Darley Anderson's #DACBaccess

Through November, DA are running an open month for BAME writers and illustrators to receive feedback from the agents and partnering authors. The agency decided to run this month after the CLPE's Reflecting Realities report, which showed that only 1% of books published in 2017 featured a non-white protagonist. Having an open month will hopefully encourage underrepresented writers and illustrators to submit their material.

What a brilliant idea, and I hope they receive loads of truly amazing entries.

DA Blog - Why We're Launching the #DACBaccess

Why Polly Ho-Yen is supporting #DACBaccess


New website, now with added blog

Well, my new website is now up and running after a much needed overhaul. I decided to add this blog/news section, just to throw in updates about me, my work, my life, and anything else that for some reason falls outside those categories.

I've also added some backdated entries, just to...you know...get the ball rolling.

Thanks all, and keep on truckin'.


Shakespeare Masterclass with Mark McGann

I spent last Saturday with the marvellous Mark McGann, and a small group of actors. It was wonderfully enjoyable and instructive. Mark is extremely knowledgable and talented, as well as being unfailingly enthusiastic. I had been given Macbeth's final soliloquy to prepare. I must admit, Macbeth is one of the plays from which I turned away after being taught about it very poorly in English lessons, but it was rewarding to return to it after all these years.

In a stroke of luck, the workshop was held at the beautiful Holburne Museum, which is about a five minute walk from my flat.