For ages 11-18+

Join award winning author Kiran Millwood Hargrave and book blogger Jean Menzies, for a hugely enjoyable conversation, exploring the Gothic world of Kiran’s YA debut novel, The Deathless Girls.

Written as a prequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the book marries the classic Gothic milieu with very contemporary YA fiction themes such as representation of marginalised communities, LGBTQ relationships, feminism and friendship.

Kiran and Jean’s conversation will carry you across hundreds of years of history, to 17th century Transylvania, stop off with Bram Stoker in the late 1800’s, and leave you with a renewed appreciation for the ways in which a literary genre established 200 years ago, can still resonate today.

Part of the Digital Programme for Schools & Families: Secondary Author Day

Funded by the Emerald Foundation, events focus on the theme of the Gothic novel whilst local contemporary authors explore the idea of “write where you are”. Content is suitable for students in KS3, KS4 or A/S & A level and can be used as an introduction to the gothic genre, or to deepen and widen contextual awareness and understanding.


For each or our themed days children can take part in an exciting competition tailored to their Key Stage/ age. For more information, view our competition packs linked below:

Secondary Author Day Competition Pack

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About The Author

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and bestselling novelist. Her debut novel for children The Girl of Ink & Stars won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and was named the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. The Deathless Girls is her first novel for Young Adults and has been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. She’s a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lives by the river in Oxford with her husband and cat.

About The Host

Jean Menzies

Jean Menzies is an online content creator, presenter and writer with a background in publishing. She is currently working on her PhD researching the lives of women in Ancient Greece. You can find her on her YouTube channel BookishThoughts and her podcast That’s Ancient History.