Thursday, 16 March 2017

Meet the participants of the #LlandeiloBookFair: Angela Fish

Angela will not only be at the Book Fair on Saturday, but will also be giving a rading of her work as part of the #LlandeiloLitFest programme on Saturday April 29th 4pm at Eve’s Toy Shop.
Eventbrite - Angela Fish reading from her latest book ‘Ben and the Spider Lake’ (ages 5-9)   Saturday April 29th  4pm at Eve’s Toy Shop. Admission is Free Ben and the Spider Lake
Welcome to this blog Angela. Please tell us about the books you’ll be bringing to the Book Fair.

Ben and the Spider Gate
Ben and the Spider Prince
Ben and the Spider Lake

Which genres do they belong to?

Children’s – magic realism.

What are the characters and plots like?

Ben and the Spider Gate
Ben loves chatting to his wise Gran, playing computer games with his best friend Jess, and helping his dad to train his clever dog Scoot. Best of all though, he likes playing ball in the garden with Scoot.
Then one hot, summer day Ben meets Lox, the gate-keeper of the spider kingdom under the garden hedge. Lox desperately needs Ben’s help before the end of the autumn, but can Ben save the spider kingdom without leaving the garden and going into the deep, dark wood? The leaves are starting to fall, and Ben and Jess must take a brave decision if the spiders are to have a safe winter. Talking to Gran, Ben begins to suspect that she might know more about his quest than she’s admitting.

Ben and the Spider Prince 

Lox, the gate-keeper of the spider kingdom under the hedge in Ben’s garden, asks Ben
for help again. The Spider Wizard needs three special ingredients before the next full moon to make a magic potion to cure the Spider Prince, but can Ben find them in time? He meets some unusual creatures on his quest who are not all as scary as they first seem. Ben wants to tell his best friend Jess but she’d rather spend time with the new girl in school, so he asks his gran instead. They look for clues on the computer and in the library, but how much does
Gran really know, and will she tell Ben a secret that will keep him safe from Spindra, the evil sister of the Spider Queen?

Ben and the Spider Lake
In the summer holidays Ben, his family, his dog Scoot, and his best friend Jess, stay in a cottage near the Dark Mountains, where Ben and Jess meet a white owl called Hiboo and a mysterious lady.
When Ben arrives home he finds out that the lane at the back of his garden is going to be dug up. He has to find Lox, the guardian of the Spider Gate to tell him what’s going to happen. Ben and Jess try desperately to think of somewhere that the spiders could live but they only have four weeks before the workmen arrive. Can they find a safe home for the spiders in time? If they do, how will they move them? Is there anyone who could help? Maybe Gran has some ideas.

Tell us about your newest book.

I have just completed the first book of a trilogy, with books two and three ‘mapped out’. Molly and the Magic Mirror is aimed at the 7-10-year-old age group. Book one is The Key and the Copper Horse; book two will be The Dreaming Tree Forest and the Stolen Child, and book three will be The Snow Ghost and the Emerald Clover Leaf.  

Which of your books are you’re most proud of, and why?

That’s difficult! Probably Spider Gate as it was the first one accepted for publication.

What is the best thing that has been said about your books?

‘A joyous and magical story with wonderful illustrations; so well-written that it can delight children and adult readers alike. Can’t wait for the third sequel!  D J, Book Guild Customer Review (5 star)’
‘The story Ben and the Spider Prince was so extraordinary and amazing it made me want to be involved in the exciting tale. In my opinion you are the most fascinating author in the world! Your tale is so unique!’ Feedback from a junior school pupil.

Why did you decide to come to the Llandeilo Book Fair?

I met a number of local authors at the Tenby Book Fair last year and found the whole experience so rewarding that I decided to try to become involved with other, similar events. I’ve also heard that last year’s festival at Llandeilo was exciting and rewarding for authors.

Do you have a special connection to Wales?

I was born in Cardiff; grew up under the shadow of Castell Coch in Tongwynlais; went to school in Llandaff; worked in Whitchurch and Treforest; studied at the University of Glamorgan, and have lived in south Wales all my life.

Who are your favourite authors?

I don’t have one particular favourite. I like the work of Robert Goddard, J K Rowling, Helen Dunmore, Sian James, Bernice Rubens, James Patterson, for example, but I’m always happy to read work by authors I’ve not encountered before.

Please share your social media links and buy links to your books.

Twitter: @angelaEfish
Buy from the publisher’s online bookstore:
 from Amazon:  or from other online bookstores (Waterstones, WHSmiths). Signed copies available via my website.


I was recently invited to do a live interview on the Roy Noble Show for BBC Radio Wales. Great experience.  

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