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Hawick Book Awards

  I didn’t need A Scarf and a Half when I visited the Scottish Borders for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards. The sun was shining and I received a warm welcome.   My scarf book was one of four picture books short-listed for the award. A further four were chosen for junior fiction. We… Continue Reading

Granny Mutton short-listed

Granny Mutton’s fame has stretched to Scotland. A Scarf and a Half has been short-listed for the Heart of Hawick children’s book award which will take place in May. It is one of four picture books and four junior fiction books chosen by a panel of parents, teachers and librarians. Around 600 pupils at 10 schools are now… Continue Reading

World Book Day

I’m joining in World Book Day celebrations which encourages parents and children to mark the joy and value of books and reading. I’ll be at the Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood on Saturday March 5 sharing my Granny Mutton yarns and joining in sheep related craft activities. I believe the best way to build… Continue Reading

National Storytelling Week

Whether you like dragons, fairies or finding fortune you will find the art of storytelling has it all. National Storytelling Week running from January 30 to February 6 celebrates the power of the spoken story. I find storytelling can be a great educational and therapeutic tool not only for the listener but also the teller… Continue Reading

Word Play

Having fun with words is the best part of writing a children’s book. Conjuring up rhymes to create word pictures in a reader’s mind or putting together a catchy refrain the reader and their long suffering parents won’t forget is all part of the enjoyment. I like stories that bounce along sometimes in rhyme but… Continue Reading

Books Are My Bag

Books Are My Bag

I will be taking Granny Mutton off to a real farm soon as part of Books Are My Bag celebrations. Authors, publishers and bookshops nationwide join forces on Saturday October 10 to celebrate independent bookshops. I will be at the Nutshell Studios, Barleylands Farm Village, Billericay for readings, book signing and youngsters can learn to… Continue Reading

New Early Reader Book with Bonus Material

New Early Reader Book with Bonus Material

I’m delighted my book A Scarf and a Half has been released as an early reader. It has been adapted from the original picture book to help children make the transition from listening to a story to reading it for themselves. The book also features a quiz and has been book banded to the industry… Continue Reading

Reading Challenge

So how many books did you manage to read this summer? This year A Scarf and a Half was picked for The Reading Agency’s summer reading challenge which aimed to keep youngsters reading through the holidays. The theme was Record Breakers and I visited Maldon library and Baron’s Court Primary School as part of their… Continue Reading

Festival Fun

I recently attended the Felixstowe Book Festival where I provided story time entertainment for some enthusiastic children in the town’s lovely airy library. I followed it up by attending one of the many other weekend author events, pottered in the town’s bookshops and indulged in some tasty cakes in a local tearoom – all this… Continue Reading

Warm Reviews for A Box of Socks

Granny Mutton’s latest yarn A Box of Socks is attracting some warm reviews and inspiring some interesting sock-related activities. Here are a few of the comments. “A Box of Socks is a sock-tastic story. A fabulous woolly adventure that is fun to read aloud. My kids loved seeing all the animal antics after they received… Continue Reading