With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!
Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year.
The Doctor has been represented in books fairly often, the stories are serialised in book format and just a few months ago Doctor Who and Mr Men came together for the Mr Doctor books. However, this will be the first ever poetry collection about The Doctor and it sounds brilliant!
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will be a collection of poems celebrating the joys, sorrows and wonders of being a Time Lord and will be authored by James Goss who has adapted three Doctor Who books previously. The collection will contain illustrations by former Doctor Who executive producer Russell T. Davies. It will be Davies’ first role as an illustrator and fans of the series will be keen to get a taste of his artistic talent.
The collection will publish on 14th September with BBC Books, publishing in North America on the same day by HarperCollins. The launch is set to coincide with National Poetry Day on 28th September. Pre-order is now available and it’s sure to be a bestseller and is likely to top the books charts well into the festive season too.
Author KC Land, aged 24, recently wrote and self-published her debut storybook Negan The Stardust, which attempts to explain one of the first and most important questions we ask: what are we made of, and where did we come from?
Land’s story is of a brave stellar atom named Negan who wanders with her friends Carbon and Hydrogen towards Earth after her own home is destroyed in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova.
The idea first came about when the author-whose real name is Casey Keene Stakland- was dealing with intense questions from her son.
“My son started asking some big questions such as ‘Why are we real?’ and ‘How did we get here?’ at the tender age of three. I tried at first to explain simply that we are real because we can make choices and that we all came from our mothers’ tummies, but he was obviously not satisfied with these answers and continued to ask.”
Now today we hear the news that there are two new Doctor Who stories coming later this year and female authors are again the flavour of the day. However, we’re in for a real treat this time as the two new stories are written by award winning Naomi Alderman (The Power), and Juno Dawson.
The ‘Creative call to arms’ will combine Neil Gaiman’s words with striking illustrations from Chris Riddell, drawn from speeches, poems and creative manifestos Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world.