The lovely peeps at Oxford University Press Education interviewed me during half term about Looking at the Stars, Electrigirl, which characters I identify with, how to write a 500 word story, and what inspires me creatively. I’m not quite sure why the video insists on starting at 2 mins in but I can’t seem to … More Interviewed!
A few weeks back, I ran a songwriting workshop at Didcot Girls’ School which was a huge success. The school decided to hold a competition for the finished songs, and to my utter delight, the winner (not decided by me but by the school’s Patron of Writing, Elaine Baker) was Erin Brady, with a really … More Young student wins competition with song based on my book!
A teacher has studied Looking at the Stars with her Y7 class, and they have sent me some wonderful reviews! Thank you so much, Miss Brett and Hartford Church of England High School – and thank you to the fantastic Y7s for their thoughtful and beautifully-written reviews! “I really enjoyed this book as it shows how … More Y7 reviews of Looking at the Stars
A few days ago I received a wonderful email from a reader who had enjoyed Looking at the Stars so much she used it as inspiration for a recent art project. She said she found the book very meaningful and tried to capture that in her work. I think she absolutely has – what do … More Fan Art: Looking at the Stars
In many ways, 2016 was a real stinker. But on a personal level, I had a good one, with lots of writing work, and fun with my family. 2017 is going to be my busiest publishing year to date, however, and this is what kept me so busy in 2016, writing all of these…! This … More Hello 2017! and new books out this year!
It’s been a really busy few weeks: I’ve been on a deadline for a short story, I did lots of Electrigirling, and then when everything stopped, I got ill! (Natch.) In all the being-away-from-my-deskness, I haven’t properly celebrated my wonderful news: Looking at the Stars has WON an award! Thank you to the wonderful people … More Looking at the Stars – latest awards news
Last time I wrote, I was in the dumps. And to be honest, the days and week or so that followed were HARD WORK. A not-very-enjoyable part of being a writer. I started the manuscript again, the one that wasn’t working. And it was SLUDGY. Very, very hard going, and kind of BORING. I BORED … More On the Up again…!
Thanks to Sarah Blizzard for the photos from Wednesday’s launch party!
Last night was my launch party for LOOKING AT THE STARS, and I had SUCH a good time 🙂 So many people from different areas of my life came: ten other children’s authors eight school librarians plus assorted colleagues and children my primary school head teacher my A Level Maths teacher an aspiring writer I’ve … More A lovely party
Today I’m blogging over at Wrathqueen’s Books (FAB name!) about why Looking at the Stars has been sooo long in the making… http://wrathsqueensbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/blogtour-looking-at-stars-with-guest.html?