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…

The importance of libraries
How Dark Is Too Dark?

Recently I wrote a piece for Guardian Children’s Books about whether children’s books should be age-banded and categorised. I still find it hard to believe that Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are could ever have been thought of as too…

Interview with Booktrust

Earlier this month I chatted with Booktrust about embarrassing memories, writing children’s books and what I’m up to next. You can click on the link here.

Getting ready for Violet Ink

The town where I live is a beautiful, rural market town in Dorset. It is also on top of a hill. Today the sun is shining, it’s the local food fair and our High Street is crammed full of people…

From Blume to Cormier

Recently I contributed to the Top Ten Books feature on The Guardian Website. It was really difficult choosing just ten books, but the books I chose were all books that I have really enjoyed reading – and for me, that…

Book Launch

Thursday 6th March is a day that I will not be forgetting anytime soon. World Book Day plus the publication of Dandelion Clocks equalled a fantastic, manic, exciting day at the school where I teach. I was awake at 4:15am,…