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Tom Moorhouse
Author of The River Singers, The Rising, Trickster and The New Adventures of Mr Toad. Oxford Uni research ecologist when not writing. Minor vole deity.
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
Oh, I'm really glad! I hope the children enjoy them. (I often say that being an author is kind of like a disease - one that makes you feel all itchy if you haven't done any writing for a while. There's no cure, but you can make yourself feel better for a bit by doing it!)
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
And my story isn’t about a specific river, but it’s a river made up of all the different rivers I have worked near over the years. Thank you so much for your questions, and I hope the answers were interesting! 6/6
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
I worked on water voles for years as an ecologist and so when I set about writing an adventure story about animals, they were a natural choice - because I already had done all the background research!
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
if so, what you’re doing is making a new character for yourself. The next step is to think “If I was a grumpy person, what would I have wanted to say?” or “If I was being sarcastic, what would I say”...And that’s how I end up making different characters. 4/6
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
That question about characters and personalities is a great one! I think that characters are really defined by how they speak. Have you ever walked away from a conversation thinking “I should have said that differently – what I’d have liked to say is...”? 3/6
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
My favourite children’s book is a tricky one. Ask me on any three days and you’ll get three different answers. I did love The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea, though! But also anything by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman or Tove Jansson (like The Summer Book - wow!).
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Tom Moorhouse Oct 26
Hi Katie - so sorry to be slow to reply! And so happy to hear that Year 3s are loving their vole time. In answer to your (great) questions: I don’t think you get “inspired” to be an author so much as it’s just what you really, really want to be. I’m happiest when writing! 1/6
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Tom Moorhouse Sep 14
You are a flipping legend! Just heard you got the Boase. Hats off, Liz, full points awarded, carry on :-)
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Tom Moorhouse Sep 7
'Twas a wonderful day, with amazing people and lovely cake. An absolute pleasure to be there and meet you all!
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Tom Moorhouse Sep 7
Replying to @volewriter
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Tom Moorhouse Aug 18
Replying to @JessikaLaurie89
Ah, so glad you enjoyed The Crayfish Catchers! I'm fond of this story because it fills in the gap between the other River Singers books...
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Tom Moorhouse Aug 18
Replying to @MelikaJ93
Hi Melika - no need for thanks, it's a genuine pleasure to hear from her. But I'm really pleased to hear it makes her happy :-)
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Tom Moorhouse Jul 30
Can I point out that we know exactly how to conserve most of these species. We're just...not.
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Tom Moorhouse Jul 30
Replying to @Puttypaw
I tried to restrain myself from writing "Holy bat-rap, Batman". But it appears I couldn't....
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Tom Moorhouse Jul 30
Bats get a bad rap, especially these days. For those who want a decent debate about their effects and portrayal (I mean with actual nuance that you might learn something from), check this out.
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Ewan Macdonald Jul 25
Join us to discus Bats in the Media. This panel of experts will share their experiences on how conservationists and the media can work together to ensure high-quality reporting on complicated and nuanced topics surrounding bats. 1700(UK) Friday 31st July.
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Rewilding Science Jul 9
1/22 's second paper of the week brings us back to the question of what constitutes natural and how could hold the answer to classic conservation issues. and explore UK habitats and what constitutes ‘natural’ in today’s world
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Tom Moorhouse Jun 30
Replying to @SPoyton
Greek: s'agapao or s'agapo ( σ'αγαπώ in Greek letters).
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Tom Moorhouse Jun 29
Alex, I'm so pleased to have been a part of it. In due course I'm sure it'll win at least a Nobel prize for all concerned - but in the unlikely event the committee don't consider it, just continuing to encourage more folks out and about would be as much of a result!
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Tom Moorhouse Jun 18
That's quite an accolade! Thank you, Kate, that's a lovely thing to say :-)
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