Launching Strawberries and Chocolate

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

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Four Days of Festival Brilliance with Chiplitfest!

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!

Lemons in foreign languages, and encouraging teens to write bad language

I have been in full-on ‘Get Through To Do List’ mode recently! Latest crucial things have been edits on Electrigirl 2 (Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm, out next Aug) and trying to come up with an idea for 5-7 year-olds as I’d been asked to pitch for a specific range by a publisher. Also I … More Lemons in foreign languages, and encouraging teens to write bad language

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!

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