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The Greatest Story Never Written…

Today, I stood in front of years 5 & 6 with a blank piece of paper & asked them to fill it with a story. Their story went like this: The Planet Money was flat like a coin. On the … Continue reading

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PET DEFENDERS TOUR 2017

5, days, 3 cities, 10 schools, 2 booksellers, 1 ukulele, 4 or 5 pianos, 1 trumpet, 1700 children, 1 author and 3 books, almost 800 books sold. A MASSIVE thank you to all who made my #PetDefendersTour such a blast! I … Continue reading

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Book Review

A massive thanks to Nancy for this wonderful 10/10 review of my book, Pet Defenders: Escape from Planet Bogey. Also a brilliant recreation of Steve May’s cover.

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Festival Thanks

As another Summer Festival draws to a close I’d like to thank everyone who joined my Pet Defenders and me at various festivals around the country. This year, these involved Wychwood, Barnes, Brentwood, Castleford, Discover Story Centre, Camp Bestival, Latitude … Continue reading

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Dear Tilly

Dear Tilly, Firstly, sorry you couldn’t make it to the awards day. I would really have loved to meet you. Thank you for saying such a nice thing about my book and for your excellent drawing. I’m afraid I didn’t … Continue reading

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Pop Up Pirates

This week I had a wonderful visit to Gordon School in Strood as part of Pop Up Festival 2017. I visited three Year 5 classes who had been reading my book The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: The Leaky Battery … Continue reading

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How I Became a Children’s Writer

A post-grad friend of mine who wants to be a writer just wrote asking for advice about whether to do a creative writing course and generally what she should do next. My reply is so long-winded that I have decided … Continue reading

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Castleford Literary Festival

I have just returned from Yorkshire where I was holding an Alien Making Workshop as part of the Castleford Literary Festival (run by the Wakefield Lit Fest in association with the Castleford Heritage Trust). I partly agreed to do it … Continue reading

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Honest Author Blog

The Bookseller just featured my #GetPetsReading campaign in their Pictures of the Week feature. I believe this is the first mention I have had in The Bookseller since my first book, “The Dragon Detective Agency: Case of the Missing Cats” … Continue reading

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Are you a Celebrity Author?

It has recently come to light that some Children’s authors don’t know if they are celebrities or not. Hopefully, this short quiz will clear that up. Whose idea was it to write a children’s book? a) Mine of course b) I’ve … Continue reading

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