Some Quick Thoughts from Somerset Writers’ Festival

You'll recognise me as the least famous one in this photo.
You’ll recognise me as the least famous one in this photo.

I’m up in sunny, steamy Queensland at Somerset College’s Celebration of Literature and having a fantastic time talking to all the kids attending. I’ve only had two sessions so far, with a dinner and then a third session still to come, but I’m already picking up some trends that I thought I’d share with you;

– If you’re a children’s/YA author who doesn’t have an opinion on One Direction, I recommend sitting down and formulating some kind of response because you will be asked what you think of them, and no matter what you say half the room will erupt in protest.

– Also, Marvel versus DC tensions run deep.

– Daleks versus Cybermen is also strangely controversial.

– Kids be smart, man.

And that’s it, other than to say I’ve been having a great time. It’s amazing to see so many kids excited about and interested in books. The enthusiasm is overwhelming! But for now, I’m off to work out exactly how I feel about One Direction. Muttering “somethingsomethingsomething Harry’s one, right?” has NOT been cutting it!


Published by Steven Lochran

Steven Lochran is the author of the upcoming Middle Grade Fantasy series PALADERO, as well as the teen superhero series VANGUARD PRIME. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, two cats, and an unreasonably large toy collection.

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