Seven Stories, Three Books and One Website

Pher-yoo, it’s been a busy summer! I had a wonderful day at the very special Seven Stories in Newcastle: the national centre for children’s books. I ran a workshop in the morning, gave a talk for families in the aft and then had a tour of the amazing exhibitions, including the stunning new Michael Morpurgo one.


Upstairs on the top floor (the seventh storey indeed) is a magical space which includes giant 3-D versions of Jim Kay’s wowsome illustrations for the Harry Potter books. If you get the chance to visit, do go!


It’s also been a busy summer for finalising books. I have three new titles coming out this September, including the Christmas Anti-Boredom Book, a new Prankenstein novel, and my first book for adults for three years: Poems for Pensioners! I’m very excited about all three and will be blogging more about them soon.


Finally, I’m delighted with my shiny new website and hope that you like it too (do send comments). It’s the work of the excellent Janet at Monality Web Design and I think she has done a brilliant job, especially as I kept asking for weird things…

Right, I’m about to jump on a train to the Edinburgh Book Festival, which I’ve never been to before, and to hopefully have a little taste of the Fringe too!

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