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Posted by Steven Wilson

July 29th 2015

Isn't it time for The March to be 're-released? I remember your shocking drama ended with stark response. We are being asked that question now. Surely you can talk to broadcasters?

William Nicholson responded:

I wish it could be done. I understand the rights are so complex - it was a pan-European co-production for One World week in its day - that it can't be done. Very frustrating. As you may remember, my invasion of would-be immigrants ended by being met by tanks on the beaches.

Posted by Rowan Utting

July 26th 2015

Hi, I'm a 17yo fantasy writer & published author (The Stones Of Home, Lambton Publishing) from New Zealand who has always loved your Wind on Fire trilogy. I discovered it about 5 years ago and recently acquired a copy of the series, to my delight. I've got a couple of questions: 1. Is the Old Manth script on the map & other illustrations a working script, with sounds/syllables assigned to the characters, or merely an artistic imagining? I enjoy fantasy languages & scripts myself, and I'd love to be able to use this one. 2. How would you feel if the Manth Wedding Vow was to be used in the future, when/if I get married? Not that I have plans to yet, obviously, but it's the most beautiful thing I've found in any book in all my 14 years of reading, and I'd feel more comfortable using it if I had the author's permission. Yours truly, Rowan Utting

William Nicholson responded:

The Old Manth is indeed a working script - pretty simple, like a code. If you look on the Wind Singer page on this website you'll find an Old Manth translator, which you can use for yourself. And I'd be delighted and honoured if you were to use the Manth Wedding Vow for real.

Posted by Sarah

July 22nd 2015

Dear William Nicholson, I'm afraid I don't have an interesting question, I only wanted to let you know that I have just read 'The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life' and I absolutely loved it. I feel compelled to tell you how much this book has moved me! I'm nineteen, in a pretty bad way, and I couldn't have asked for a book that made me feel more touched by and in touch with life - in a way that depression and anxiety make feel very difficult. I am very grateful to you for this and look forward to discovering more of your writing. I hope you are enjoying life! With thanks and hope, Sarah

William Nicholson responded:

Enjoying life all the more thanks to your message. I'm so sorry you're in a pretty bad way. Nineteen is tough. If you can only hang on, I promise you it gets better, though I'm afraid it is a long hard journey. But if you liked my book it means you have a lot of empathy with others - which means you're not lost in the prison of yourself - which means you will make it.

Posted by Daniel Burton

July 15th 2015

Hi Wiliam, I have just finished reading the Wind Singer with my Year 6 class of 10-11 year olds and they truly loved it. They found the Maslo Inch reveal at the end magnificient as well as emotional! I wonder if you could spare a few minutes to answer some of the children's questions? We selected our favourites, which are as follows: 1. How and why can Bowman reach into people's hearts? 2. Where did you get the idea of the old children? 3. Are any of the characters based on people in real life? 4. Where did you get the names Kestrel, Bowman, Mumpo and/or Maslo from? 5. Where did you get the idea for this book from? Were you inspired by another book? 6. Is Aramanth based on a real life country? 7. Did you mean to include irony in your book? As you can see, they are very interested in the process of being a writer. It would be fantastic encouragement if you could respond to these. Many of these children have been inspired to read and write thanks to this book! Regards, Daniel

William Nicholson responded:

Here's answers, as best as I can manage: 1. Bowman's talent is really just an extension of the process of empathy, available to all of us. 2. I wanted to invent something really scary, and thought a child who has lost childhood was about as bad as it gets. 3. Hanno and Ira Manth have many of the characteristics of my parents. Bowman and Kestrel are probably two halves of myself. 4. I work hard on names, feeling for sounds that evoke personal qualities, or as in Kestrel direct images. I regretted the name Mumpo later, because it began as descriptive (mumble, poo) and then he became so much finer than that as the series progressed. 5. The idea for the book came from my anger at the exam system. I'm sure many other books I've read fed into it as well. 6. Aramanth isn't real at all. But I have seen coloured houses on my travels. 7. Yes, there's plenty of irony in there, if you want to look for it. But overall the book is not ironic. I mean what I write. Good luck to you all with your own writing.

Posted by Wade Whitmer

June 27th 2015

Hello William. I've created a stage play called 'The Intimate Expansion'. It's about a couple in their fifties who have been happily married for almost 30 years. He's a professor. She's a very accomplished business executive. She again tells her husband how happy she is with their marriage, and that she would like to talk with him about a surprising attraction she has for an international mergers and acquisition attorney. She feels uncomfortable and want this attraction to go away. That starts them off on a journey exploring love, devotion, freedom, honesty, an even better relationship, and some conflict with others. Before I venture forth to try and find a theater, might you be willing to read it and provide some feedback and suggestions. Of course I would want you to be paid for your time and suggestions. You may also find my company to be of interest: CommunicateForever.org and our soon to be introduced app on Android and Apple phones are designed to help people learn to use over forty communication skills and become more emotionally literate. The goal is to create a more advanced civilization on this planet. Thanks, Wade Dallas, Texas US Skype: wadewhitmer 972-364-9600

William Nicholson responded:

I'm all for creating a more advanced civilisation. More power to you. I'm afraid I can't help with your play: I need all the time I've got to complete my own projects. But I wish you all the best with what sounds like a fascinating exploration.

Posted by William Johnston

June 23rd 2015

Dear William Nicholson, I am a huge fan of your novel "The Wind Singer". I am absolutely fascinated by the world that you have created. In fact, you inspired me to begin writing myself - I have just written a play that is being performed in the National Theatre, London! I really believe that this book would make a brilliant film! I am an aspiring actor, and I would just like to ask, if this book was ever made into a film, would you give me the privilege of auditioning for Bowman Hath? I am 16 years old and live in London. Thank you very much for your time, William. Yours sincerely, William Johnston

William Nicholson responded:

I'm tremendously impressed that you've written a play for the National. Congratulations. A thrilling career lies ahead of you. As for a film of The Wind Singer, I too would love it to happen, but there's no sign of it at present. Maybe one day...