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Episode 38: Books to help in troubling times - with Catherine Barter, SF Said and Sarah Shaffi

27 June, 2017

Author SF Said, journalist Sarah Shaffi and YA debut Catherine Barter join Melissa and Louise in the studio to talk about how books teach children to think, question and empathise with others - and recommend books that can help children to understand turbulent times.
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Episode 37: DTRH Live at Hay Festival - The Illustrators Who Made Us

03 June, 2017

For this special live event at Hay Festival, top illustrators Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup join Katherine to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal with a discussion of some favourite books from the prize's history and illustrators who have inspired them - as well as the power of pictures in children's books.
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Episode 36: Yasmeen Ismail and David Solomons

30 May, 2017

This month's guests are picture book creator Yasmeen Ismail and award-winning author David Solomons, who join Katherine and Louise to discuss three new children's books. Plus an interview with YA superstar Nicola Yoon.
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Episode 35: Kiran Millwood Hargrave with young readers Sterrett and Nicky

25 April, 2017

Melissa and Louise are joined by this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Kiran Millwood Hargrave and avid young readers Sterrett & Nicky to review this month's releases. Plus an interview with NYT #1 bestselling sensation Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give.
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Episode 34: Alex Wheatle

28 March, 2017

A special episode with Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winner Alex Wheatle, discussing his award-winning Crongton Knights - plus a reading from new book Straight Outta Crongton. Also featuring a round-up of this month's best new children's books.
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Episode 33: Down the Rabbit Hole Live: The Power of The Imagination

04 March, 2017

Our first live show! The very first live DTRH event took place on 2 March 2017, as part of the nationwide World Book Day celebrations.
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Episode 32: Gemma Cairney and Rosalind Jana

28 February, 2017

This month's guests are BBC Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney and writer Rosalind Jana, who help us celebrate World Book Day and discuss their non-fiction books for teenagers. Plus a discussion of new young adult novel Ink and details of DTRH's first ever live show!
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Episode 31: Lissa Evans and Martin Stewart

31 January, 2017

Authors Lissa Evans and Martin Stewart join the DTRH team in the studio to discuss three newly-published books. Plus we talk about how books can help children and young people understand more about complex world events.
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Episode 30: Christmas Special with Steven Lenton, Melinda Salisbury and Kate Wilson

25 December, 2016

Join the DTRH gang for a festive special: a review of the year in children's books with YA author Melinda Salisbury, illustrator Steve Lenton and Nosy Crow publisher Kate Wilson. Including our favourite books of 2016, an interview with Guardian Children's Prize nominee Zana Fraillon, a feature on YA charity anthology I'll Be Home For Christmas, and readings from a new collection of stories, Winter Magic.
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Episode 29: NaNoWriMo Special with Barry Cunningham, Natasha Farrant and Catherine Johnson

29 November, 2016

Our NaNoWriMo special features writing tips and advice from our three studio guests - top children's publisher Barry Cunningham, author Natasha Farrant, and author/screenwriter Catherine Johnson. Plus Louise meets bestselling YA author Jennifer Niven to hear about her approach to writing.
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Episode 28: Clara Vulliamy and Polly Faber

25 October, 2016

The duo behind the Mango and Bambang series, Clara Vulliamy and Polly Faber, join the DTRH team to discuss three new children's books. Also featuring Katherine Rundell and Julie Mayhew, who talk about the Russian settings of their most recent novels over a Russian tea.
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Episode 27: Clare Balding

27 September, 2016

Author, journalist and TV presenter Clare Balding joins the team in the studio to talk about her first children's book The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop - plus a discussion of favourite animal stories, and some exciting Down the Rabbit Hole news.
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Episode 26: Poetry Special with Joseph Coelho and Sarah Crossan

30 August, 2016

Katherine and Louise are joined by CILIP Carnegie Medal and YA Prize winner Sarah Crossan, and CLiPPA winner Joseph Coelho for a special episode all about children's poetry. Plus Louise goes behind the scenes at the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award) to chat to some young readers about their favourite poems.
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Episode 25: Steven Lenton and Katie Chapman

26 July, 2016

The gang are joined in the studio by illustrator Steven Lenton, and 16-year-old student Katie Chapman to talk about some new books for children. Also featuring a catch-up with soon-to-be-published young adult author Katherine Webber about her journey to publication.
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Episode 24: Picture Book Special with Sarah McIntyre and William Grill

28 June, 2016

Two award-winning author/illustrators, Sarah McIntyre and William Grill (plus Will's dog Barney) join the gang in the studio for a special episode about this year’s CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, and the role of illustration in children’s books. Plus Louise and Katherine go behind the scenes at the awards to interview 2016 Greenaway winner, Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.
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Episode 23: Love and Romance Special with Harriet Reuter Hapgood and Jim Dean

31 May, 2016

Young adult author Harriet Reuter Hapgood and book blogger Jim Dean join the DTRH team in the studio for a special episode discussing all things love and romance in books for children and teenagers.
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Episode 22: David Litchfield and Lisa Williamson

26 April, 2016

The gang are joined in the studio by Lisa Williamson and David Litchfield - the teen and picture book winners of the 2016 Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Plus Katherine interviews Ann M Martin, creator of The Baby-Sitters' Club.
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Episode 21: Frances Hardinge

29 March, 2016

In this special episode, Katherine and Melissa are joined in the studio by the winner of the Costa Book Award, Frances Hardinge, as well as her editor at Macmillan Children's Books Rachel Petty to talk about The Lie Tree and the 'beautiful jungle' of children's literature.
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Episode 20: Eve Ainsworth and Mike Revell

23 February, 2016

Authors Eve Ainsworth and Mike Revell join the gang to discuss this month’s new children’s book releases - plus Katherine talks about historical fiction with Ruta Sepetys and Gavriel Savit. Also featuring more book chat from the children of Netley Primary School.
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Episode 19: Charlotte Eyre and Ross Montgomery

26 January, 2016

Louise and Katherine are joined in the studio by author Ross Montgomery and journalist Charlotte Eyre to discuss this month’s new releases in children’s books. Plus a feature with Finnish author Maria Turtschaninoff about her feminist fantasy YA novel Maresi.
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Episode 18: Christmas Special with Tom Bonnick, Non Pratt and Nadia Shireen

15 December, 2015

In an hour-long festive bonanza, the gang are joined in the studio by Down the Rabbit Hole alumni Tom Bonnick, Non Pratt and Nadia Shireen. Featuring favourite books to read at Christmas, an interview with author Brian Selznick about The Marvels, a reading of a very special new picture book, Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher, and DTRH’s best books of 2015.
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Episode 17: Abi Elphinstone and Jonathan Stroud

24 November, 2015

Authors Abi Elphinstone and Jonathan Stroud join the gang to discuss three new children’s books. Plus an interview with Edward Carey, author of the Iremonger trilogy, and more from the children of Netley Primary School.
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Episode 16: Superfan Special with Robin Stevens

27 October, 2015

The DTRH team are joined in the studio by children’s author Robin Stevens for a discussion of some of the biggest phenomena in children’s publishing, including Harry Potter and Twilight. Also featuring an interview with Adam Freudenheim of Pushkin Children’s Books about children’s fiction in translation, and the very first appearance of the children of Netley Primary School.
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Episode 15: David Roberts and Katherine Webber

29 September, 2015

Illustrator David Roberts and soon-to-be published author (and Down the Rabbit Hole superfan) Katherine Webber join the gang in the studio to talk about three new children’s books. Also featuring an interview with YA authors Lydia Syson and Catherine Johnson about writing historical fiction, and a behind-the-scenes report from the CLPE Poetry Award.
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Episode 14: Phil Earle and Anna James

28 July, 2015

The DTRH team are joined in the studio by special guests journalist Anna James and author Phil Earle to talk about three new children’s books - plus an interview with US YA author Jenny Han.
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Episode 13: Picture Book Special with Steve Antony and Helen Hancocks

30 June, 2015

For their annual picture book special to celebrate the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the DTRH gang are joined by picture book creators Steve Antony and Helen Hancocks. Plus an interview with 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal William Grill, and comments from some of the children who took part in this year’s Carnegie Greenaway shadowing scheme.
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Episode 12: Lucy Mangan

26 May, 2015

Guardian journalist, author and children’s book enthusiast Lucy Mangan joins the team in the studio to discuss three new children’s books. Plus blogger Daphne of Winged Reviews interviews US YA author Sarah J Maas about her new book A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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Episode 11: Tom Bonnick and Imogen Russell Williams

28 April, 2015

The team are joined by two children’s book experts - Nosy Crow’s Tom Bonnick and journalist Imogen Russell Williams - to discuss three new books for young readers. Plus blogger Jim of YAYeahYeah interviews author Siobhan Curham about her new teen non-fiction book, True Face.
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Episode 10: Bologna Book Fair Special

31 March, 2015

With the gang away for the Bologna Book Fair, this pre-recorded episode features an interview with founders of new illustrated non-fiction imprint Wide Eyed Editions, a look at favourite children’s book author Dick King Smith, and an interview with debut young adult author Anna McKerrow about her novel Crow Moon.
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Episode 9: Birthday Special with David Maybury and Louie Stowell

24 February, 2015

To celebrate one year since Down the Rabbit Hole’s first show, Katherine and Louise are joined by two children’s books insiders - David Maybury, Commissioning Editor at Scholastic, and author Louie Stowell - to discuss a selection of brand new books. Also featuring a special trip down to the farm with author Helen Peters
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Episode 8: Rob Biddulph and Non Pratt

27 January, 2015

The team are joined in the studio by picture book creator Rob Biddulph and author Non Pratt to discuss three new children's books. Plus a feature about forthcoming YA fantasy The Sin Eater's Daughter by debut author Melinda Salisbury.
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Episode 7: Christmas Special with Chris Riddell

25 November, 2014

Author and illustrator Chris Riddell joins the gang in the studio for a DTRH festive special - including favourite Christmas children’s books, answering listeners’ Christmas book shopping dilemmas, and a chat with Chris about his latest books - Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death and The Sleeper and the Spindle (with Neil Gaiman).
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Episode 6: Benji Davies and Katherine Rundell

28 October, 2014

Katherine, Melissa and Louise are joined in the studio by award-winning author Katherine Rundell and picture book creator Benji Davies to discuss three new children’s books. Also including a special feature with Young Bond author Steve Cole and his son Tobey, who interviewed each other for the programme, plus some spooky book recommendations for Halloween.
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Episode 5: Middle Grade Special with Emma Carroll and SF Said

30 September, 2014

Katherine, Louise and Melissa are joined by two ‘middle grade’ authors writing for children aged 9-12 - Emma Carroll and SF Said - to explore books for this age group. Also featuring an interview with illustrator Johnny Duddle about reimagining Harry Potter for a new generation of readers.
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Episode 4: YA Special with James Dawson and Sarra Manning

29 July, 2014

Katherine, Melissa and Louise are joined in the studio by two leading young adult authors - Sarra Manning and current ‘Queen of Teen’ James Dawson (plus Sarra’s dog, Miss Betsy) - for a discussion of all things YA. Featuring an interview with Rainbow Rowell, and a report from the UK’s first young adult literature convention, YALC
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Episode 3: Picture Book Special with Nadia Shireen and Ed Vere

30 June, 2014

To celebrate the 2014 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the team are joined by picture book creators Nadia Shireen and Ed Vere for an episode exploring picture book illustration. Featuring an interview with 2014 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner Jon Klassen, as well as a special visit to the queen of children’s book illustration, Shirley Hughes.
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Episode 2: Susie Day and Tom Percival

26 May, 2014

To kick off their regular monthly series, Katherine, Melissa and Louise are joined in the studio by two special guests - author Susie Day and author/illustrator Tom Percival - to discuss three brand new children’s books.
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Episode 1: The Pilot

25 February, 2014

For the pilot episode of Down the Rabbit Hole, Katherine, Melissa and Louise are joined by three special guests - author/illustrator Alex T Smith and authors Laura Dockrill and Tanya Byrne - to discuss a selection of brand new children’s books. Plus a peep behind the scenes at publisher Hot Key Books; roving reporter Nikesh Shukla interviews comic creators The Etherington Brothers; tips on how to get a literary agent; and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.