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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.

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’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 writing for children course in Brighton will run from 20 – 22 September. It’s filling up fast so book soon if you’d like to come! I’m also running an online introductory course on writing for children from 10 September. 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 (

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