ME

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Parent, gardener and writer of books for 7 – 12 year olds – This blog is largely about writing for children, but also about living in rural suburbia; a place where having a bonfire is a piece of news.

Over the years I have worked as a shop assistant, a dinner lady and a curator.  I have pulled up more dandelions than a person should and painted hundreds and hundreds of small wooden boats for my husband, a toymaker.

Some years ago I graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young people. My tiny class contained Gill Lewis, Sam Gayton, Giancarlo Gemin, Che Golden and Sarah Hammond.

Since then, I have appeared at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature, the Cheltenham Literary Festival, Bath Literary Festival, and Hay.  I have been shortlisted for prizes including the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award, The Leeds Book Award, the Leicester Our Best Book Award, the Enfield Book Award, the Heart of Hawick Book Award, and longlisted for the Oxford Book Award, the Redbridge Children’s Book Award, The Leicester Reading Rampage, and the Branford Boase Award.  Dear Scarlett was part of the Booktrust’s Bookbuzz programme and was given out to thousands of schoolchildren across Britain.

My books have been translated into French, German, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Tan. I have written free workshops for the Booktrust, available here.

I have also worked on  the Story Adventure, an interactive sequel to SHRUNK!

I am represented by Kate Shaw of the Viney Agency.

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