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Lovely review of my fairy tale collection, Beyond the Briar, on The Happy Homemaker
“The stories she wove as a result were quilted masterpieces which audiences could tuck around their shoulders for comfort and warmth.  By listening to the people she met, she learned what different...
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Vonda McIntyre's great historical fantasy novel, The Moon and the Sun, is being made into a film starring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt. 

The book is a mermaid story, a period drama, a brava for female freedom (both intellectual and literal) and one of the great dwarf romances (along with Tanith Lee's White as Snow) - although the absence of  Count Lucien de Chretien from the film cast list and the predominance of male stars suggests that the best and richest dimensions of the novel may be lost in the film adaptation. 

I'll defer my opinion until I see the film - meanwhile, if you'd like to form your own opinion, I highly recommend reading the novel before the film appears!

http://www.shelleychappell.com/home/the-moon-and-the-sun-will-the-best-aspects-be-eclipsed
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Check out the great SJV posters featured on Helen Lowe's blog as she puts the spotlight on me and other SJV finalists in the lead up to our celebration event this Saturday. Thanks Helen!

http://helenlowe.info/blog/2015/06/10/celebrating-christchurchs-sir-julius-vogel-award-finalists-shelley-chappell-tim-stead/
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In support of Christchurch writing, the wonderful Helen Lowe and crew are holding a celebration event for the Christchurch winners and finalists of this year's Sir Julius Vogel Awards.

I was honoured to be nominated for Best Novelette (Ranpasatusan), Best Collection (Beyond the Briar) and Best New Talent. Christchurch author A.J. Fitzwater was the well-deserved winner of Best New Talent while Rebecca Fisher won Best Fan Writer and Tim Stead was a fellow finalist in several categories.

The celebration event will be taking place on Saturday 13 June at 1.30pm at the Fendalton Library with a guest speech by Helen Lowe (winner of the Gemmell Morningstar Award) and readings by the local SJV winners.

If gathering to celebrate local speculative fiction authors sounds like fun to you, please join us! RSVP by June 5th to sjveventchch@gmail.com.
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Tomorrow I will be at The Tin Palace in Lyttelton reading from my collection of radically retold fairy tales, Beyond the Briar. Join me at 2pm if you're keen! (Entry by gold coin donation - 18a Oxford St)
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My mermaid short story, "At the Water's Edge" is now permanently free in text and audio formats. See my website for further details!
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A nice write up of Saturday's event by Helen Lowe
On Saturday afternoon, the Christchurch writing and reading community turned out in numbers for an event, jointly hosted by SpecFicNZ and Fendalton Library, to celebrate our Sir Julius Vogel Award finalists and winners. The event was very ably compered by Beaulah Pragg of SpecFicNZ, ...
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Thanks to SpecFicNZ, Helen Lowe, Beaulah Pragg, Liz Gatens, Chris Yee, Fitz, Andrew and others for organising a great event yesterday at the Fendalton Library celebrating the SJV awards and Christchurch writing! It was lovely to celebrate with A.J.Fitzwater, Rebecca Fisher, Tim Stead and all those locals interested in supporting writing and speculative fiction in NZ.
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So sad to hear of the death of one of my favourite authors - Tanith Lee. Her stories have given me a lot of pleasure over the years and her style has influenced my own writing. She will be remembered.

"[W]e leave behind us stories told – on paper, on the wings of butterflies, on the wind, on the hearts of others – there we are remembered, there we work magic and great change – passing on the fire like a torch – forever  and forever." - Tanith Lee
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The NZSA has an upcoming Book Buzz next Friday 6th March at the South Library, 5.30pm-8pm. I'll be there doing a belated book launch and reading from BEYOND THE BRIAR in the later part of the evening. The event is free with an optional koha and shared pot luck meal. It kicks off with an open mic for you to share some of your own work, if you're keen. For more details see their website: http://nzsacanterbury.weebly.com/book-buzz.html
Open-Mic Readings & Book Launches Friday 6 March 2015, 5.30pm to 8pm Board Room, Christchurch South Library, 66 Colombo Street, Christchurch   Everyone welcome. FREE (optional koha). Just come and...
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WOOHOO! Everyone likes free stuff, so don't miss out on my big Goodreads giveaway. Five paperback copies of BEYOND THE BRIAR are up for grabs for Goodreads members from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and NZ. Enter to win! Entries close 22nd February.
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To help celebrate artist Gaby Reade's exhibition of her illustrations of Grimm fairy tales, I will be reading from my fairy tale collection, Beyond the Briar, at The Tin Palace at 2pm on Sunday 15th February. Please come and join me for an hour of fairy tale retelling and Q & A about writing and fairy tales in general! Other events include Stories by Torchlight, Researching Grimm Fairy Tales and the Artists Talk and Demonstration. Entry by gold coin donation.
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Shelley Chappell has a PhD in children's and young adult fantasy literature and has worked as a university sessional lecturer and tutor, a high school English teacher, a librarian and a medical P.A. She has been writing fantasy literature since she was old enough to hold a pen and is currently testing the waters of potential publication — one cautious toe at a time.  Her blog is the first little piggy, but eventually she hopes to take them all to market. Shelley lives in Canterbury just outside of Christchurch, the earthquake capital of New Zealand.
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    PhD, 2003 - 2007
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