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My 100th book, the middle grade novel Clownfish, published by Walker Books, was called “a gem” by The Daily Telegraph. It’s been shortlisted for the Hounslow and the Bolton  Children’s Book Awards and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. It has also just been published in Iran!

The wonderful Tiny Owl published my picture book Quill Soup (illustrated by the South African artist Dale Blankenaar) this summer. It was marked out as “one to watch out for” by The Sunday Times and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rwe0bat7mw

My next online course on writing for children begins on 2 December. There are more details on the Courses page of the website.

I was honoured to be the first Writer-in- Residence at the Book It Galway children’s book festival recently. What a pleasure!

I’ve just come back from a hugely enjoyable trip to Sau Paulo in Brazil where I was working for a week in the secondary department of St Paul’s School.

I’m currently running a British Arts Council funded project on the link between oral and written storytelling in South Africa. My dream is to produce an anthology of stories in all eleven official languages!

My next picture book course for The Guardian is on this Saturday, 23 November.

I was at the Edinburgh Book Festival recently talking about Clownfish and Quill Soup.