Moth and the Nightingale

Chicken HouseRegular readers may have noticed that H&H took a bit of a sabbatical last year… I wasn’t doing anything terribly exciting like restoring frescoes in Florence or skydiving over Machu Picchu; I was very much here on my sofa, doing exactly what I’m doing now. Writing stuff.

Last year I wrote a children’s novel called Moth and the Nightingale. Amazingly, the first few chapters won the runner-up prize at the Montegrappa First Fiction Competition at the Emirates Airline Literature Festival, and I am delighted to announce that my novel is now going to be published in the UK by the amazing people at Chicken House! Hurrah!

Watch this space for further announcements, folks…


  1. That’s fantastic news! Well done, Lucinda.

    • Thanks so much, Rachael! 🙂

      • Dasindu

        Hi Mrs Martin I’m Dasindu if you remember me from Jumeirah College.Congrats on your victory! 8B WILL GO CRAZY when i tell them what happened!

      • Hi Dasindu! Amazing to hear from you – I hope you are well and happy and enjoying school. Very best wishes to you and all in 8B. Love from Mrs M x

  2. Congratulations! May you go from strength to strength.

  3. Rick

    Fantastic News! May it be the first of many. Looking forward to a signed copy!

  4. Congratulations, Lucinda. What a wonderful achievement. I hope the final journey towards publication will be a fun one for you.

  5. Great news, and I was wondering where you were!

  6. Congratulations! How exciting! Best wishes with your book.

  7. You could not have spent the time better…congratulations!

  8. Yessssss! Raising my herbal tea to the success of your new baby.

  9. That’s great news!! Congratulations!!

  10. RuchikaBajoria

    Congratulations!!! 😀
    This is such a happy happy occasion!

  11. Lucinda, I was delighted to hear of your success at the festival over the weekend. Congratulations on the publishing contract. I was one of the few non-winners with a smile across my face!

    • Thank you so much, Seanie! – Hope you enjoyed the rest of the festival. I saw some amazing speakers this year – so inspiring. Which school do you teach at? Love your beautiful blog. Do keep writing and keep in touch 🙂

  12. Well done. My children’s book Brave was published by Chicken House last year

    • Aha! It’s you! from Twitter! Hope Brave is doing brilliantly. Maybe we shall meet one day in the coop! x

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