Summer Story Makers at the Story Museum

I’ve just got back from a full day’s creative writing workshop at the fabulous Story Museum in Oxford, with thirteen 8-12-year-olds – and it was BRILLIANT. We did story starters (trying to identify which are real book titles and which are made up is HARD!), asking the endless questions that start WHAT IF…? (…buildings had … More Summer Story Makers at the Story Museum

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Video interviews from YALC: in which I prat about and pull a lot of faces

As promised, here are the two videos taken by Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies. In the first, I am interviewed about my favourite recent book and my greatest fear – and in the second, I videobomb Liz Kessler’s interview (completely unplanned, of course…!) Thanks to Michelle and to Liz for being such good sports about the … More Video interviews from YALC: in which I prat about and pull a lot of faces

Lots of Stuff: Charney retreat, UKLA awards and YALC!

AAARGH school holidays have started and my time is DISAPPEARING and loads of brilliant Stuff has been happening, and there is NO TIME to blog about any of it!! And I have DEADLINES! So, here’s my quick round-up of the past three weeks: Charney retreat with the Scattered Authors’ Society I love Charney. I think … More Lots of Stuff: Charney retreat, UKLA awards and YALC!

Introvert At A Party

Last night I went to a party. A big publishing party, hosted by Penguin Random House. At some point, I asked my editor how many people they were expecting. ‘Five hundred,’ she said. Here’s the thing. Parties frighten me. I’m uncomfortable facing big noisy groups of people I don’t know. I like it even less when … More Introvert At A Party

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Bees of Stupidity – review

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed one of these books on my site before. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent all my time telling people I meet to buy them! The Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face series has caused more bedtime merriment in this house than any other. My seven-year-old literally squeals in delight, and I have been … More Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Bees of Stupidity – review