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“If I have one message for my readers, it is to have hope. This is all you need to survive: a story, a school, a life.”

Kiran Millwod Hargrave writes fresh fables from re-invented worlds, spun with magic, friendship and family.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave in conversation with Roopa Farooki

Kiran Millwood Hargrave on how friendships fuel magical middle grade fiction for every kind of child.


Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a poet, playwright and author of stories for children, teenagers, and adults. Her books include The Girl of Ink & Stars, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017; The Island at the End of Everything, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award 2017; and The Way Past Winter, which won the Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year Award 2018. 

Her first YA novel, The Deathless Girls, a reimagining of the origin stories of the so-called ‘brides of Dracula’, was published in September 2019. Her debut book for adults, The Mercies, was published by Picador in February 2020. Kiran’s next book, The Dance Tree, will be published in May 2022