Meet the authors:
L. D. Lapinski is the author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, which was published in April 2020. She lives just outside Sherwood Forest with her family, a lot of books, and a cat called Hector. L.D. first wrote a book when she was seven; it was made of lined paper and sellotape, and it was about a frog who owned an aeroplane.
“I am so pleased to be working with the National Literacy Trust and Read On Nottingham to help inspire a love of reading in children across Nottinghamshire. Reading and writing allow children to explore wonderful worlds and create new ones of their very own, and I can’t wait to help families discover the joy of these together, to secure a life-long love of reading that will support their literacy and allow their imaginations to grow.”
William Hussey is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. As a gay man and a visiting author, he has spoken to hundreds of LGBTQ+ students worldwide. Hearing their stories of modern intolerance, prejudice and the tragic consequences this has can lead to, inspired him to write his first LGBTQ+ book, Hideous Beauty. Fusing real LGBTQ+ stories with classic genre writing, Will is a dazzling new voice in UKYA.
“I am delighted to be part of Connecting Stories with the National Literacy Trust and Read On Nottingham. Reading is a vital way for our young people to learn about other people’s stories, and writing can help children discover their own story and explore who they are. I hope this project will inspire a love of reading in children and young people across Nottingham to support their literacy and ignite their curiosity about the stories around them.”
Darren Simpson lives in Nottingham with his wife and two mischievous boys, and spends most of his time pretending he knows what he's doing. After not quite making it as a drummer in a rock band, Darren turned to writing and discovered that it's a fun way not only to escape reality, but also to explore and confront it in unusual ways. He can usually be found lost in his headphones or eating cake mix with a spoon.
“I am so happy to be part of Connecting Stories in Nottingham! As a local author and volunteer Literacy Champion for Read On Nottingham, I see first-hand the transformative effect reading can have on a child’s confidence, wellbeing and ultimately their life chances. I hope this project allows us to reach and inspire thousands more children and young people in the city to find a love of reading that will stay with them forever.”