We are holding a new competition! In chapter eighteen, the girls cast a spell:
Suddenly, the air was filled with the scent of apples and
cinnamon.‘Elle – oh, look!’ Isabel pointed at the edge of the graveyard, at a gnarled old tree. Mist tinged with blue light sparkled in the moonlight, coiling round the trunk. It flowed just above the ground, tracing light beams across fallen leaves and stones as it moved.
‘It’s making a circle…’ Eleanor breathed. As the ends of the
circle met, there was a flash and a wall of blue light shot up in the
air. The column of light eddied inside like oil shifting on water,
making patterns of mauve and green. Shapes wafted backwards
and forwards like fronds of seaweed. As the girls watched, they
saw the shapes forming faces, bodies, arms and legs. Long hair
flowed and skirts billowed as the shapes became women, dancing
in a circle, holding hands. They smiled and laughed silently as they whirled faster and faster. Suddenly, they raised their arms above their heads and beams of glittering light shot into the air,
sparkling in the darkness.'
To enter the competition, this is what you have to do. Write your own spell. Will you turn your annoying aunt into a toad? Make a special someone notice you, or will you turn litter and rubbish into flowers and butterflies? It's your choice. Remember to include some strange and wonderful ingredients in your potion! Spells and potions don't need to rhyme - but they must be lyrical and evocative. Make the reader's senses come alive as they read!
Email your entries with the subject line Spells to:
The prize is a special witchy vintage tea party for you and five of your friends with the author and illustrator of Walking With Witches, with signed copies of the book and autographed prints of the wonderful artwork for each party guest. Photos of the party, and your winning entry will be published on this website.
Closing date for the competition is by midnight (the witching hour, of course!) on 30th April 2012.