Festival time!

April and May are busy months with Mirror Magic coming in June. I’ve just received an actual, real copy of the book and it is beautiful inside and out. Here’s a sneak preview of the first pages.     I’ll be announcing launch plans soon, but in the meantime if you fancy a quick trip… Read on…

Merry Christmas and Future Plans

I had a lovely message this week from a young lady called Eleanor. Hello Eleanor! (I’m waving madly across the internet to you.) She wanted to know when the next Accidental Pirates book will be out and as a few people have asked me the same thing, I thought I’d answer the question here. There… Read on…

Digging for Nuts

    As I walked through the cemetery this morning, squirrels were everywhere. This set me off musing that writing is a bit like scrabbling about in your imagination for nuts. Sometimes they are nuts we buried ourselves – a childhood incident, a snippet of dialogue that came to mind and we noted it down… Read on…

Unwise Magic Spot the Difference

Welcome to Wyse, last town in Britain where magic still works. Please make the most of your time here as the world may be ending soon.  I am The Book, by the way, and if you knew what was coming, you wouldn’t be reading this. You’d be running for your life. But while we await… Read on…

Festival Report

Festivals are like buses: You wait for ages then two come along together. I was doubly fortunate to be appearing at Bath and Cheltenham Children’s Literature festivals on the same weekend, and quadruply fortunate that I was on stage with two terrific authors. At Bath, I had Stephanie Burgis, who is already a friend of… Read on…

The Leaves That Hung But Never Grew

As it’s Folklore Thursday over on twitter, I thought I’d share an odd little tale. Earlier this year, my husband went on a conference at Gregynog in mid-Wales While he was there, he spotted this on the wall and, naturally, he snapped a photo to show me: Naturally, I was compelled to hunt down the… Read on…

Downloadable resources for schools

Here are some downloadable resources for my books. You’re welcome to use them in schools, at home, on holiday, wherever you like.     Mirror Magic: The Wyse Weekly Mirror The lovely people at Macmillan’s Children’s Books created a newspaper for the town of Wyse. You can read it here: Weekly Mirror And here’s a… Read on…