What I Offer

I’m interested in all types of events including library and bookshop appearances, speaking at book festivals, giving talks to writers’ groups, and book group visits. I am happy to speak on my own or as part of a panel. I am also available for radio broadcasts, newspaper and magazine articles etc, having already participated in a number of these. Amongst others, I've spoken on a SCBWI panel at the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Wigtown Open Book and the first UKYA Extravaganza in Birmingham, Engand.

 

I’d be happy to discuss why I gave up a successful, secure career to become a published writer. I’d be delighted to get involved in discussions about Friends/Friendship, Parents and Families, Bereavement, The Afterlife, Childhood/Coming of Age, Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Fiction, and Sibling Relationships.

 

For schools, I offer author talks to ages 9+ about my writing journey/process and what inspires me to write my books. In addition, I offer workshops in all aspects of writing for children, young adults and adults. The good news is that I'm part of the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature Funding scheme, which can help with your costs. For more information about fees and travel please click here to see my page on the Scottish Book Trust website, or to discuss any particular requirements you thnk I can help with, please contact me directly. My usual rate is £150 per session, plus expenses. 

 

I'm based in Fife, Scotland, but am willing to travel.

 

 

 

More information coming soon.

 

 

Staff and Student Feedback

"Thank you very much for your visit today - the feedback is very positive from all of the pupils...thank you very much for your time and efforts."

 

"We really valued your visit and the pupils were most certainly inspired and engaged with what you had to offer them."

 

"It was really enjoyable and very relaxed. I feel like I learned a lot."

 

"Having Christina talk to us about books and writing helped me realise that I definitely want to study English Literature at university."

 

"I'd always been curious about the process of writing a book. Seeing all of the notes, drafts and plans made me understand just how much work and effort goes into writing. This was helpful and also reassuring that I don't have to produce a masterpiece with my first draft!"

 

"It was great to have someone to be able to answer my questions about writing and share their own experiences with us."

 

"It was nice that Christina trusted us to show her early drafts, her writing process and even her rejection letters. It was very encouraging and inspiring."

 

"Christina's visit really inspired me to want to write my own novel - she made me feel like it was possible and achievable."

 

"I got a lot out of Christina's visit - lots of writing tips and ideas to help me with my own writing. I liked the visual aspect where she shared the mood boards and told us about listening to music to help capture particular moods and feelings."

 

More to follow! 

Welcome to my website!

Hi! I'm Christina Banach, author of Minty. Thanks for dropping by my website. Please take a look around. Here you'll find news and information about me and my books. If you have any questions do get in touch through my contact page. Thank you for visiting and happy reading! 

 

REVIEW FROM THE BOOK TRUST

"This is a thought provoking debut novel about love, loss and the importance of family…A compelling and ultimately heart-warming story."

 

Please click on the link below to read the whole critique: 

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/view/34314


REVIEW FROM THE SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST

"Through Minty's eyes we see how family and friends are affected by bereavement. It deals with loss, love, friendship and over all, hope, resilience and strength of character. It's a haunting, eerie and beautiful read that will resonate with you for days after you read it. "


TEEN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH

I'm very grateful to the Scottish Book Trust for featuring Minty as their Teen's Book of the Month for December 2014. 

 http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/blog/2014/parents/11/teens-book-of-the-month-minty 

 

OTHER REVIEWS

Below are extracts of some other reviews (to read more please check out my News and Reviews page):

 

"What an amazing story! I could not put this book down!"

 

"This is one of those gems that works for young adults and also the not so young...I read it in a single sitting - something I do not ordinarily do - except for a brief pause to compose myself before the final chapter, such was the intensity of emotion the book engenders. You must read this book..."

 

"Christina's stunning style of writing succeeded in bringing tears of joy and sadness to my eyes. For a first book being this good, it makes me wonder what is yet to come."

 

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

I was thrilled to be part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 SCBWI panel event - How To Survive Being Published. It was a real privilege to have been invited. Thank you! 

 

Plot & Structure Event

Thank you to everyone who came to my plot and structure workshop in Edinburgh. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Thanks to Sheila Averbuch for this great write up of the day. 

 

PINTEREST 

I've created a mood board for MINTY over on Pinterest. Click here to take a look:

www.pinterest.com/cbanachauthor

 

 

 

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