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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Make Books Your Thing This Spring

So, it's a good time to stay in and read a book...

read several books...
read together...
read to each other...
read to learn...
read to escape...
read and let your imagination soar!

You may not be able to travel, but you and your family can still go anywhere... in a good book!

For a limited time you can read This part one for FREE on the Medium platform - only via THIS special 'friend' link - we hope to add more free reading for you, so keep checking back!

We've just added our new shop-shelf - HERE - you'll find a choice of exciting, funny, fantastic, inspiring, adventure books where you can still go to a café and have madcap adventures with dragons and talking fruit. Or you can help two brave young girls save an injured dog, solve the mystery of the missing standing stone, and explore a whole new world of fantasy and friendships... more than enough to enthrall, entertain and even educate in these strange times

...you'll also find some content you can read for free!

Also, it's a good time to get outside and enjoy the freshness of the spring season with a fresh book... Remember to wrap-up warm, though, and find a nice quiet spot in a garden. Be sure to remain aware of Social Distancing if using a public outdoor space, and please enjoy your portion of the outdoors responsibly.

...become and aviator of the imagination this spring with The Red Sparrow!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Join the Red Sparrow Writers for a Nature's Christmas

The Red Sparrow Press will be back at RSPB Conwy for their very special Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December. We will have a stand in the Look Out with authors in attendance for chats and book signings...

a selection of Christmas cards and gifts
available in RSPB reserve shops...

FREE ENTRY to this festive event... toast marshmallows, browse stalls, make Christmas crafts, enjoy pond dipping, meet local wildlife, authors and artists... and Santa!

10am to 4pm

BOOK NOW TO VISIT SANTA: Booking is required for the 'Search for Santa' activities at 11am, 1pm & 3pm (£4 per child & £2 for each accompanying adult.) Limited spaces available.

For more event details and bookings see the RSPB Conwy website

See you there! We're sure Yule like it!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Red Sparrow Writers at RSPB Conwy

We're very excited to announce that The Red Sparrow Press will be hosting a full day of exhibitions, storytelling, creative workshops and fun for Halloween Half-Term this October, and appropriately enough this will be at RSPB Conwy! We'd love to meet you there!

Will you spot the Red Sparrow at RSPB Conwy 
on Tuesday 29th of October?

10:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m 

Pop-up Exhibition 
of Fun Fantasy Illustrations 
in the Look Out 
with authors and illustrators present for chats 
and book signings. 
Prints and books available for purchase.


2 p.m - 4 p.m

Storytelling and fun activities 
with Kim Vertue, author of 'Welcome to the Dragon Café' 
and Remy Dean author of 'This, That and the Other' 
who will be joined by young illustrator Zel Cariad 
for workshops 
where you can try your hand at illustration.

This is a ticketed event in the Look Out,
suitable for ages 7 - 14. 
RSPB members £3 / £4 non-members
(ticket sales support the RSPB - limited spaces so book yours soon)

by telephone : 01492 581025
by e-mail : conwy@rspb.org.uk

check-out the RSPB Conwy Reserve website HERE 

- did you know they already have their own Dragon and Café?

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Welcome to the Dragon Café by Kim Vertue with Zel Cariad


Do Dragons really exist? 

Do they visit the mysterious café in the middle of the mountains? If so, what would be their favourite breakfast? Would a world-famous wildlife expert keep the secret or give them away? 

Join Sara and Andy on their summer adventures seeking the answers to many such random questions, some of which may be explained in this book…

‘A thrilling boingy read!
...mainly chapter five, which is all about ME!’ 
Smiley Lemon

‘Just read it already!
...and make up your own mind!’ 
Jess the Dragon

The Dragon Café
Opens for business this Solstice!

The new book by
Kim Vertue & Zel Cariad 
- available now -
(click cover image above for more)
to order the paperback book click HERE

Dragons will fly,

Macaws will talk,

Fluffies will float,

Pirates will fling cake,

Hairdressers will arrive,

Lemons will boing,

Limes will snooze,

Film crews will appear,

Portals will magically open,

and Jack will still be an octopus...

Sunday, 8 January 2017

THIS (part two) by Remy Dean and Zel Cariad


This spring, the epic Fantasy adventure continues...

Rietta and Carla have stepped into another realm and are lost in a wonderful world of natural beauty, magical wonder and very real peril. They find reluctant allies among the spirits of the great Greenwood, before setting out to find Dreamers Dell in the hope of fulfilling their promise to help the Fair Ones. Along the way, they meet a mechanician, with his amazing mechanical animals, and fall-in with a band of Elfyn warriors.

When they are introduced to a mysterious and sinister mumblebone, they soon realise that things are getting much more dangerous than they ever expected. Though, as the girls discover more of This extraordinary realm, they also discover that they, themselves, may be even more extraordinary.

This, That and the Other
by Remy Dean with Zel Cariad

book one : part two

click cover image to read for FREE
[ This offer ends Saturday! ]

This (Part One) is available HERE

This, That and the Other is imaginative fantasy, on an epic scale. The story follows the special friendship between two girls who embark on a magical adventure together, across the three realms. It is a modern fable inspired by Welsh fairy tales and folklore, in the tradition of The Neverending Story, The Box of Delights, The Chronicles of Narnia

Book One is being premiered exclusively through amazon in four parts through 2017. Each part will be FREE on release for a strictly limited period only. Part One is is still available at a special introductory price of 99p - this special offer price will be held until release of Part Two.

Find out about reading it on your device and download Free Kindle Reader Software:

Kindle App for mobile devices
Kindle for PC or Mac
...or buy a Kindle Reader

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

THIS by Remy Dean with Zel Cariad

This Halloween, the epic Fantasy adventure begins...

The Red Sparrow Press presents: 

the new novel by Remy Dean with Zel Cariad

This, That and the Other
by Remy Dean with Zel  Cariad
book one : part one

This is the first in a new epic fairy-tale trilogy: This, That and the Other. 

For Children's Book Week: from Halloween, 31st October - 4th November,  This (part one) is available FREE as an exclusive amazon kindle edition.  (Parts two, three and four of This will follow on a quarterly schedule.)

NOTE: The FREE promotion has now ended but we are keeping the price low until This (part two) is published in the New Year...

They say, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” right? Well, of course that’s not really true. They also say, “Knowledge is power.” Well that’s not always true either… because, somewhere between not knowing and knowing, there lies imagination. That’s the key… the key that unlocks secrets.

It did, once upon a time, and it still does today…

It began a long time ago, but for Rietta, it really began when she met Carla, another very special and extraordinary person, and realised that they shared the same dreams.

Or perhaps it all started when Rietta and Carla found the severely injured dog in the woods, becoming firm friends as they tried to nurse it back to health and happiness.

Then there was the thing that they glimpsed watching them from the shadows, and the mystery of the missing standing-stone… but when they find the key to another realm, well, then things really start happening!

This That and the Other is imaginative fantasy, on an epic scale. The story follows the special friendship between two girls who embark on a magical adventure together, across the three realms. It is a modern fable inspired by Welsh fairy tales and folklore, in the tradition of The Neverending Story, The Box of Delights, The Chronicles of Narnia… and will appeal to a similar readership.

CLICK, TAP (OR PECK) HERE to read a recent interview with Remy Dean and  Zel Cariad in The Scrawl along with fellow Red Sparrow writer, Kin Vertue.

Click the cover at top of post to read the preview at amazon or read our special sample HERE

Read an interview with Remy Dean about This at  P J Roscoe's blog The Story Lady

Find out more about The Book Trust's Children's Book Week HERE

Happy Halloween!

Friday, 12 August 2016

THIS ... is a Special Preview

You may have seen Red Sparrow author, Remy Dean, at a few festivals and conventions this summer. He has been reading extracts from his forthcoming novel, This, which will be the first book in the This, That and The Other trilogy. If you were lucky enough to be there for one of his readings, you may well have picked up one of the free promotional booklets containing the sample chapter he has been airing. If you have not been one of the 'lucky few', you can now read  A Little Bit of This, in digital form below, and then you can enter our competition to win a copy of the full novel!
Please note that this extract is printed in advance of the publication of the entire novel and there may be slight differences in the text of the final version. Click above to read full-screen. ('Escape' to exit full-screen)

THIS COMPETITION: Turn to page 20 for details of how to enter the special competition for a chance to win a signed copy of the full novel, This, when it is published later this year!


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Events 2016: Meet The Red Sparrow

The Red Sparrow Press will be representing at the following events, where you will be able to meet our authors, listen to them reading their stories and get special previews of up-coming books:

Saturday 13rd & Sunday 14th August:

'The Legendary Llangollen Faery Festival', Llangollen
- readings and signings + MORE about this event +

Saturday 3rd September:

'Sci-Fi Wales', Llandudno
- readings and signings + MORE about this event +

For up-dates and latest news, follow us on twitter @RedSparrowPress 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

What is The Red Sparrow Press?

The Red Sparrow is a small independent publisher of books that appeal to younger readers, Young Adults and families... Our first four books are now out and widely available and include This exciting epic fairytale-fantasy series and a super bouncy story about a magical-mystical Dragon Café...

Be there at the start to share these adventurous flights of the imagination with The Red Sparrow!

and keep up with our new titles, author events and creative workshops right here, on this Red Sparrow Blog...

The Red Sparrow Press started out as an imprint of Questing Beast Books - the award-winning small press based in the heart of Snowdonia who have been publishing The Scrawl since the year 2000 (a literary magazine recently recognised by the National Library of Wales as “an important part of Wales’ documentary heritage”).

The Scrawl chatted with some of our authors and illustrators about their favourite books
- you can read those interviews here:

and you may find these informative and exclusive Scrawl interviews with other YA authors of interest, too: