When fifteen-year-old Pen Flowers climbs out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night to dance in the empty streets, she ignites a flame in herself that will change everything.

We’ve made a trailer to celebrate the publication of young adult fiction title, Live Like Your Head’s On Fire by Sally-Anne Lomas, and we want to use it to spark your creativity and make something new. Watch the film, get some ideas and send us a video of your own dance response. In return we will send you a FREE COPY of this fantastic new book.


You could be a dance expert or a complete beginner – we’re not looking for perfect choreography. We want you to get moving, get creative and have fun. After all, we need something to do during lockdown!

Watch the Trailer

Whatever feels special, whatever burns inside, that’s what you have to be true to. Flame on and let’s get blazing. Live like your head’s on fire.

We’ll be sharing some of our favourite submissions here and across our social media channels.

How to Share your Dancing

  1. Film yourself dancing (anything from a few seconds to a minute)
  2. Share it with us. You can either email the file to us at hello@storymachines.co.uk or share it on a public post on Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #LLYHOF.
  3. We will get in touch with you to get your postal address and send you a copy of Live Like Your Head’s On Fire. (Free books are restricted to the first 100 people who send in a video).

NB: If you are sharing your video on social media, please ensure the post is not set to “private”

If you are under 13 please use a parent/guardian’s social media account with their permission to share your video, or send your submission by email.

We are hoping to use some of the videos we receive to create an enhanced version of the trailer. We will ask your permission before using your video.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

2 Comments

Robin · 14th February 2021 at 8:58 am

I have just read live like your head on fire and even though I am male and old the way I find myself relating to the feelings Pen Flowers goes through during this book is remarkable. It returns me to my youth but that could be because I grew up in Birmingham. Feelings of just wanting to let go never leave us we are just better at suppressing them. I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I did.

Tracey · 10th April 2021 at 11:58 am

I have just finished reading “Live Like Your Head’s On Fire” What a great book!! I really got into the story and wanted to know what happened! The characters are believable and addresses some of the issues about growing up and “finding your own way in life” I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next one!

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