The Books of My Childhood: an essay for The Sapling

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I’m so proud to have written a piece for The Sapling, a brilliant online zine which focuses on conversations about children’s books for those who love children’s books. My essay started as a piece about funny books but took a different direction as I looked at the books that shaped me as a writer. Do have a read of Swapna …

Dave Pigeon roosting on shelves in New Zealand

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Dave Pigeon’s been making himself right at home here in Christchurch. So far, he’s joined the library shelves… Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre library … He was spotted at a local bookshop by brilliant school librarian, Zac… PaperPlus in Hornby … And pigeontastic children’s book blogger Bob Docherty has given Dave Pigeon two dazzling reviews! I think Dave is loving the Kiwi …

New Zealand: one month in

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We are back from our mini-tour of the South Island and here is a Halfway Round the World with the Haddows update on how we are doing. The three flights were long but with an excellent selection of movies, a never-ending supply of in-flight cookies and only one mad dash between two airports to make our final flight, we arrived …

And we’re off!

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The Haddows are finally off halfway round the world on Halfway Round the World with the Haddows! I have to admit I had a bit of sleepless night before moving day but it went off without a hitch and though we were leaving our lovely flat, a place that I will always remember as the happiest place I have ever lived …