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 …

A Winter Surprise in One Snowy Night

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We might have just come through a heatwave and it might be raining today but I’m feeling all wintery this afternoon because I’ve got my mitts on an advanced copy of One Snowy Night, the latest wintery anthology of animal tales, published by Stripes Publishing. Gorgeously illustrated throughout, in black and white, by the very talented Alison Edgson, there are …

The Legend of Pemba in Wish Upon A Snowflake

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I’m so chuffed to have my hands on an advanced copy of ‘Wish Upon A Snowflake‘, a wintery anthology of animal tales, published by Stripes Publishing later this year. Gorgeously illustrated by the very talented Alison Edgson, there are ten stories in this collection, including The Legend of Pemba by… *he hem*… ME! It’s such an honour to see my …

The Bookmark Project is live

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You might remember a post, earlier on this year, about the 1st Burley-in-Wharfedale Brownies who were raising money for Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe by auctioning off one-of-a-kind bookmarks designed by authors, illustrators and book lovers; well, the auction has just gone live! Now is your chance to bid on my one-off, signed, original bookmark ‘Clive’. You’ll be raising money …

The Bookmark Project

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The inspiring and wonderfully kind folk at the 1st Burley-in-Wharfedale Brownies are raising money for Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe by auctioning off one-of-a-kind bookmarks designed by authors, illustrators and book lovers. I’ve taken a break from working on my new book to get designing for this brilliant project. Here’s the bookmark I designed: If you fancy bidding on this one-off, signed, …

International Book Giving Day 2017

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International Book Giving Day is back again this year and I’m wrapping books to gift. The 14th of February is the day to share the book love and help get as many books into the hands of children as possible. For ideas and to find out more, visit the International Book Giving Day website and however you celebrate, I hope …