Over the weekend, I went to Blenheim Palace with my family. We live fairly near it, and we didn’t actually go into the palace this time, just the grounds. But we walked down a track I’d never taken before, and there was this beautiful lake, glittering in the sun. And we were lucky enough to … More Blenheim Palace in the autumn sunshine
On Friday, I went to the annual Oxfordshire Book Awards. I love going to the OBAs. The organisers are brilliant, and there are always loads of kids from local schools who are passionate about books and reading. The winners get to do a little speech and any local authors who attend are made a fuss … More Celebrating great books in Oxfordshire
Last week, it being half term, I took my daughter to see the new comic strip outside the Story Museum in Oxford. The Museum isn’t properly open yet (we keep our fingers crossed that it will be next year!) but artist Neill Cameron has done some fantastic artwork to explain what’s happening and what the … More Cartoons at the Oxford Story Museum!
This is one of those books in which the location is almost a character of its own. Fourteen-year-old Deo and his older brother Innocence live in Zimbabwe, but their lives are changed forever when soldiers come to their village and massacre everyone. Suddenly the two brothers are forced to run – to South Africa, where … More Now is the time for Running – review
My friend Shelley had a little boy last week, and I wanted to make something special for him. Back at university, there were five of us who were really good friends, and ALL of us have had two daughters! Shelley is the first one of us to produce a boy! (after her daughter, who is … More Handmade gifts for a new baby
You know how sometimes people ask you who inspired you? It can be a difficult question to answer. Should you pick your parents, or a relative or friend who overcame some great difficulty? Should you choose a famous figure who did a lot of good? When I was young, I always thought I should mention … More Meeting a hero – Susan Cooper
I made this with my daughter the other day. She’d been collecting acorns and had found one with a little hole in. ‘Then I stuck my nail in and it made a keyhole!’ she said proudly. So I suggested we add a playdough top to it to make it into a fairy toadstool. Wonder what … More Fairy toadstool!
I am SO HAPPY. Like this 😀
Last year, Barrington Stoke (a small publisher) published my book LOVE BITES. Here it is – and you have to imagine that the grey bits are actually shiny silver. It’s a very beautiful cover when you see it with your own eyes! Anyway, it’s a story about Grace and her boyfriend James. They are soo … More Vote for my book!
I heart Pea. I really do. I read the first Pea book (Pea’s book of Best Friends) a year or so ago, and I loved it. It’s a cracking read, and so is this one. Pea is nearly twelve, and due to the bizarre way these things happen, everyone in her family has a birthday … More Review – Pea’s Book of Birthdays