It Takes a Lot of Knocks - talking about first novels with Jasbinder Bilan

Jasbinder and Sophia both got their publishing break by winning the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. Jasbinder went on to win the Costa Children’s Book Award with 'Asha and the Spirit Bird'. Sophia talks to her about the experience of writing that book and the slow and tortuous process of getting it good enough to publish. View the show notes here:

Jasbinder Bilan is a debut children’s author and winner of the Times/Chicken House competition and the Costa Children’s Book Award. After a career in teaching she did an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and her first novel was started on that course. She shares her writing journey, why family are so important to her, and how one of the tips she picked up on her course helped her to build the story Asha and the Spirit Bird.

Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.


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