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Ninja Meerkats in LA

Oo, always exciting to get a bag of new books through the post. Just received the fourth in the Ninja Meerkat series from Stripes, Hollywood Showdown. It’s modeled here by my son, Herbie. He’s 19 months old so a bit young for it yet and, as the keen eyed among you will spot, we’re up […]

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Ninja Meerkat Rap

I already put this on the welcome page but I’m so excited about it that I wanted to mention it here too. I recorded this rap with my friends, Matthew (music) and James (rapping) so it sounds much better than I could have made it sound on my own. I hope you like it too. […]

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Pop Up Festival

I’ll be doing an event next month as part of the fantastic Pop Up – Festival of Stories. You can see some excellent artwork done by one of the schools involved based around my book, The Thornthwaite Inheritance here. This one was drawn by Zahra. I love it. Especially the eyes. Tweet

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Spore badge

Went to Chichester School for Girls this morning and was presented with this fabulous Spore badge – for those of you who don’t know, a character from Space Crime Conspiracy who is basically a talking mushroom. Thanks to Amy for making this. I then wore it for an event at Felpham Community College where it […]

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9 schools in 5 days

My first week of the year back in schools and I managed to visit nine of them. I began at Downlands Community School in Hassocks (as part of the West Sussex Book Prize). Being Monday morning, the group was fairly quiet to begin with but by the end we were making a proper racket as […]

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Researching New Book

So I’m currently busy researching the new book, set in Victorian London. Here are some pictures I’ve been taking with my phone as I wander the streets of London, including a building built in the year when the book is set (1884), a map of trams in London at the time (London Transport Museum), a […]

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Blue Peter Book Award

Amazing news that The Considine Curse has been nominated for the Blue Peter Book Award. Two non-fiction titles and two fiction titles and the winner will be announced next March. I very much enjoyed seeing my book on TV and watching poor Cressida Cowell trying to talk about it without giving anything away – which, […]

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Ninja Meerkat Update

Hello and Ninja Boom to everyone, Today I spent a fun morning laying down some beats (if that is indeed what it’s called) for a Ninja Meerkat Rap that I’ve written. My friend, Matthew (who I shall call Big Matty D as his rap-tag – am I inventing these terms or do they exist?) has […]

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Meet the Meerkats

Last month I had the honour of being asked to launch a writing competition run by the Hoddesdon Rotary Club and Books@Hoddesdon & taking place at the Paradise Wildlife Park. It was all on the theme of talking animals and was my first ever event in a zoo. As well as being heckled by a […]

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