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My most recent title is the middle grade novel, Clownfish, published by Walker Books. My 100th book, it was called “a gem” by The Daily Telegraph.

The wonderful Tiny Owl will be publishing my picture book Quill Soup (illustrated by the South African artist Dale Blankenaar) in June.

I’m currently running a British Arts Council funded project on the link between oral and written storytelling in South Africa.

My next course on writing for children in Brighton runs from 5 – 7 July (email for details). My next picture book course for Penguin Random House is on 19/20 July (

I took part in a panel event on writing about challenging issues at The Brighton Festival on Sunday 19 May. I’ll also be at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August talking about Clownfish and Quill Soup.