The parting of the ways

That title is much more dramatic than this post will be :-)! However, I decided this was something worth writing a little blog about, so here goes. Most of my books - by quite a long way - are books for adults. However, just before the pandemic, I published a picture book for children - …

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4 Easter egg hunts you can do at home

Hi there, Normally we'd be thinking about trips to go on during the Easter break, but, well... In previous years I've posted home Easter egg hunts on here, and I figure this year is probably the one to collate all those posts together. The hunts are suitable for kids between about 6-11: younger ones might …

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X marks the spot! A map of Much Gadding

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday drawing a map. This is writing-related, believe it or not, because it's a map for the new book. I love maps. Simon Garfield's On The Map is one of my favourite non-fiction books. Atlases, jigsaws, maps in books. When the kids had to do a treasure map for homework …

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Egg Hunt 2016: The Quest for the Easter Bunny

After last year's egg hunt with rhyming clues, I felt I might have painted myself into a corner. This year, therefore, I've written a little story which has the clues incorporated into it, called 'The Quest for the Easter Bunny'. To stage the egg hunt you'll need 7 envelopes, a printer, and some mini eggs (larger …

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So much to do, so little time…

As blog posts go, this one is a check-in to let you know that I haven't been eaten by an Alsatian (or the cat). I've just been busy doing things. In my last post I talked about sending my manuscript to a small army of beta-readers for the very first time, and joked that I …

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