry's family for generations. Skilled in the family tradition of archery, Merry is happiest out riding - but when she finds an overturned tree and a buried chest containing an ancient Welsh text, it leads her into a past filled with treasure, secrets and untold danger.
The title of her talk at the Festival is ‘Where stories come from…and how to find yours’
For the teachers: Nest of Vipers; Hostage