Rachel Burge is the author of The Twisted Tree, The Crooked Mask, and Waking the Witch, published Hot Key Books/Bonnier.
The Twisted Tree is a Kindle bestseller, with the paperback now on its sixth print run. It’s stocked in Waterstones, Foyles and independents across the UK, as well as Norway, Finland, S Africa and Australia, with translation rights sold to France (Casterman), Russia (Eksmo), Turkey (Epsilon Yayincilik), Poland (Zielona Sowa) and Romania (Editura Paralela).
The title won The Centurion Book Award 2020, as voted for by children in schools across Bath and Somerset, and was selected as ‘Children’s Book of the week’ by The Sunday Times, who described it as, ‘a creepy and evocative fantasy.’
An experienced workshop leader, Rachel gives talks to schools and is a guest speaker on Cardiff University’s Writing for YA course, where her novels are set texts. Topics include how to get published, and how to write stories based on fairytales and myth.
She’s spoken at various festivals, including Cheltenham Literature Festival (joining Frances Hardinge and Steve Feasey discussing the influence of ghost stories, folklore and myth on their books), YALC (with Adrienne Young, Bex Hogan, Kesia Lupo and P.M. Freestone as the new voices of YA fantasy) and CYMERA (with Helen Grant and Claire McFall talking about love and loss and the ghosts that haunt us).
Here you can read more about The Twisted Tree & sequel, The Crooked Mask, find out more about me and contact me