New Year

It’s been quite a year. I’ve had loads to celebrate and enjoy and, now I look back there’s an awful lot I feel really proud of. My fifth book came out and people liked it. I had other stuff published, and won a competition too. I have worked with some really amazing and talented people. […]

In Depth and in Liverpool

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with the lovely Virginia Lowes in Café Des Amis in Sheffield. It was raining outside – hard – but inside was good. We ate baclava and I talked, at length, about writing, about teaching, about place, about my childhood influences. We got through a lot and it was […]

A Top Ten, A Book Club, And What I Think Beautiful Is

It’s been a busy online week for me, which is a bit of a change. The week before last I was back teaching at the BBC which was brilliant fun (and it’s always nice to be asked back). Look! Elmo this time! And last Tuesday was the last session with the lovely junior writers I’ve […]

And the Winner Is…

A little while ago, to help me celebrate the launch of my fifth book, Beautiful Trees, I ran a competition. 150 words inspired by trees. I had a lot of entrants. And I mean, a lot. And I read every one of them, at least a couple of times. And I drew up a long list […]

Long List! And a Bit of a Catch-Up

A few things today. First, and most importantly – I have spent a good amount of time over the past couple of days with the entries for my 150 Words Competition. It’s taken me a little longer to get through them than I’d expected, quite simply, because there were loads more entries than I’d expected to […]

10 Things You Might Not Know about the World of Illustration

I’m very, very proud to a have piece up at the amazing InkTank (I’ve been a huge fan for many a year). It’s about illustrations and some interesting things you might not know. And there’s a Donald Trump reference. Go see! 

The Boy Under The Mistletoe – 50p

As I hope you’ll have seen over the years, this blog isn’t only about me. And I think that’s a good thing because I can be very boring (and mumble on about me and my books as little too much). It’s always a pleasure to point you in the direction of good writing, especially when it’s […]

Reviews are like Buses

There is so, so much to report and to catch you all up on but I have people waiting for things from me and about a hundred tabs open and I’m starting to get a little stressed so all of that really cool stuff will have to wait for now. And I’ve my 150 Words […]

Monsters and Trees and Competitions

A brief post today, because, again, I’m busy and because there are trains to catch and people to phone and workshops to plan and general things to do. The 150 Words Competition has now closed and it’s had a remarkable response. I still can’t quite believe how many entries we’ve had – huge thanks to everyone […]