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My 100th book, the middle grade novel, Clownfish, was published by Walker Books in November 2018.  It’s been called “a gem” by The Daily Telegraph. It was recently shortlisted for the Hounslow and the Bolton  Children’s Book Awards. 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) in June. It was marked out as “one to watch out for” by The Sunday Times.

I am in Galway for a couple of weeks as the first Writer-in- Residence at the Book It children’s book festival. What an honour!

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!

I’m currently running an online introductory course on writing for children. There are more details on the Courses page of the website.

My next picture book course for Penguin Random House is on 11 and 12 October ( My next picture book course for The Guardian is on 23 November.

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