UKYAX!

On the 28th Feb I took the fast train to Birmingham for the first ever UKYA Extravaganza, organised by YA authors, Emma Pass (of ‘ACID’ fame) and Carnegie nominated Kerry Drewery. We met in a local pub where we conversed with great erudition and insight on weighty matters like who had the best bookmarks. Here’s a photo of…

Sorry it took so long…

Ahem. I appear not to have blogged for a while, so here’s a rundown of what’s been going on and what’s happening soon: There are always great articles on the Author Allsorts blog, and last month’s theme was writers’ daily routines.  Here’s mine. At the end of last year my fantastic former editor, Shelley Instone, became a…

Vampire Babies

Here’s me chatting to the year 4 and 5 kids of the Hackney primary school I visited on Wednesday. They were a savvy bunch, and many more of them than usual survived the cull in my Victorian ‘It’s a Knockout’ game.  Several of them even chose the right Victorian career (pure collector*) that meant they…

My ghost

The Figment of my Imagination made another appearance today, while I was putting clothes away (see expert diagram): a small shadow at the edge of my vision. It seems to be becoming bolder. It all started a year or so ago when I began discovering long black hairs in the bathroom: 30 cms at least….

10th Anniversary Derbyshire Bookbash

I’d been somewhat nervous about attending the Derbyshire Bookbash.  To the extent that when my son complained he was a bit hot at a fete the previous day I decided it must be heat stroke and I’d be totally irresponsible to leave him. Needless to say I was encouraged to go (the moment I boarded…

Amy’s review of my workshop

Here’s a review of my workshop from one of Bruton School for Girls’ very talented writers (and clear connoisseur of author talks).  Thanks, Amy, and keep up the good writing. On the 7th of June 2013, Sarah Naughton came to the school to tell Seniors 1, 2 and 3 about her book, “The Hanged Man Rises”….