Sally Gardner – Carnegie Medal winner talks about the joys of the visual mind

Sally Gardner has sold over 2 MILLION books. She is a Costa Kids Book Award winner, a Carnegie Medal winner, and she’s back with her 3rd adult novel, ‘The Snow Song’.

We talk about why stories are the most important thing to everyone’s life, and how she keeps that at the front of her mind always. You can hear about why her visual imagination lets her know when she’s off-track with her plotting, and why she’s the patron saint of reluctant readers.

‘The Snow Song’ is about Edith, who lives alone with her alcoholic father who is forcing her to marry the village butcher. But she is in love with a shepherd who promised to return to her. As the village becomes isolated in a sea of snow, Edith loses her power of speech. And it is this enchantment that will have far-reaching consequences, not only for Edith but for the whole village.

It’s about women being silenced, magic and adventure. We chat about why the idea was given to her, and why she wrote this one for adults and not kids… but how ultimately, Sally believes any idea can be figured out for any audience.

You can get a copy of ‘The Snow Song’ here –

This episode is sponsored by ‘The Last Human’ by Robin Foale. If you want to read about Alice and her adventure through a strange, unknown world filled with robots and anthropomorphic animals, click here – (It’s under £3! What a steal!)

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