Do You Speak Chocolate? is the latest for 9-12s by Cas Lester, author of Nixie The Bad, Bad Fairy, and Wilfred the (Un)Wise. Before I get started on what I thought of the book, just look at that gorgeous cover! The real thing is even prettier, with the yellow bits picked out in gold foil, … More Do You Speak Chocolate? – review
Last night, Blackwells in Oxford was once again host for my latest launch party. If any Oxfordshire authors are wondering which venue to choose for their launch, look no further! Hannah and Beth and Ryan at the shop are always so incredibly efficient and helpful and accommodating – this time they didn’t bat an eye … More Launching Strawberries and Chocolate
What a fantastic weekend I’ve just had! The fifth annual Chipping Norton Literary Festival (otherwise known as Chiplitfest) has just finished, and it was SO MUCH FUN! Lovely author pal John Dougherty and I were heavily involved in programming and running the children’s events, including performing in our own events, so it’s been a dash … More Four Days of Festival Brilliance with Chiplitfest!
The week has passed in a blur! Last Friday, I spent most of the day with Cathy Brett (Electrigirl illustrator extraordinaire) and Cas Lester (author of Wilfred the (Un)wise) as we launched our books on an unsuspecting world! (actually, pretty much everyone WAS expecting it, because I’d gone on about it so much…) The three … More Launching Electrigirl – party and events!
You know how when you’ve been anticipating something for SO long that when it actually arrives, you find it hard to believe?! Well, that. ELECTRIGIRL IS PUBLISHED! And I have been blogging extensively about its process. If you’ve got a spare five or ten minutes, grab a cuppa and click on these… A fabulous Happy … More ELECTRIGIRL is here!!
It’s the Oxford Literary Festival, hurrah! And I popped in on Saturday and Sunday last weekend. On the Saturday, I did a mini event in the Blackwells festival bookshop, talking about Looking at the Stars and teaching anyone who wanted to have a go how to make 3D paper stars. It was lovely to see … More Talking ghosts and meeting friends at the Oxford Literary Festival
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
I don’t read a lot of fiction for 8-12s. I mainly read teenage and Young Adult fiction (which is quite often the same thing only the YA tends to include more sex). But I jumped at the chance to read Harvey Drew for review because of two reasons: a) I recently met the author, Cas … More Harvey Drew and the Bin Men from Outer Space – Review