An Evening with Patrick Ness

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s books welcomes two-times Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness this week for a sold out event.

Seven Stories is thrilled to welcome Patrick Ness to the National Centre to celebrate the release of his brand-new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here (HarperCollins, November 2015).  Ness’ new YA novel has already stacked up praise and awards including acclaim from The Guardian, New York Times and yet another nomination for the highly coveted Carnegie award 2016. 

Fans of YA will be packed into the Attic to listen to Patrick as he talks candidly about his writing process, shares the inspiration behind his gripping dystopian novels and discusses his thoughts for the future of the genre.  The Rest of Us Just Live Here is true to his satirical style and has been described as a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

Talking about his new book, Patrick said, “I wanted to write a novel for anyone trying to live a normal life in a world gone mad, for anyone who actually has bigger problems than this week’s end of the world, for anyone who needs to find out that there are many different kinds of extraordinary.

Author, campaigner and prolific tweeter, Patrick Ness has recently grabbed national headlines for more than just his highly acclaimed YA novels and the imminent, hugely anticipated Doctor Who spin-off series.  In September, Patrick actively responded to the refugee crisis with a tweet to pledge donations.  Matching the first £10, 000 raised, Patrick spurred on huge named authors, illustrators and publishers who joined the campaign.  Patrick’s breath-taking altruism led to a snowball of donations and an astonishing contribution of £1million was raised.

Seven Stories’ An Evening with Patrick Ness forms part of their YA programme which allows enthusiasts of the genre the unique opportunity to meet successful authors, gain insight into their profession and be inspired to read, write and review.  Follow Seven Stories YA Blog for more information

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About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness has written nine books: 2 novels for adults (The Crash of Hennington and The Crane Wife), 1 short story collection for adults (Topics About Which I Know Nothing) and 6 novels for young adults (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men, A Monster Calls, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here).

Patrick has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Red House Book Award, the Jugendliteratur Preis, the UKLA Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

Patrick made history when he and illustrator Jim Kay were the first duo to win both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals in 2014 for their book A Monster Calls.

Patrick also writes screenplays, including for the movie version of A Monster Calls starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, out October 2016.

Patrick recently announced that he was the creator, sole writer and co-executive producer on a brand new, official Doctor Who spinoff series for television.