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Back to the Graveyard

It’s important not to get too bogged down in the question Why? The answers are never entirely satisfactory. Why do I write songs about my books? I tell people that I write songs about my books so I can perform them when on school visits, but if I’m honest with you, I wrote the tune […]

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Stay Local

A friend of mine made a good point the other day. We were discussing Amazon.co.uk and its tax avoidance. Last year it generated £3.3 billion in the UK but paid no corporation tax because it is based in Luxembourg. This is unquestionably wrong, immoral, unfair and unacceptable but I’m not very interested in tax and […]

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Record Making

So I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Saltaire. I was up visiting friends and enjoying the nmany charms of that part of Yorkshire, but my main reason for going was to see my friend Gus, who has a recording studio there (Saltaire Recordings). Gus spends his time writing music for TV shows (including […]

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Endless POSsibilities

In publishing POS stands for Point of Sale (I think) and basically refers to postcards, posters and general stuff about a book that isn’t the actual book itself. I was very pleased to receive an envelope the other day from Hotkey with POS for my new book, Constable & Toop. The poster, postcards book plates […]

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Constable & Toop

It’s only August and yet, last week, I received a box of advance copies of my new book, Constable & Toop. It’s not due to be published until October. Very exciting indeed. Also, a few Sundays ago, I went for a wander around a cemetery. Nothing odd about that of course. I spend a lot […]

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Big City Bust-Up

It’s almost time for the publication of the sixth Ninja Meerkat book, Big City Bust-Up. In this book the Clan of the Scorpion arrive in London but there’s no time for watching the Olympics, as they have to fight one of the their most deadly battles yet. It’s now tradition that the new book is […]

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Me & Mr Dahl in South Fundon

On Saturday I took part in the Sydenham Arts Festival, appearing on a double bill with a theatre group bringing to life some memorable moments from the great Roald Dahl. It took place in a theatre in Forest Hill School, just down the road from where I live. The event had been well advertised and […]

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That’s Magic

This week I had an event with the fabulous Pop Up Festival which took me to the mystic surrounds of a theatre within the Magic Circle. (A contract written in bat’s blood prevents me from revealing the exact location.) Being in such a prestigious place gave me a good excuse to try my hand at […]

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The Far East – Poplars Primary School

I’ve just returned from a fabulous day of events at Poplars Primary School in Lowestoft, which, I’ve recently learnt, is the most easterly point of the country. Also there was Illustrator/author Petr Horacek creating a magnificent collage. As usual the events involved lots of singing, reading and kung fu moves. Some of the kids kindly […]

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Record Breaking Day in Doncaster

I had an amazing day in Doncaster on Friday. It was the fabulous Doncaster Book Award, which really raises the bar for other local book awards – an appropriately sporty metaphor considering. I was invited as special guest because last year my book, The Thornthwaite Inheritance won the award. It was a beautiful scorching-hot day, […]

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