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Briony Hatch by sisters Ginny and Penelope Skinner

Publisher: Limehouse Books Released: 12 September 2013

Limehouse Books
Graphic Novel/ Young Adult Fiction
12 September 2013

Sometimes a book is more than just words and paper. She is a friend. When you’re with her the world is a magical place . . .

On 12 September 2013, Limehouse Books released Briony Hatch, a graphic novel written and illustrated by sisters Ginny and Penelope Skinner.

Briony Hatch hates reality. She prefers the fantasy world of her favourite novels: The Starling Black Adventures, in which ghosts are real and you can cast magic spells to defeat your enemies.

In her real life, Briony’s parents are getting divorced and her school friends are preoccupied by losing weight and shagging boys. Briony has tried all Starling Black’s magic spells in her bedroom but they don’t seem to be working. Her mother wants her to grow up, get her head out of those books and pack – they’re leaving Dad and moving into a bungalow the other side of town. Worst of all, Briony has almost finished the last ever Starling Black novel; life will soon have no meaning at all.

But Briony is about to learn that fantasy and reality aren’t always so easy to distinguish, and life doesn’t have to lose its magic just because you’re growing up …

With its blend of magic and humour Briony Hatch will appeal to teenagers and adults alike.

About Ginny & Penelope Skinner

Ginny and Penelope Skinner are sisters who work together on graphic novels, as well as developing work for television. The sisters’ first book The Art Room, was self-published in 2010 and their series Golden Hill is currently in development at Channel 4. Penelope is an award-winning playwright, whose plays have been produced by, among others, The Royal Court and The National Theatre, as well as writing for the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat. Her first co-written feature film How I Live Now, based on the novel by Meg Rosoff is was released in October 2013 and her play The Village Bike (2011) will be revived in New York next year, directed by Sam Gold and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as ‘Becky’. Ginny is an artist and writer. She is currently writing her own graphic novel White Stag. Website: skinnersisters.co.uk 

Public Relations

I was brought on board by Limehouse Books ahead of the publication of Briony Hatch to deliver a media relations and event management strategy.

Media Relations 

The media relations campaign targeted print and digital publications in the field of graphic novels, young adult fiction and literature as well as the local, British and American press. Coverage achieved includes Bleeding Cool, a review and interview in Forbidden Planet, LibraryJournalTeensReadBookanistaBookBagWestminster Chronicle and Hackney Citizen as well as mentions on Neil Gaiman‘s and Suzi Feay‘s websites.

Event Management

To reach more readers and increase the Skinners’s and Limehouse Books’ presence, I delivered an event management campaign targeting literary and comic books events. Briony Hatch was successfully launched at Treadwell’s Books on 12 September 2013. Guests included literary journalists, comic book artists, and publishing folks.

Ginny and Penelope Skinner at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Ginny and Penelope Skinner at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Penelope and Ginny Skinner performed at Literary Death Match at The 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Their first reading of Briony Hatch was judged by Neil Gaiman, Graig Silvey and Dawn O’ Porter.

Ginny and Penelope Skinner at MCMComicCon

Ginny and Penelope Skinner at MCMComicCon

The Skinner sisters also presented Briony Hatch to a panel of writers and graphic novels artists at Laydeez Do Comics in September 2013.

The Skinners signed copies of Briony Hatch and took part in a panel discussion at McMComicCon in October 2013.

Penelope and Ginny Skinner were interviewed by Paul Gravett at Comica

Penelope and Ginny Skinner, interviewed by Paul Gravett at Comica Comiket

The creators of Briony Hatch also took part in Comica Comiket on 02 November 2013. The sisters signed copies of Briony Hatch and Ginny took part in the Drawing Parade.

Ginny and Penelope Skinner will be promoting Briony Hatch at UK literary festivals and events in 2014.

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