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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

Teachers, librarians, workshop leaders, would you like some free classroom resources to download? You would? Excellent! Click on the links below. Kids, you’re also welcome to download these and have a try at them. Let me know how you get on. The Legend of You Have you ever wanted to star in your own story? Here’s… Read on…

New website launch giveaway!

Ahoy book lovers! To celebrate the launch of my new website, I am holding a giveaway. Hop over to twitter, follow me if you don’t already and retweet my giveaway tweet (it’s pinned to make it easy to find. You can win this lovely bundle of goodies: A signed copy of Journey to Dragon Island… Read on…

Tharrrr she goes!!!

Dragon Island has been out and about for a few weeks now. But before the big launch, one of my advance copies went on a quick tour of SCBWI members. First, the US edition pays a visit to Welsh author, Eloise Williams. Eloise is the author of the delightful Elen’s Island for younger readers, and the considerably… Read on…

If Life Gives You…

Hello, Trudi Storme here, pirate and ship’s cook aboard the great and legendary Onion. The story of our adventures on Dragon Island has just launched into the world and I’m celebrating by making lemon and strawberry cupcakes. I love lemons. There’s a saying: ‘If life gives you lemons, make lemonade,’ which means if life gives… Read on…