Welcome to the website of award-winning author, Celia Rees
Celia Rees is one of Britain's foremost writers for teenagers with an international readership and reputation. Her novel Witch Child has been published in 28 languages and is required reading in secondary schools in the UK. Although her recent novels have been historical, she has written about everything from vampires to Shakespeare. She began by writing edgy, gritty thrillers for teenagers. This Is Not Forgiveness takes her back to her roots.
Costa winner and Carnegie shortlisted author Linda Newbery reviews This Is Not Forgiveness
Festival of Literature for Young People
Celia is looking forward to being at The University of East Anglia's exciting Festival of Literature for Young People – 20–24 June 2016.
Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary
1616–2016. It is four hundred years since William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon. The anniversary of his death will be marked all around the world by performances, exhibitions, programmes of creative and cultural activities.
April, the month of his birth and his death, seems a good time to remember him and his work. Fellow History Girl Mary Hoffman’s book Shakespeare's Ghost is published on 23rd April, and The History Girls are having a whole month of Shakespeare-related blogs.
Here I'm talking about the book in Shakespeare's garden:
To celebrate his life, I think everyone should do at least one thing that is related to Shakespeare this year – watch or read one of his plays, visit Stratford-upon-Avon, go to an exhibition, write or paint something inspired by him or his plays. You can find just how much is going on at Shakespeare 400 . If you accept the Shakespeare Challenge, let me know how you get on. You can get in touch with me here.
World Book Day, March 3rd, 2016
On World Book Day, Celia was at King Edward VI School Handsworth and was very happy to take part in another Pirates! Day.
Previous Pirates! Day fun:
Trap in Time
Celia is delighted to announce the re-publication of her Trap in Time series: City of Shadows, A Trap in Time and The Host Rides Out as e books, all with splendid new covers. Trap in Time began as the HAUNTS series and was then turned into a trilogy. Celia is renowned for her ability to build fear into fiction and to create a sense of creeping dread. These novels contain some of her very best scary writing. There is no such thing as a safe scare – as you'll find out here. And see the new editions here!
HodderSilver is the home of all things Sci Fi, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction and it's an honour to be in the company of some of the greats of British Children's Fiction, including Robert Swindells, Nicholas Fisk, Jan Mark, Adele Geras and Jean Ure.
Witch Child is one of The Book People's Top 10 YA reads!
- A scene from Witch Child was part of The American Museum, Bath's Christmas Display. It is in their earliest room, a C17th keeping room, and will represent the point in the book where Mary is hiding her diary in the quilt.
The Christmas Displays were open from Saturday 22 November until Sunday 14 December. More information is on their website. This is particularly exciting as a visit to the American Museum supplied vital inspiration for Witch Child. Celia saw a Quilt Exhibition there and that was when she had the idea of hiding Mary's Diary in a quilt.
- Celia was in conversation with Penny Dolan and Leslie Wilson at the Oxford Literary Festival on 30th March, talking about Great Women from British History with Mary Hoffman trying to keep us in order. History Girls all!
- Celia is proud to be a History Girl and even prouder to be included in the new History Girls Anthology: Daughters of Time, published on International Women's Day, Saturday, March 8th, 2014.
Stories by Penny Dolan, Adele Geras, Mary Hoffman, Dianne Hofmeyr, Marie-Louise Jensen, Catherine Johnson, Katherine Langrish, Joan Lennon, Sue Purkiss, Katherine Roberts, Anne Rooney and Leslie Wilson who have each chosen remarkable women from British History, ranging from Boudica to Greenham Common's anti-nuclear activists.
Celia's story is about suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. Read Celia's History Girls blog about it, and her interview here.
- Witch Child has been included in the Booktrust's Ultimate List: The 100 Best Children's Books published in the last 100 years. See the other choices, vote for your choice or add your own comments here.
And read Celia's blog about what she would have included in the list!
- This Is Not Forgiveness has won!
Coventry Inspiration Book Awards Simply The Book – 14+
- This is Not Forgiveness was included in Kirkus Reviews 2012 Top Teen Books.
- It was also one of Maryom's Picks of the Year on networkedblogs.
- Celia was thrilled to see This is Not Forgiveness selected as one of the Top Ten Teen Titles for 2012 by Martin Chilton of the Daily Telegraph!
More great news for This is Not Forgiveness:
- Selected for the Booktrust Best Book Guide
- Shortlisted for the 2012 Southern Schools Book Award
- Selected for the 2013 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards
New This Is Not Forgiveness minisite – incuding a video. Read Rob's journal:
This Is Not Forgiveness has been given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews!
"I was hooked, fascinated by the voice of the story's central character and already feeling a mounting sense of anticipatory dread on his behalf – a sure sign you're in the hands of a fine storyteller."
Tony Bradman, The Guardian – read more
"It's a tale of love requited (but in the wrong way), and a plot loaded with contemporary, incendiary prescience. Slick and compelling, This is Not Forgiveness leaves a fiery afterburn in the mind."
Philip Womack, The Literary Review – read more
Blog Tour – in early February, Celia toured This Is Not Forgiveness
Click the tour dates image to the left, to get a full list of venues. Or click below to see the blog tour posts as they appeared:
Sister Spooky interviewed Celia on 30th January
The Mountains of Instead reviewed the book on 31st January
On 1st February Celia did a Q&A on The Great, the Good and the Bad
Read Celia's writing tips on Writing from the Tub, on 2nd February
And more Q&A on Books, Coffee & Anything Crafty on 3rd February
Celia talked about her This Is Not Forgiveness playlist on Readaraptor, on 6th February
On 7th February the book was reviewed at Serendipity Reviews
Celia described a day in her life on 8th February, for The Cait Files
And on 8th February she picked outthe best fictional deaths, for Feeling Fictional
To finish off the blog tour, on 10th February Celia talked on Belle Books about the film that inspired This Is Not Forgiveness.
Listen to Celia on the Guardian's podcast about This Is Not Forgiveness!
THIS IS NOT FORGIVENESS
Celia's new book came out on 2nd February, and it's a bit of a departure, addressing hard-hitting issues that are prevalent in modern teenagers' lives.
Praise for This Is Not Forgiveness:
"Sleek, dark and dangerous. Celia Rees has ventured into new territory and returned with explosives." Patrick Ness
“In a remarkable book that manages to be both lyrical and gritty in the same breath, Celia Rees takes us into into a apparently ordinary world where love, betrayal, faith and violence appear hand in hand on virtually every page. I love it for its deceptively gentle prose, its totally believable characters and its vortex of a plot. It's a real achievement – Celia has really excelled herself with this one.” Melvyn Burgess
"This is Not Forgiveness is a startling new novel by Celia Rees … a powerful story told as a multiple narrative … a brilliant read." Anne Cassidy
Reviews | Summary | Inspiration | Trailer | Blog Tour
"What Rees does frighteningly well is build up the slow tension in her stories."
"Compelling and convincing… Rees has become a major writer for teenage readers."
"Rees’s outstanding fiction carries both historical and psychological conviction"
Books for Keeps
"Well-known for her ability to write gripping stories featuring strong, intelligent female characters"
The Financial Times
Here you can find out more about Celia in the author section, explore in-depth information about her books, get details of what Celia's writing at the moment and forthcoming events, find out the answers to popular questions and contact Celia via her agents or publishers.