Just after 5pm on Tuesday 29th September, British poet, playwright and novelist, Kiran Millwood Hargrave talked about her spellbinding new novel, A Secret of Birds and Bone.
In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia’s mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones.
But one day, she doesn’t return home. Did her work lead her into danger?
Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their pet crow, Corvith.
Together they cross the city underground, following clues in bones up to the towers of Siena, where – circled by magpies – the children find the terrible truth…
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a part of the Reading is Magic Festival – Six days of free, inclusive and engaging digital events with leading authors and illustrators for schools and families, 27th September to 2nd October.