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At the Cully Loves Books Festival

At the Cully Loves Books Festival

Phew! What a day Thursday was! I was invited to perform at the brand new Cully Loves Books Festival in Cullompton, Devon and I’m so glad I was able to take part. We had a bright and early start at Cullumpton’s fantastic new Hayridge Centre, […]

Pencil Tip #19: Put character first

I’ve just come home from a trip to the cinema – Rio 2. I’m a little bit in love with Nigel the evil cockatoo. What a great bad guy. I sort of wish he were one of my inventions, but starting with a character is […]

Sheffield Children’s Book Prize 2014

Sheffield Children’s Book Prize 2014

WOOHOO! I’m massively delighted, hugely honoured and totally thrilled to announce that DING DONG GORILLA! has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize 2014!

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The Sheffield aims to encourage children and young people to read and also to highlight the very best children’s books published each year. Ding Dong Gorilla is nominated in the Picture Book category and is up against some VERY strong competition – check it out here – I’m a bit gobsmacked. Thanks to all who voted it through, and thanks to Leonie Lord and Orchard Books for making it such a corker in the first place. I shall celebrate making it onto this exclusive list later today by allowing myself to eat apple crumble even though I really don’t need to. I think Gorilla would approve.

Pencil Tip #18: Visit the Picture Book Den

I was recently invited to join the Picture Book Den group of bloggers; a team of picture book authors and illustrators who team up to run a blog dedicated to discussing all things about – you guessed it – picture books. I was truly honoured […]

Pencil Tip #17: Ring fence your writing time

Pencil Tip #17: Ring fence your writing time

Aah, Wednesday mornings. Both of my kids are at nursery, so I have four whole hours in which to write. I usually write in my attic bedroom, either on or in bed, with a frequently topped up cup of tea to keep me going. I’ve […]