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Lee Murray: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief authors Lee Murray

Lee Murray: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Here Lee Murray talks with us about her Clamour and Mischief story "Kūpara and Tekoteko," while also offering a reading of "Kūpara and Tekoteko on our YouTube channel – have a listen! What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story? One interesting thing I learned was that here in Aotearoa New Zealand, our raven has no name of its own. The reason for this is because the large black songbird (of which there were three subspecies concentrated mainly in the lower South Island and Chatham Islands) has been extinct for several centuries, and its name lost...

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Alex Marchant: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Alex Marchant Clamour and Mischief authors

Alex Marchant: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Alex joins Clamour and Mischief with the story "Watchers," and also reads a bit, so tune in to "Watchers" and have a listen. * My favourite tidbit learned during my research was the Hungarian name for the hooded crow - the 'dolman crow' (dolmányos varjú), named after the Turkish word for a robe with sleeves, as seen in the black wings upon its grey body. But I initially read it as 'dolmen' crow, as in a megalithic tomb - perfect for use in a story which prominently features a prehistoric standing stone ... So I left the erroneous spelling in...

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Eugen Bacon: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief authors Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Eugen Bacon's Clamour and Mischief story is called "Sleuthing for a Cause" and here Eugen shares her favourite bit about writing it, and reads from her tale, too! What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story?  How birds do it. A tail feather actually moves. What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour and Mischief?  Concocting the kind of 'maladies' that an erratic witchdoctor might cure, and what that cure might entail.   Which is your favourite corvid and why?  I never imagined I had one (I might have imagined it was the weaver...

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Dannye Chase: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief authors Dannye Chase

Dannye Chase: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

In our Clamour and Mischief Q&A we ask Dannye Chase, author of "Branwen and the Three Ravens," to share what inspired and delighted her in writing her story, and then  Dannye shares a reading from it too. What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story? I learned that there was actually an opera based on The Seven Ravens, the fairy tale which I retold, in 1844. What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour & Mischief? I loved getting to research fairy tales and remember old favorites. There are so many wonderful tales...

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Geneve Flynn: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief authors Geneve Flynn

Geneve Flynn: Clamour and Mischief's Author Spotlight

Clamour and Mischief author Geneve Flynn joins our quick corvids Q&A (try saying that four feathery times fast), talking about her story "The Past is Not a Present," and reading from her tale, too! What is the most unexpected tidbit you learned while researching your story? According to Chinese folklore, the five noxious animals – snake, scorpion, centipede, toad, and spider – protect against poison. They were carved into amulets or woven into patterns on clothing. What was your favourite thing about writing a story for Clamour & Mischief? Getting to pay homage to a movie that made a big...

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