Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs carrying ships on their backs. Dinosaurs carrying PIRATE ships on their backs. Skulduggery (definitely not pleasant). A strong, clever heroine who can tame a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Put simply, how could The Pirates of Pangaea fail? Well, it couldn’t – and it doesn’t, because it’s a fantastic old-fashioned romp, with some stereotypically piratical language … More The Pirates of Pangaea Book 1 – review
I’ve just got in from a lovely evening of two events with Burford School, at which I am Patron of Reading. The first was a prize-giving thingy for their annual short story competition, which I judged last November. It was held in Burford public library, which is a beautiful little cosy nook of a place, … More Hurrah for young writers and speedy readers – er, is that right?
I’m angry today. I don’t often get angry. Not properly want-to-hit-something angry. But something that is guaranteed to tip me into anger is deliberate spite from people in a position of power. In the last couple of days, it seemed that The Sun had decided to change their Page 3 display. Since 1970, a topless woman … More The Sun behind another cloud
I love the OBAs. I’ve been gatecrashing them for at least three years now. The 2014 ceremony in November had to be postponed, so it took place on Friday instead and I gatecrashed again – only THIS time I felt slightly more justified because Looking at the Stars is actually on the longlist for the … More Oxfordshire Book Awards Niceness
Yesterday, I watched something that BLEW MY MIND. Totally. One of those ‘WHOA’ moments. Thanks to the awesome author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre for posting this on Facebook: It’s quite long. You might not have time (or interest) to watch it. So I’ll explain what it was that made me see things in a new way. Different … More Creativity: an Idea of Reality?