Latest news - March 2017
Posted on 16th May 2016
News and diary - March 2017
This is the start of a significant year for Terry Deary. It is ...
- 40th Anniversary of his first published book ("Teaching Through Theatre" 1977)
- His 300th published book and 150th fiction title
In January 2017 he will be working on four television series based on my books.
"True Time Tales"
In the past 10 years he'spublished 48 books in 'True Tales' series of historical fiction for Bloomsbury Educational. These cover stories from Greek Tales through history to World War 2 tales. Now they are being adapted by Canadian animation partners to make an international children's television series.
The history series for adults - 'Dangerous Days' - this month Terry will be writing a pilot episode for this prime-time TV seies for television.
Series 7 of the award-winning CBBC Series was recorded in Autumn 2016 for broadcast in Spring 2017.
'The Fire Thief' trilogy and "Master Crook's Crime Academy"
These action/adventure titles from the 2000s are being developed with television production partners
I am developing, or appearing in, five new movies with various production companies.
1. 'Horrible Histories - the movie'
An adaptation of the popular book series for the big screen. We are in the early stages of script planning.
2. 'Master Crook's Crime Academy'
Four live-action, 90 minute movies for television based on the comic-historical novels published in 2009. In discussion with an international broadcasters.
3. 'The Real Maria Marten'.
In 2016/17 Burn Hand Films will be creating a movie script based on Terry's 1978 novel, 'The Real Maria Marten', a Georgian murder story. The movie will be filmed in 2018 and Terry will act in a leading role. A novel of the film, called "He will hang", should accompany the movie release in 2018
4. 'Plan Z'
The zombie movie, 'Plan Z', was released in Autumn 2016 with Terry in the role of a shopkeeper, 'Old Davey' who becomes a zombie. It came out in January 2017 as a DVD and is available in most ASDA stores.
5. 'The Fire Thief' trilogy
This best-selling series of three books tells the story of Prometheus, the Greek God who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans. His punishment was to be chained to a rock and have his liver eaten every day by a monstrous eagle. When the hero Hercules sets Prometheus free he must travel through time to hide from the great avenging bird. An adaptation of the books is now being discussed with US movie companies.
Radio and Audio
This month I'll be writing a new 10-part readio series for BBC Wiltshire to be broadcast as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival 17 - 30 July 2017. An episode will be broadcast each weekday morning.
I'll also be negotiating to produce new audio versions of "Horrible Histories" that fans can download for their electronic devices.
'Sixty-Minute Theatre - Top Ten Dickens Tales'
These talented musicians perform concerts while I narrate the stories that link the musical peices. Following our 5-star concert at the Edinburgh Festival we will be planning new shows for 2017.
In March I will be working with international partners to adapt my new novel as a Virtual Reality project for release later this yer.
I'll also be looking at the possibility of producing "Horrible Histories" as Virtual Reality experiences.
Personal appearances and signings
2 March 2017 is World Book Day and I'll be appearing at Warwick Castle to meet young readers and do a signing.
Terry is planning several new visitor attractions for the UK and worldwide, starting in 2017. There will be books to accompany the attractions. The plans are mainly confidential but here is a flavour of what is to come ...
1. Miniature worlds
See history come to life in worlds that are knee-high to the visitor. Learn the secrets of the past.
2. Live in the past
Dress in historic costume and learn how to live in an historic age. Face challenges and test your new skills, guided by actors playing people from the past.
3. True Time Tales
The 'True Tales' series of books (publisher, Bloomsbury Education) will be brought to life by actors and animations then young visitors can go on to step into the past of a reconstructed world.
A review of"Dangerous Days on the Victorian railways" appeared in "The Good Book Guide" of February 2015.
"In 1825 the Stockton and Darlington Railway became the first steam railway in the world to carry passengers. Nothing would ever be the same again; the stagecoach, the barge, the river, all former forms of transport would be superseded by this new invention in terms of speed and convenience, and, according to the author of this book, a lot of humans would find inventive new ways to die.
The inventors of the early railways didn't care about safety, brakes were often seen as a needless luxury, and boilers were in the habit of overheating and exploding, killing pretty much anyone within reach. Victorian railways were extremely dangerous places and their victims had names, lives and families, and, as this book tells us in no uncertain terms they deserve to be remebered. Original, informative and quirky, the stories in this book linger in the memory."
Weidenfeld and Nicholson 288 pp Hb £9.99
... and a cruel review
See HERE for a review of Terry's performance as Zeus at the Sunderland Empire in July 2016.
The reporter, Kevin Clark, is a friend of his. So the cruel last paragraph is a JOKE ... we think!
New writing this month
In March and April I have a busy programme of TV and Radio scripts to write so there will be little time for new books.
Latest book releases
New "Horrible Histories" title
A new "Horrible Histories title "Crackin' Castles' is now published along with a new edition of the ever-popular "Horrible Christmas"
Four more "True Tales" have been released with new illustrations. Published by Bloomsbury Education they are the "Victorian Tales"
Two new ideas in "Horrible Histories" also appear ...
- Horrible Histories - This is a Horrible Book of Foul Facts
- Horrible Histories - This is a Horrible Journal
This month sees 10 more re-jacketed titles
Horrible Histories - Angry Aztecs
Horrible Histories - Slimy Stuarts
Horrible Histories - Blitzed Brits
Horrible Histories - Ruthless Romans
Horrible Histories - Dark Knights and Dingy Castle
Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors
Horrible Histories - Incredible Incas
Horrible Histories - Villainous Victorians
Horrible Histories - Barmy British Empire
Horrible Histories - Awesome Egyptians
... and one new paperback edition...
- Horrible Histories - Top 50 Kings and Queens
- I have about 50 children's fiction titles that are now out of print. I have been working to convert them into e-books and make them available to a new generation of readers. In June 2013 I relaunched his fabulous "Tudor Chronicles" historical fiction series as Kindle downloads.
Galore Park books specialise in selling "Horrible Histories" in the USA. For US readers go to: http://www.horriblebooks.com/horriblebooklist.htm