John and Carole Barrowman pen sequel to "Hollow Earth"
"Bone Quill," the sequel to "Hollow Earth," the fantasy/science-fiction novel for young adults written by John Barrowman and his sister, Carole Barrowman, will be published by Buster Books in 2013.
"Lots of twins have a special connection - being able to finish each other's sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain - but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special," according to press notes for "Bone Quill." "Together, the twins have extraordinary powers - they are able to bring art to life, or enter paintings at will."
"Bone Quill" is now available for pre-order from Amazon UK.
The Barrowmans also authored "Torchwood: Exodus Code," which was released in the U.K. Sept. 13.
Look out behind you: It's our guide to Scotland's pantos
From the Daily Record:
Who needs the X Factor final when you can boo and hiss at a bunch of people in fancy dress?
It’s panto season again, with stars such as John Barrowman, Michelle McManus and Elaine C Smith taking to the boards and encouraging us all to sneer and shout at the villains and cheer on the men in tights. All in the name of family entertainment, of course.
Who needs the X Factor final when you can boo and hiss at a bunch of people in fancy dress – making cheesy jokes and poking fun at some of our classic fairytales?
According to last year’s audience figures, we can’t get enough of the fabulous farce that is panto. Ticket sales were up all over the country last year, with thousands of us heading down to our local theatres with our kids.
And it’s to be even better this year – as we look for something to lift us out of the doom and gloom of the recession.
Perth Theatre’s marketing and campaigns manager Hollie Wegner-Jaszkin said: “We’re delighted that, in this harsh economic climate, our bookings for pantomime continue to weather the storm.
“This year’s production of Mother Goose is proving to be no exception and we’re delighted with the strength of our sales at the moment.”
Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre manager, Iain Gordon, said: “The Pavilion panto, The Wizard Of Never Woz, is fun and full of audience participation.
“Although it’s brought up to today’s modern terms with special effects, it retains the great traditions of panto. It also has traditional songs and music for all ages! It’s fun for everybody from five to 95.”
Panto – which dates back to the Middle Ages – is the perfect way of putting a new slant on an old story.
And pantomime cross-dressing can find its roots in Shakespeare as plays were originally performed by men playing women.
Elaine C Smith, who plays the Wicked Queen in Snow White at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen, which is already enjoying record ticket sales, said: “I am delighted to be coming back to the Granite City for the fourth year.
“The chance of playing this part was an offer I could not refuse.”
Jane McCarry, who plays Isa Drennan in the Scottish BBC sitcom Still Game, is confirmed to star in Cinderella at the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, from December 18 to January 6.
A spokeswoman said: “Jane is a well known face of TV and theatre, so the audience of all ages will recognise her.”
Entertainer and actor John Barrowman and The Krankies ham it up as Jack and the Trots in Jack And The Beanstalk at the SECC, December 15 to January 6, in Glasgow.
John said: “I’m so pleased to be back at the SECC this Christmas. With amazing new 3D sequences, this show will be Glasgow’s biggest panto yet.”
Wherever you go for all that booing and hissing, there’s definitely something for all of us this panto season.
Singing Kettle – Fairytale Christmas – Various venues November 15 to January 5
Eden Court Theatre, Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA
December 4 to January 6
Peterhead Community Theatre, Balmoor Terrace, Peterhead AB42 1EP
His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GL
December 1 to January 6
Jack And The Beanstalk
Gardyne Theatre, Gardyne Road, Dundee DD5 1NY
Perth Theatre, High Street, Perth PH1 5UW
December 7 to January 5
Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling FK9 4LA
November 28 to December 31
Hansel & Gretel
Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7JA
November 30 to December 24
Alhambra Theatre, Canmore Street, Dunfermline
December 18 to January 6
King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ
December 1 to January 20
The Wizard Of Never Woz
The Pavilion Theatre, Renfield Street, Glasgow
November 28 to January 19
Jack And The Beanstalk
Clyde Auditorium, SECC, Glasgow G3 8YW
December 15 to Jaunary 6
Motherwell Theatre, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB
November 19 to January 5
Palace Theatre, Green
Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN
November 24 to December 30
Ayr Gaiety, Carrick Street, Ayr KA7 1NU
December 11 to January 6
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
DG One, Hood’s Loaning, Dumfries DG1 2HT
Source (including photo): Daily Record