Graffeg Publishing - Meet the Author

A brand-new podcast brought to you by Graffeg Publishing featuring conversations with a range of our fantastic authors and illustrators. These interviews cover all the areas of our publishing from nature to food and children’s to photography, so there is something for everyone. Come and meet the authors behind some of your favourite titles and learn more about their upcoming books. Presented and edited by Keiran Manetta-Jones

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Episodes

Monday Mar 14, 2022

Meet Máire Zepf and Andrew Whitson in the latest episode of the Graffeg Meet the Author Podcast. With producer and interviewer Keiran Manetta-Jones, Máire and Andrew tell all about their Rita series of children's picture books. Together they discuss how the Rita series first came about and the different language editions, offering you a unique insight into the illustrations and stories from the series. Máire Zepf has written 12 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel.Winner of the KPMG Children’s Book of the Year, the Réics Carl Award and a White Raven in 2020, her books appear in 8 languages worldwide. The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland and is Artistic Director for Quotidian. Andrew Whitson is an award-winning artist and Belfast native who likes to be called Mr Ando! He lives in an old house which is nestled discreetly on the side of a misty hill at the edge of a magic wood, below an enchanted castle in the shadow of a giant’s nose. His house looks down over Belfast Harbour, where the Titanic was built, and up at the Belfast Cavehill, where an American B-17 Flying Fortress bomber plane once crashed during World War II! Mr Ando has illustrated over twenty books under his own name, the most recent of which being the Molly series with Malachy Doyle and the award-winning Rita series of picture books with Máire Zepf.

Thursday Feb 17, 2022

Meet author Zeb Soanes and composer James Marangone as they dicsuss their latest project Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub. Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is a humorous and exciting story for ages 7-9 about a summer holiday adventure and a musical plant, written by author of the Gaspard the Fox series Zeb Soanes and illustrated by Anja Uhren. It is also a brilliant new orchestral work by James Marangone, performed by Orpheus Sinfonia. In this interview you will learn about the origins of the Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub project, as well as learn about some fascinating facts about how the story and orchestral work developed side-by-side.

Tuesday Feb 01, 2022

Meet Maggie Ogunbanwo in the first Graffeg Meet the Author Podcast. Discover more about her first recipe book - The Melting Pot - along with her latest venture into plant-based cooking in African Twist. Producer and interviewer Keiran Manetta-Jones joins Maggie discussing her business, her inspirations and her cooking. Author Maggie Ogunbanwo runs Maggie’s African Twist, selling predominantly African sourced or themed food products both on and offline. Maggie is passionate about food and cooking as well as being committed to quality and the support of local providers. Her influences flow from her Mam and Nain but are extended through contact with and work in environments with West Indian, Caribbean, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean and Latino foods. They continue to grow and meld with an additional Welsh touch added to the mix, widening Maggie’s international scope to tantalise a range of taste buds. In 2021, with support from the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board, Graffeg published Maggie’s book, The Melting Pot, which showcased the diversity and variety of the Welsh BAME community’s culinary expertise. Her latest cookery book, African Twist, is publishing in February 2022.

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Meet Máire Zepf and Andrew Whitson

Meet Máire Zepf and Andrew Whitson in the latest episode of the Graffeg Meet the Author Podcast. With producer and interviewer Keiran Manetta-Jones, Máire and Andrew tell all about their Rita series of children's picture books. Together they discuss how the Rita series first came about and the different language editions, offering you a unique insight into the illustrations and stories from the series.

 

Written by award-winning author Máire Zepf and illustrated by celebrated illustrator Andrew Whitson (Mr Ando), the Rita picture book series for ages 3-5 discusses family relations and some of the challenges of growing up as well as Rita’s many vivid imaginative wishes. In the first six books of the series, we see Rita want a witch who will let her stay up all night, a super-sorting robot to help her tidy up, a ninja to train her, a dragon to show her how to calm down and a genie to show her why it's important to share.

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Meet Zeb Soanes and James Marangone

Meet author Zeb Soanes and composer James Marangone as they dicsuss their latest project Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub.

Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is a humorous and exciting story for ages 7-9 about a summer holiday adventure and a musical plant. The book was written by author of the Gaspard the Fox series Zeb Soanes and illustrated by Anja Uhren. It is also a brilliant new orchestral work by James Marangone, performed by Orpheus Sinfonia.

In this interview you will learn about the origins of the Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub project, as well as learn about some fascinating facts about how the story and orchestral work developed side-by-side.

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Meet Maggie Ogunbanwo

Meet Maggie Ogunbanwo in the first Graffeg Meet the Author Podcast. Find out more about her first recipe book - The Melting Pot - along with her latest venture into plant-based cooking in African Twist. Maggie tells us about her favourite recipes from the books and the inspirations behind them, as well as providing us with some helpful cooking tips and mouthwatering recipe inspirations.

Producer and interviewer Keiran Manetta-Jones joins Maggie as they discuss her business, her inspirations and her cooking.

Author Maggie Ogunbanwo runs Maggie’s African Twist, selling predominantly African sourced or themed food products both on and offline. Maggie is passionate about food and cooking as well as being committed to quality and the support of local providers.

In 2021, with support from the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board, Graffeg published Maggie’s book, The Melting Pot, which showcased the diversity and variety of the Welsh BAME community’s culinary expertise. Her latest cookery book, African Twist, is publishing in February 2022.

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A Graffeg Podcast

We are launching a new podcast series to give you an insight into our authors and illustrators and their latest titles.

Starting with cookbook writer and editor Maggie Ogunbanwo, this series will consist of one-hour long interviews highlighting brilliant new titles from across the Graffeg publishing catalogue.
 
In the first episode, listeners can find out more about Maggie’s first recipe book – The Melting Pot – along with her venture into plant-based cooking in African Twist.
 
The podcasts are presented and edited by Kerian Manetta-Jones, a freelance radio and podcast producer who has worked with Heart Wales and BBC Radio Wales, among others. Each episode will be available to listen to from major podcast streaming services, including Amazon and Spotify, as well as here on our Podbean page.

Upcoming episodes include:
• Máire Zepf and Andrew Whitson discussing the Rita series
• David Wilson discussing his photography books, including The Village and new editions of his celebrated titles
• Zeb Soanes talking about his latest children’s book, Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub, and the musical performance that goes with it
• Ian Brown and Eoin Clarke discussing their latest plans for Albert the Tortoise

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