Activities page added for lockdown!

With another lockdown now in full effect, I wondered if there was anything I could do to help kids in Congleton (and beyond!) keep themselves entertained. It occurred to me that I still had some activities that I created for Sarah’s Shadow a while back when I...

One Night in Beartown is out now!

After a busy Kickstarter campaign during lockdown, several months liaising with my wonderful artist Si Clark to get the illustrations just right, and then the search for a good local printer, I am pleased to say that One Night in Beartown was published on 1 December!...
My interview with Lois Davis, children’s author

My interview with Lois Davis, children’s author

As some of you may know, I am not just a children’s author. My day job is proofreading and editing, and this means I get to read lots of other people’s writing, including other children’s authors. One of my latest customers is the lovely Lois Davis,...
We did it! One Night in Beartown is happening

We did it! One Night in Beartown is happening

After 30 days of ringing, emailing and messaging local companies, friends, relatives and colleagues, and promotion on social media and local news media, I’m proud to announce that I hit the Kickstarter target for One Night in Beartown! This means that the book...
We’re going on a bear hunt…

We’re going on a bear hunt…

Which of the above bears will we catch next on our bear hunt? The Kickstarter for One Night in Beartown has been going well over the past few weeks. A number of Congleton companies have sponsored the book now, including Bearmania 2011 organiser and Secret Millionaire...
My son’s workshops with Lois Davis

My son’s workshops with Lois Davis

A few weeks ago, in the middle of lockdown, a friend of mine, fellow children’s author Lois Davis, mentioned her new Zoom workshops to me. Ahead of the publication of her new book, Lois has been holding workshops via the popular video conferencing app with...
We did it! One Night in Beartown is happening

One Night in Beartown needs your support!

After a long hiatus (sorry for the protracted radio silence!), I am finally back in the saddle with a new children’s picture book! I actually wrote this book in 2018, soon after publishing Sarah’s Shadow. but life got in the way until now. Also, publishing...
Sarah’s Shadow wins two awards!

Sarah’s Shadow wins two awards!

June was a great month for me, and not only because England are doing surprisingly well in the World Cup. I found out last week that my debut picture book, Sarah’s Shadow, won an Honourable Mention at the Purple Dragonfly Awards in the ‘Picture books for...
Interview with Rachel Gilbey, blog tour organiser

Interview with Rachel Gilbey, blog tour organiser

I recently did my first book blog tour and found it to be a very valuable experience. It was a joint tour with fellow children’s author Marion Adams, which made it even more special. The tour gave us great exposure and led to loads of great reviews, and it was all...
Meet me at Mellor Literature Festival 2018!

Meet me at Mellor Literature Festival 2018!

I’m very excited to reveal that I will be appearing at the first-ever Mellor Literature Festival on Saturday 30 June along with more than a dozen other authors. I will be doing a book reading of Sarah’s Shadow, answering kids’ questions, handing out...