Winter is coming

Pretty much everyone is aware of the crisis that has been brewing just across the English Channel. The refugee camp in Calais isn’t referred to as The Jungle because of its warm, humid environment. It was named The Jungle by…

Patron Of Reading

In April I was fortunate enough to be appointed Patron Of Reading at our local primary school. Staff at the school are really committed to promoting reading – and specifically, reading for pleasure. We started off with a whole school…

Book Giveaway

I’m running a book giveaway over on Goodreads. There are three paperback copies of Five Things They Never Told Me up for grabs so if you’d like to win a copy then click on the link and scroll down to…

Book Signing

I am really excited to be book signing at Waterstones in Salisbury this Saturday (14th March). If you’re in the area then come and say hello! I’ll be there from 11-1 and I’m really looking forward to meeting some readers…

Get designing!

Today, I received a fantastic message from one of my readers – the brilliant April. She sent me a photo of the book cover for Dandelion Clocks that she designed for World Book Day. I love it! And it got…

Five Things I Wish I'd Known At Thirteen

Thirteen is a tricky age (so is forty actually, but that’s another story). Like most children I hotly anticipated this age, imagining that life would be very, very different when I was finally a teenager. This birthday coincided with a…

Five Things

I am SO excited that my third book, Five Things They Never Told Me, is out with Puffin on World Book Day! You can find out more about the book here. So, while I’m starting to get ready for Book…

Dandelion Clocks production

The amazing kids over at Z-Arts are currently partway through their performance of Dandelion Clocks, a performance based on my book but devised entirely by themselves. Gutted that I can’t make it to Manchester but very excited that Liv and…

A link to the wonderfully enthusiastic and very attentive listeners on my last school visit! Click here to see their Year 6 blog

Fab day in school!

I have just spent the day in school on an author visit and, as always, have come away feeling amazed at the high levels of literacy in our primary schools. I think the thing that strikes me the most is…