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About Kell Cowley
Chester author Kell Cowley wrote and illustrated her first novel age eight, telling the story of a runaway radish escaping from a salad bowl to explore the far reaches of the garden. She has been perplexing her friends and family with her weird stories ever since. She holds a BA in Performance Writing from the wildly experimental Dartington College of Arts, won a novelist’s apprenticeship with the Adventures in Fiction development scheme and is the co-founder of 'Odd Voice Out' press. When she occasionally closes her laptop or latest reading obsession to spend time in the real world, she will likely be found shambolically running a school library, attempting to act in local plays or eco-warrioring her way towards the apocalypse.
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It turns out she’s not the only one. While on the run from the curfew police, Flea falls in with loudmouth vlogger Dylan Moon who believes aliens are controlling the storms and planning a planetary takeover. At first, Flea takes Dil for a conspiracy nut. But after witnessing a series of inexplicable weather events, she realizes there may be some truth to his crazy theories. Is there a dark secret behind the looming climate experiment? Flea has one week left to evade the hibernation order and decide what she truly believes.
‘Shrinking Sinking Land’ is a YA cli-fi story of survival, solidarity and defiance the face of environmental catastrophe for ages 14 and up.
*Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest Runner Up (2016).
“Suspenseful…sharply well-written…and altogether a success.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140
Timony may have embraced his damsel in distress roles in Makaydees’ theatre, but at the close of their autumn season, the strolling players are thrust into a fresh unforeseen drama. On the run from the law once more, they flee into the deadly Scottish borders, where reiver gangs and rumours of witches have stirred up suspicion in all who dwell there. Astray in a lonely valley under the shadow of Quarm Castle, the vagrant actors are drawn to the gentry within its walls, seeing a chance to raise their theatre out of the mud.
Flitting between the role of lad and lady, Timony sets about wooing the castle’s inhabitants, determined to gain a writ of patronage for his company. But with his master, Makaydees angered by this reckless quest and his relationship with Rum fracturing due to a new fondness for Lavern, Timony risks becoming an outcast in his troupe, rather than their saviour. And that’s just one of the perils surrounding him, as wise women and mercenary men recruit the young player into plots of their own. Can Timony weave a web of deception around all of them? Or will he become tied up in a tragedy he can’t escape?
The Player’s Craft propels the reader through the next turbulent chapter in the life of this wayward Elizabethan actor after the events of The Vagabond Stage. With an extra pinch of magic and mystery, our gender fluid thespian will take on their most daring performance yet.
So far, the 2020s have brought about a global pandemic, our climate in crisis, police brutality, civil unrest, and ongoing struggles for equality. Who knows what will come next and how it will shape those growing up through these troubled times? In this collection from Odd Voice Out Publishing, we tackle the world of tomorrow through the stories of twelve forward-thinking teens grappling with their realities and the roles they aspire to play as the future unfolds before them.
With contemporary tales and science fiction suppositions taking centre stage, we explore visions of the future from teenage characters the world over. Stories like that of a boy scientist battling lions in Kenya, a student activist taking on the caste system in India, a teen mother joining a climate strike, an anti-gun protester at a school shooter drill, a cyborg social media star striving to self-actualize and a space colonist fighting corruption amongst her own crew. Incorporating personal issues of race, sexuality, gender, ability, class, religion and politics with global matters such as the environment, technology, healthcare and social reform, these stories are as urgent right now as they will be in the revolutionary years sure to follow.
‘Teens of Tomorrow’ is comprised of the top ten entries from Odd Voice Out’s second annual short story contest, along with bonus content from in-house authors Kell Cowley and K.C. Finn. Socially conscious and politically charged, this anthology of progressive protest fiction takes the hashtags trending today and turns them into powerful YA stories for times yet to come.
With settings that range from Scotland to Syria, Mexico to Mauritius, Africa to Russia, these stories take us to all corners of the globe and into the lives of young people with their own unique circumstances and perspectives. Characters dealing with issues of culture and class, exploring their sexuality and gender identity, or letting us into their experiences with illness, disability or neurodiversity. Their tales span all genres and can’t be reduced to labels. These are stories about bending the rules and breaking the law. Stories of fighting for survival and finding your place in the world. Stories of family solidarity, unlikely friendships and aching first love told by teenagers who don’t always fit in and aren’t often heard.
With a foreword by award winning YA author Catherine Johnson, this anthology brings together the top ten stories of Odd Voice Out’s 2019 Not So Normal Narrators contest, as well as bonus stories from in-house authors Kell Cowley and K.C. Finn.
A global vote on the Geolution is looming. Any who resist are branded extreme greens and terrorists. And as Ben marches in heat wave conditions, he wonders if radical action may be the only way to make his voice heard. With the planet’s future hanging in the balance, will Ben’s last hope burn out or will a new purpose rise in him like the sun?
'Last March for Planet Earth' is a prequel and companion story to the novel 'Shrinking Sinking Land', a cli-fi survival story for ages fourteen and up.