profile image

Alix Long

Teen writer from Twickenham

Alix Long is a 17 year old self-publishing writer and blogger.

Having read and written stories since she was five-years-old, the great feedback she received from publishing online prompted Alix to start thinking about becoming a professional author and sending her work to literary agents. This has led to Alix appearing on Sky News and visiting schools to give talks about writing and the publishing industry. In the meantime, she reads unendingly, scratches countless ideas into notebooks and blogs on Delightful Book Reviews.

This blog charts her story as she juggles becoming the next JK Rowling (!) with studying for her A Levels, as well as looking at teen reading trends, developments in the publishing industry and interviewing the authors that inspire her the most.

World Book Night

More than anything, World Book Night teaches people why books, and reading, are so integral to our society and to humanity as a whole. It doesn't bear thinking about what our world would be like without literature.
28/04/2015 15:11 BST

Interview with 'Salvage' Author Keren David

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Keren David, author of <em>Salvage</em>, to explain her inspiration for writing the book, the issue of broken family relationships and if everything (as is suggested by her title) can eventually be 'salvaged'...
08/04/2015 09:37 BST

YA Book Prize Fever- Interview with The Bookseller

Recently the YA blogosphere, Book-tubers and the section of Twitter especially reserved for that of YA book fanatics have been talking about one thing and one thing only: the YA Book Prize, a prize for UK and Irish YA books set up by the publishers The Bookseller.
18/02/2015 10:44 GMT

Book Review: 'Oliver Twist for Kids'

Overall, 'Oliver Twist for Kids' was another resounding success for Playing with Plays, and it fulfilled its purpose of creating plays from 'tricky' classics that were enjoyable and accessible for kids to perform, allowing them to enjoy the literature that adults are often guilty of thinking too advanced for them.
26/01/2015 15:38 GMT

Festive Book Review: 'A Christmas Carol for Kids'

Kelso's 'A Christmas Carol for Kids' gives children a very important gift; more important than anything they would receive this Christmas. This play familiarizes children and introduces them to a world of first-class literature at their fingertips, and still provides them with an important message, even though it's not in it's original format.
03/12/2014 18:27 GMT

Interview With 'GBBO' Quarter-finalist Martha Collison

"Teenagers today get a bad name in the press, so I think it is so important that we step out and show that we are a generation of many talents. It's not easy to step out of your comfort zone, but it is so worth it and shows that we are passionate and that we do care about our futures."
28/11/2014 12:15 GMT

Interview With Half Bad Trilogy Author Sally Green

I caught up with Sally Green to find out why she decided to write about something barely written about before, why she finds writing for YA a unique experience, and why she thinks that YA books never need a message.
24/11/2014 14:45 GMT

Marcus Sedgwick's 'Non-Tip' Tips for Young Writers

Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is widely renowned throughout the literary world for his enthralling characters, spiralling plot twists and adventurous ideas he incorporates within every single one of his novels.
30/10/2014 15:27 GMT

Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author: Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha Trilogy, consisting of three books Shadow&Bone, Siege&Storm and Ruin&Rising has also left a strong impression upon me, as an aspiring author, and made me eager to find out more about Leigh, and why she decided to write the trilogy in the first place.
30/09/2014 11:10 BST

The Emerging Cult of Celebrity Authors Moving in on the Industry

Recently, there has been an explosion of A-List celebrities and YouTube megastars gaining their own book deals, with the likes of publishing giants such as Penguin. From teen idols Kendall and Kylie Jenner to online sensation Zoe Sugg, announcements seem to be springing up from everywhere about a new piece of fiction, written by your favourite pop star.
09/09/2014 14:09 BST

Young Literary Star Has a Debut Novel... And Still Wants More

I'd never wanted anything like I wanted to be a writer. I remember spending whole days sitting around and moping about how I'd never be good enough/would never manage it/would never get to be an actual writer. I realise now that this was somewhat pathetic... but it did half lead to some very vague experiences of publishers before the competition.
28/08/2014 11:47 BST

How We Should Teach Shakespeare in Schools

I also had the opportunity to talk to another teacher, Debra Williamson. What she had to say on the subject of incorporating Shakespeare into the 21st century classroom was riveting, and really turned my mind to how we should view the teaching of Shakespeare to our students in schools everywhere.
11/08/2014 15:39 BST

The Impending Doom for 'Soft Subject' GCSEs

When I look back to the 15-year-old I was this time last year, it seems hard to believe that I was right slap-bang in the middle of my GCSEs, ploughing through the revision, and hadn't yet suffered a mental breakdown....
04/06/2014 14:38 BST

Teenagers Get... Political?

That's the thing about politics. You may think it's confusing, and not relative to us at all. But all it takes is a teenager with a laptop and a story to share, and it seems a completely different story.
16/12/2013 12:27 GMT

'She Is Not Invisible' Book Review

Like any brilliant book, 'She Is Not Invisible' included many merits: it made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all, it made me think.
19/11/2013 13:51 GMT