Monday, 13 July 2015

Children's Book Week • Notts TV 630 Show appearance

Last week was Children's Book Week and my local TV station Notts TV marked it by having me as a guest on their 630 Show along with Tim Ryan, one of the organisers of Nottingham's wonderful Telling Tales Festival. Notts TV didn't know it when they invited us, but Tim and I are old friends; we both came to Nottingham to study architecture at the University and went on to work side by side in the same Nottingham practice for a couple years.

I'd originally been invited on to the show to talk about my own books, but I offered to recommend a couple of recent favourites by other authors and illustrators. And then I realised that I ought to take the opportunity to promote the Summer Reading Challenge which was launching the following day. So in the end I didn't have time to talk about any of my own books, but there's an image of one of them, The Silver Serpent Cup, on the screen behind me.

The show went out live and the half hour seemed to fly by. Before I knew it we were finishing with a great performance from Rich Howell of Nottingham music collective RJMarks.  Thanks to Notts TV and 630 Show presenter Nicola Beswick (who's a big fan of kids' books) for having us on.

The books I recommended on the show were:
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
written by Andy Seed
illustrated by Scott Garrett

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The Sleeper and the Spindle
written by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Chris Riddell

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The Telling Tales Festival is on 10 October 2015. You can find out more about it at

And you can find out more about this year's Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge at

Monday, 6 July 2015

WOLVES AND APPLES Children's Writers Event • Leicester, Saturday 3rd October

I'm going to be doing a couple of events at this year's Wolves and Apples Children's Writers Event in Leicester on Saturday 3rd October.

Wolves & Apples is an annual event where established authors, agents and producers from a variety of mediums offer practical advice and guidance on how to write for a younger audience.

I will be talking about writing picture books and taking part in a panel event.

The lineup is still being finalised, but confirmed speakers include novelist and 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman, TV writer and Wolfblood creator Debbie Moon  and theatre director and dramaturg Juliet Forster.

The event is taking place at the College Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Leicester and there is a General Admission price of £25 (yes, that is extremely good value!) for the whole day.

You can find out more about the event at

CLICK HERE to book a ticket online