Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

I'm really looking forward to this... Lars is a former Norwegian Premier League footballer, and his novel is brilliant:


Do you think your family is weird? Well, meet those in The Disappearing Children by Lars Joachim Grimstad and The Savages by Matt Whyman. One includes a taxi driving dad who becomes Prime Minster in post-revolution Norway, and the other is a darkly delicious treat for anyone who has been embarrassed by their own flesh and blood.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

YALC event details

Olympia, London

YALC is a celebration of young adult books. Staged within the London Film & Comic Con, YA fans have the chance to meet their favourite authors, listen to panel discussions and take part in workshops. Tickets are available here.

Friday 17th July
2.30- 3.15pm - Thrills and chills: Writing Horror
Get YALC 2015 off to a spooky and spine-chilling start with this panel event. Feel the fear as our fantastic panel of authors Will Hill, Dawn Kurtagich, Lou Morgan, Darren Shan and Matt Whyman discuss the resurgence of horror and psychological thrillers, and the ongoing appeal of scary tales.

Sunday 19th July
10.30-11.15am - Mental Health in YA
As part our our ‘What is Normal?’ strand, we’ll be speaking out about mental health in books for young adults. Authors Holly BourneBrian Conaghan,Annabel Pitcher and Matt Whyman will be exploring the representation of mental health issues in YA today. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Savages film news

Film rights for The Savages have been optioned by Escape Artists Entertainment.

Escape Artists are a motion picture and television production company in Los Angeles with feature credits including The Taking of Pelham 123 (John Travolta), The Pursuit of Happyness (Will Smith), Sex Tape (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) and Southpaw (Jake Gyllenhaal).

The Savages is published in the UK by Hot Key Books and in the USA by The Overlook Press.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

YALC 2015 appearance

I'll be appearing at YALC 2015, part of London Film and Comic Con, at Olympia, London, 17 - 19th July. 

Over 60 YA authors are featured in the line up, headlined by Judy Blume. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Savages  - USA paperback edition published

In America, the story of an ordinary, hard working family of cannibals arrives in paperback this week. Following on from last year's hardback and digital edition, the book features Jason Chan's original artwork and praise from authors such as Marcus Sedgwick and Ellen Potter.

Described by Publishers Weekly as 'wickedly funny and mildly disturbing', The Savages is now available in all good book stores from Overlook Press.

To mark publication, check out the Goodreads giveaway with ten free copies up for grabs - open until April 21 2015.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Young Writers Conference 2014

I'll be giving the keynote speech at this year's Young Writers Conference, hosted by the Scottish Book Trust

Open to writers of all abilities aged 14-17, the event takes place on Saturday November 1 at the Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Full details here.