Some of you may have spotted this article in The Bookseller. I got in touch with Virago to find out more and this is the response that Donna, the senior editor, kindly sent me.
"I am pleased to say that in 2013 we will be starting a VMC YA list so that our books can reach a wider audience and we can include some great novels that we might not otherwise be able to publish. Our recent acquisition of some of Rumer Godden’s backlist has provided the opportunity to launch this venture, and alongside her adult novels such as Black Narcissus and Kingfishers Catch Fire, we shall also be publishing some of her books for younger readers – these will include her ballet-themed books, Thursday’s Children and Listen to the Nightingale in 2013, and The Dark Horse and An Episode of Sparrows the following year. She’s an incredible writer who writes as well for adults as for children, yet her books for younger readers are never patronising or overly simplified and can be read and enjoyed by an adult audience – so I hope you like them! "
I am particularly excited about this as I loved Rumer Godden's ballet books when I was little. Too bad that it's still a while before they will be landing in the bookshops!