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Visit my Story Soup Store website ( for information on online courses on writing and illustrating stories for children.

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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, Spain, France, Italy and Russia. It’s currently being turned into a play!

My picture book Quill Soup (published by Tiny Owl and illustrated by the South African artist Dale Blankenaar) has been awarded a prestigious White Raven given to “books that deserve worldwide attention” and was marked out as “one to watch out for” by The Sunday Times. It was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for The English Award Picture Book Prize. It has recently been published in all 11 official written South African languages!

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 two-day picture book course for Penguin Random House is on 14 and 15 May and is nearly sold out!