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Emily Kenny – Essex Book Festival

High House Production Park, Vellacott Close Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex RM19 1RJ, June 11, 2022 2:00 pm

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Heroes and Villains – Children’s Writing Workshop

How do you create a hero who keeps readers on the edge of their seat and a villain everyone will love to hate? Find out in middle grade author Emily Kenny’s jam-packed workshop!

Leave with your very own hero and villain ready for adventure and find out some behind-the-scenes writerly secrets along the way…

Venue: High House Production Park, Vellacott Close, Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex, RM19 1RJ

Tickets: Free, booking essential

Date and time: Saturday 11th June, 2.00pm

For ages: 8-12

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks by Emily Kenny

A story about finding your voice, friendship and unlikely heroes.

Sometimes all it takes is a little magic to find your voice…

Alice Tonks is eager to make friends at boarding school, but she’s always found it hard to fit in. Then she discovers she is a switcher and can talk to animals.

As she starts to explore her newfound abilities, to her horror she learns that creatures are going missing. Only Alice holds the key to solving the mystery, but she’ll need to harness her full powers first. And to do that she’ll need a bit of help from her new friends – animal and human alike.


‘A tale of friendship with an autistic protagonist, by an autistic author, this promises to be a great new series.’ Bookseller

‘Everyone says stories have heart but The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks has heart, soul and so much spirit.’ Lindsay Galvin, author of Darwin’s Dragons


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Like Alice, Emily Kenny is autistic and wanted to write her debut novel about an autistic child protagonist. Emily studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, completed the MA in Children’s Literature at Roehampton University and was part of the Spark Mentor scheme with WriteMentor. She works as a secondary school English teacher and Special Educational Needs coordinator. Emily lives in London.

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