Patrick Ness at Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Patrick Ness reading from #TheRestofUs at #BathKidsLitFest

Patrick Ness reading from #TheRestofUs at #BathKidsLitFest

The author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness, talks about the inspirations, passions and experiences behind writing some of his most famous books for teens. In this unmissable event, Patrick also discusses his amazing latest novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

Date 26-09-2015
Time 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Venue Guildhall
I received a free ticket for reviewing this event.


Some wise words from Patrick Ness before I start this review:
“Do not peak in High School.”

Now then, onto the actual event. After being introduced by Chair (Gill McLay) Patrick Ness read from his newest book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

Having now listened to a few authors at various Bath Children’s Festival Events read from their books I would say Patrick Ness is certainly one of the authors that you just want to keep reading. Preferably the whole book. I’ve never taken to audio books but maybe if Patrick Ness started doing his own I might be converted.

Upon finished, all too soon, and with a DUN DUN DUUUUN!!! cliff-hanger. Patrick Ness and Gill McLay talked about the inspiration for The Rest of Us Just Live Here, which was partly to tell the joke at the beginning of Chapter 10 (read the book). But also because not everyone can be the hero, sometimes it’s just about graduating.

Patrick Ness also explained how the pressure had increased for him to do something different with each new book. He talked about writing the screenplay for A Monster Calls and on the topic of censorship that how young readers are the best at picking their own books.

His “no one tells me what to write but me” philosophy and that you have to know the rules in order to break them.

I really enjoyed this event because it’s to clear how passionate Patrick Ness is about writing, books and readers.



What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.



Books I’ve reviewed:
More Than This
The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Telegraph Bath Children’s Literature Festival runs from
Friday 25th September to Sunday 4th October.

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