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2015: Summer of Festivals

This Summer was a summer of festivals for the Steampunk Pirates. In order to mark the publication of my new series I took a specially written performance to four festivals around the UK. The piece involved five songs, one dead parrot, an argumentative coconut and a lesson in existentialism for the under 12s. I started […]

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Creative Writing Course for Kids

This August I’m running a creative writing course for children aged 8-12. It will take place at local cafe, My Jamii Cafe and will involve 5 x 1-hour sessions every day from Monday 3rd August until Friday 7th August 10:30-11:30 am If you live in South East London, you can come along to learn how […]

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Remember You’re in Wombwell

So I’ve just got back from a two day visit to Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre in Wombwell, South Yorkshire. It was a school with its fair share of challenges, but the whole place was a credit to its teachers and pupils. The children were well behaved and the staff were welcoming and it was […]

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March Madness

Me: I feel poorly. LIsa: That’s because you’ve been non-stop all month and now you’ve stopped. Me: Yes, that’s how it feels, like everything has stopped working. Lisa: Or maybe you picked something up on the plane back from Qatar. Me: I suppose. Lisa: Or it could be man flu. Me: I’m going back to […]

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World Book Day

Thank you to everyone involved in five fabulous school visits to celebrate World Book Day this week. I’ve had loads of fund steampunking, Ninja Booming and trying to explain what No True Echo is about. Also, big thanks to everyone who made the effort to dress up as a character from one of my books. […]

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Competition Winner!

I recently did a Twitter competition to win a dedication in the second Steampunk PIrates book, Attack of the Giant Sea Spiders. This is the moment the winner was announced. As you can see my son, Herbie helped make sure everything was fair and above board. Congratulations to Matt Imrie for winning the dedication! Tweet

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SO THIS SPIDER, HE SAID TO ME…

“I finally finished my web. It seems ages since I was standing on that shaking leaf and firing the first strand. That one didn’t hold. Nor the next one but eventually I shot one strong enough to walk across. After that it was voosh-voosh-voosh. I was firing webs like Incy Wincy in April. I was […]

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12 Terrible Writing Tips

“Reading writing tips is as important, if not more important, than actually writing.” Writers do love dishing out free writing tips, don’t they? Whether it’s in blogs, interviews and on social media. They love lending a helping hand to those struggling to write and get published. Personally, I don’t get it. Isn’t it a competitive […]

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Creative Writing

It’s always nice to get emails and I got one recently that I thought worth sharing, partly because its quite moving but also because I think it says a lot about how too much emphasis on grammar, punctuation and all that other technical stuff can stifle creativity. I’m no educationist and it is a tricky […]

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