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World Book Day!

Thank you to everyone who dressed up as characters from my books on World Book Day. Sincerest apologies to the teacher who had to spend the day with the Grim Reaper in the class. 

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Mad March!

These days, March is very much harvest time for school visiting authors. The amount of work I get varies year to year, but this year is looking reassuringly busy. I hardly left the house in January until a week of school visits to British schools … Continue reading

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The Dark Stuff

Last week I had a Booktrust Letterbox event, a one-off session specially for children in care. This is my second one of these events in as many months. I enjoyed both very much and really hope it won’t be my … Continue reading

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Make Mstakes Boldly

This was a lovely thing to be asked to do. The idea was to ask people who work with children three words of advice for the next generation. Some chose three unconnected words, others went for a three word sentence. … Continue reading

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Northern Children’s Book Festival

It is widely believed that there are now more literary festivals in the country than can be counted. They vary in size, scale, length & prestige but one of my absolute favourites in the Northern Children Book Festival. There is … Continue reading

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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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