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Posted by stephen wynne

February 8th 2012

The tv film new world released in 1986 was shown once do you know if its will be aired again in britain? Stephen Wynne.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid I doubt it. The BBC own it. I've never heard any talk of another screening.

Posted by Eden

February 5th 2012

Hello Mr. Nicholson, I would like to say how much I loved your Wind on Fire Trilogy. I felt as though I was Kestrel and at times in love with Bowman. Initially I came to this website to ask you to look into making the trilogy into movies. Knowing that has been asked and answered I now ask, what is holding you back? Specifically, what kind of proposal are you looking for? I am desperate to see this story come to life on screen. Thank you for your time.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm happy for the books to be made into films, but I'm not getting the approaches from film makers. I think the films would be expensive, and that may be a problem. But if the right offer came along, I'd welcome it.

Posted by Anna

February 5th 2012

Hi. When I was younger I read the Wind on Fire Triology, and it was most definately my favourite book at the time (and I will always remember that). The other day, I found the book on my bookshelf and began reading it again. And whilst I was reading it I couldn't help comparing it to today's society, because of all the rankings and the such and how everything these days is a comparison to the people around you. And also how different neighbourhoods reflect the wealth of a person and the way they are viewed. When you was writing 'The Wind Singer' were you by any chance comparing it to actual society, or is it something totally made up. Also, I so dearly want to be a writer one day, do you have any advice that could get me that little bit further? I find that I can't seem to write full novels at all, I end up rambling on about nothing. Thank you.

William Nicholson responded:

I definitely intended when writing the Wind on Fire to be making oblique comments on our society. If you think about it, nothing is made up. It's all reflections on the only reality we know. Advice for you as a writer: you need to get in as much practice as possible, so maybe get into the habit of keeping a journal. Write down your observations, thoughts and feelings as often as possible. Apart from honing your technique it'll cause you to reflect on your own life more deeply. If full novels are proving tough, try a shorter form. How about a radio play? Whatever you do, don't be in a hurry. Good writing takes time.

Posted by dominique triggs

February 2nd 2012

I’m currently studying Drama and theatre studies at A level and for my unit 2 I’m performing Mary Hanlon’s monologue from Map of the Heart. I would really like to know what inspired you to write Map of the Heart and what was the aim and message of it. Was it about the characters individually finding meanings to their lives? Also was the character Mary Hanlon based on anyone in particular? Are they any reasons why she is the way she is? Hope I’m not going on too much but also have you been to Sudan and was the civil war in the play based on real events? I really like this piece and would love to do it justice, you input would be really helpful. Thanks

William Nicholson responded:

The character of Mary wasn't based on anyone real, no. And yes, I have been to Sudan. But the play isn't really about Sudan at all, it's about marriage. I wanted to write about the way we take a life for granted until it's gone, and only then learn to value what we've lost. Apart from that, since you're the one to perform the piece, the more you decide for yourself what it's meaning is, the better. Given that I'm not on hand to coach you. Have fun.

Posted by Margaret P Kennedy

January 30th 2012

I have just come into possession of a new copy of your "The Wind on Fire Trilogy". Which of my grandchildren should I give it to. Grandsons 15 and 13, granddaughter 11. Are they too young? If it wasn't so beautifully wrapped I would open it and read it myself. Thank you.

William Nicholson responded:

It all depends on how good they are as readers. I'd say the 11 year old girl, probably. Your 15 year old grandson may be a little old for it.

Posted by Paul Sheppard

January 30th 2012

When is Golden Hour out in paperback please?

William Nicholson responded:

May 10 2012.