Sunday, 19 August 2012


I’ve just got back from the Edinburgh International Book Festival where I did an event previewing my forthcoming picture book Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit illustrated by Ben Mantle. Although I’ve been to Edinburgh at festival time before, this was my first time at the Book Festival, as either a visitor or a participant, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

As well as reading the book, I talked about my lifelong love of building things and how this has influenced many of my stories. Edinburgh proved to be an ideal place to launch a book about a boy called Callum (a Scottish name meaning dove) and I met two Callums at the signing afterwards. Thanks to them and everyone else that came along.

Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit is published
by Egmont and their Publishing Director, Melissa
Fairley, came along to lend a hand at the event. 

All of the children attending took away a Callum Flick-Flack, an intriguing piece of paper-engineering I’d created especially as a souvenir of the event.
Having spent some time designing it, I thought I should share it with a wider audience, so you can click here to download a smaller print out and make version of the Flick-Flack then watch the video below for detailed instructions on how to make it.

Click here to find out more about Callum's Incredible Construction Kit.