In it you’ll hear me talk about my journey in writing, the importance of joining a writing group in my 20’s, why I believe books are better than screens, and what I’ve got in common with a cabbage white butterfly…
Interested in becoming a picture book writer? This autumn I’ll be teaching my popular online evening course for Goldsmiths, University of London.
Themes explored will include beginnings and endings, creating characters that children will love, how to ‘keep writing young’, the music of languaged and how to create page-turning stories.
The course starts on 12th October and runs for 10 weeks – on Tuesday nights from 6.30-8.30pm,. It will be a journey into the craft of writing picture book stories, and I’ll be helping all participants come up with one of their own.
one to one tutorial.
question and answer session with Maria Tunney, Senior Editor at Walker Books.
2021 sees the publication of two new nature books written in collaboration with ecologist Alex Morss.
BUSY SPRING is a follow-up to Kate-Greenaway-Medal-nominated WINTER SLEEP. And, like that title, it features stunning, life-rich illustrations by Cinyee Chiu.
Spring sunshine is nature’s alarm clock, telling wildlife to wake up after winter. You can see, hear and smell the signs of newness as the season arrives with a rush of energy.
What gives spring these characteristics? Why does it trigger a burst of busyness in plants and animals? How do they help each other to grow and develop? BUSY SPRING answers these and other questions, through a combination of a picture book story and an information section.
FUNNY BUMS, FREAKY BEAKS is a unique compendium of animal peculiarities. Why do living things look so different? Some animals may look funny or freaky, but their strange features have incredible stories too.
In this entertaining and informative title, illustrated by Sarah Edmonds, those incredible stories are told, and the advantages of some of the strangest features in the animal kingdom are explained.
Ideal for 7-11 year olds. Filled with engaging artwork and fascinating information.
RIDING A DONKEY A DONKEY BACKWARDS – my laugh-out-loud collection of Mulla Nasruddin stories written with Khayaal Theatre – has been chosen by The Reading Agency for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge book list. And we’re pleased to be joining Jacqueline Wilson, Cressida Cowell, Philip Ardagh and Joseph Coelho as part of the SILLY SQUAD Summer Reading Challenge 2020.
This ever-popular library-based reading challenge will be launching on 5th June 2020, in an all-new digital format due to Covid-19 and the ongoing social distancing measures in schools and public libraries.
And very sensibly, given the times we’re in, they’re giving it a silly theme!
Expect lots of reading fun along the course of the SILLY SQUAD programme. It will run from June until September and feature readings, jokes, poems, creative challenges, family activities and draw-a-longs from the authors and illustrators involved.
Libraries around the country will continue to run the Summer Reading Challenge, delivering it via virtual services and e-lending platforms, and adapting their delivery if social distancing measures develop and change.
So head here from 5 June 2020, to join in the seriously silly fun:
I enjoyed a recent chat with Elephant Books about THE SNOWBEAR.
You can find out more about writing that book, my collaborations with Claire Alexander & my thoughts on the biggest challenges facing parents, given the current relationship between kids & reading. Their MEET THE AUTHOR feature is here: